Nanny Support Groups~ Community Unity Service ~Spring 2010
by Andrea Flagg
Facilitator Nanny Alliance of New York and New Jersey
In Fall of 2007 I met with several of the leaders from Nanny Support Groups across the US while attending NannyPalooza. I admired all the group leaders and how each and every group supported the nannies who were their members.
As we were discussing the types of events our nanny groups hosted, a few mentioned that they participated in community service. This was one area my group, Nanny Alliance of New York and New Jersey was lacking in. Hearing the other groups experience with volunteering inspired me.
At my group’s next meeting I brought up the idea and was pleased to hear the response of suggestions and ideas our members shared. That winter we helped two organizations by collecting items for the local food bank, and then hats, gloves, and scarf’s for the homeless. In April of 2008 my group banned together with NANC (National Association for Nanny Care) and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) for Week of the Young Child where Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ’s efforts collected over 750 books for two community centers in the Tri-state NJ/NY/CT area.
It felt great participating in these events and helping our community! It was wonderful to spend time with the ladies and demonstrate that nannies are caring individuals who are responsible and community-oriented. Having such a positive experience left me wanting to do even more!
In March of 2010, I presented an idea to the Nanny Support Group Leaders for us all to ban together where each of our groups chose a form of community service to represent. My goal was to keep it simple and let the groups decide on who, where and what type of event they wanted to partake in.
Nannies are such loving, giving souls and the response was excellent!
So, Nanny Support Group Community Unity Spring 2010 was created!
Here’s what we have planned:
Association of DC Area Nannies ~ ADCANMaryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC
National Center for Children & FamiliesWashington DC/Maryland Boarder
Entire Spring Season
ADCAN will participate in the Unity Community Service by hosting a series of collections for the National Center for Children & Families. Collections will include a Summer Camp supply collection, Art Supply Collection and Baby Supplies Collection. Collections will be at our March, April and May meetings, the third Sunday of each month.
ADCAN president Kellie Geres says "Our group has done work with them this past year and they have been wonderful and appreciative. They do so much - foster care, transitional housing, homeless shelter, battered women services, summer camp programs, and the list goes on."
To learn more about this organization please visit their website at: http://www.nccf-cares.org/.
BANSG Boston Area Nanny Support GroupBoston and surrounding suburbs
Perkins School for the Blind
BANSG will provide childcare during the yearly regional conference held at the Perkins School for the Blind for parents of visually impaired preschoolers. We are counselors for the day in a well-organized “camp” for the impaired children and their sighted siblings.
Our participation allows parents of an impaired child to learn hope and strategies for raising and educating a blind or visually impaired (often multi-impaired) child, and to meet and talk with other parents who are meeting the same challenges. It is not unusual that we are the first people these parents have ever been able to trust to care for their handicapped child, and that this conference marks their first hours away from focusing on the direct care of their child!
Central Florida NanniesOrlando and surrounding areas
March of Dimes
Greater Cincinnati Area
The nannies from our group will participate in "Go Cincinnati" one of the largest serve projects in our cities' history. We will be assigned to a project that directly influences children.
Denver Area Nanny Association
Children's book drive.
Month of April
Denver, Co Area
The group will deliver new and gently used children's books to lower income area Pediatric clinics, and a women's shelter (The Gathering Place), as well as, Brett's Place which is a Ronald McDonald type home for families and their children who have cancer.
We are going to encourage our group to try and involve their charges in selecting some of their books to donate.
Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ
Tri-state NY/NJ/CT Area
March of Dimes Walk for Babies
The walk gives hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year.
The money raised supports programs in the community that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies. As well as, funds research to find answers to the problems
that threaten babies.
Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance
www.nannyalliance. blogspot. com
Next Door FoundationMilwaukee, WI
Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance will host a book drive for Next Door Foundation - an organization that provides books to inner-city children in our area. We will also be volunteering in their Read to Me program - nannies will read to small groups of 3, 4 and 5 year olds at Next Door Foundation on Tuesday, April 13th.
Northwest Nanny AssociationGreater Seattle area
The Northwest Nanny Association will be collecting new and gently used books, as well as, other infant/child related items. We will be donating all items to Childhaven in Washington State.
Childhaven's four Western Washington branch centers provide therapeutic child care and early childhood education to babies, toddlers and preschoolers who have suffered from or are at risk of abuse and neglect. We are encouraging all nanny members to have the children and the families they work for get involved. Several nanny members from our group will personally be delivering the items at the end of April.
Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ