Sunday, June 27, 2010

Taking Your Nanny Support Group to the Next Level

Check out my six part series on Taking Your Nanny Group to the Next Level. 

Part One - What type group is best for you, targeting nannies and reaching out in your community.

Part Two - Websites

Part Three - Newsletters

Part Four - Fundraising

Part Five - Membership Dues and Business Members

Part Six - Promoting Your Group and Ways to Cut Costs

Friday, June 18, 2010

Nanny Support Groups Give Back - Community Service Update

Nanny Support Groups across the country came together these past few months and held community service projects.  Read about how this effort came about and below is an update of what some of the groups accomplished.

Association of DC Area Nannies ~ ADCAN
Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington DC

ADCAN participated in the Unity Community Service by hosting a series of collections for the National Center for Children &Families which serves families in need who reside in the greater Washington, DC area. Some of the services they offer are: foster care, transitional housing, shelter for the homeless, battered women services, summer camp programs,…. just to name the top few.

Collections were donated at their nanny support group meetings and included: summer camp items such as bathing suites, flip flops and sunscreen, as well as, art and baby supplies.

BANSG Boston Area Nanny Support Group
Boston and surrounding suburbs

On May 1st, BANSG provided childcare for pre-schoolers who attend the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA during their yearly regional conference. Members of the BANSG Nanny Support group acted as counselors for the day in a well-organized “camp” for the impaired children and their sighted siblings.

Their participation allowed 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 experiencing similar challenges. Jan St Clair, leader of the BANG support group said, “It was not unusual that we were the first people these parents have ever been able to trust to care for their handicapped child, and that this conference marked their first hours away from focusing on the direct care of their child!”

Denver Area Nanny Association
Denver Area

The Denver Area Nanny Association held a book drive for Children's Hospital of Denver in March and April 2010 and hopes to continue collecting books throughout the summer. The group held two Nanny Brunches, at the homes of Christy Ochs and Melissa Lawson where 8 nannies brought new and gently used books.

After the books were collected Christy Ochs and Cindy Wilkinson took them to donate to Children's Hospital. They also have additional new books that will be donated to "Brett's Place" which is a Ronald McDonald type house for families of transplant patients.

Nanny Alliance of NY &NJ
Tri-stat: NY/NJ/CT Area

Nanny Alliance of NY & NJ participated in March of Dimes Walk on April 25th in Mahwah, NJ. 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.

The group’s efforts raised over $800, and we greatly appreciate all the support we received from our families, employers, friends and the nanny community.

Northshore Professional Nanny Alliance
Southeastern Wisconsin

NPNA collected books and volunteered to read to children at Next Door Foundation in Milwaukee, MI, an organization that helps bring books and early learning skills to inner city children.

The group hosted this event during the Week of the Young Child (April 11-17).

Several nannies volunteered to read on April 13th to groups of 3, 4 and 5 year old children. The event was a great success and the group proudly collected over 200 books for The Next Door Foundation. .

The Nanny Support Groups were proud to show their communities that nannies care for ALL children.