What is Summerville Moms?
Summerville Moms is a 501(c)7 organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, connection and advocacy. We address mother’s needs as individuals and members of society, and promote the value of all the work mothers do.
Yes, but what does all that mean?
In a nutshell, Summerville Moms is about supporting moms. We provide many types of events: children’s activities such as playgroups, mom’s night out, family parties and community outreach opportunities. We design events & activities in response to what members ask for.
What is Community Outreach and Advocacy?
A big aspect of our group that sets us apart from our others in our areas is the desire by our members to give back to the community we live in. Some of our community outreach events in the past have included cooking at the Charleston Ronald McDonald House, visiting local nursing homes, food and diaper drives and sponsoring families who need assistance during the holidays. We also host the only diaper changing and nursing area at the YMCA’s Flowertown Festival which is Summerville’s largest event of the year bring in about 250,000 visitors over the weekend long festival. We are always looking for new ways to give back!
Do I have to join before I attend an event or activity?
No, you can attend 2 events/activities to see if the group is a good fit for you & your children. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with our Potential Membership Coordinator who will get you all the information you need!
Do I have to host playdates at my house or coordinate other events?
No, not at all. Some people don’t feel comfortable hosting or coordinating events. The members who organize the calendar each month will send out a request for members to host for all events on our calendar. There is a list of past events that the committee draws on to help design the calendar. New ideas are welcome even if you can’t host that month. Hosting is a great way to plan activities you like or ones your children would enjoy but even if you never host an event, Summerville Moms is still a great way to meet new people and do fun things. Our group also has a variety of special interest groups such as Book Club and Foodies Group. In the past we have also had Sewing Club, Freezer Club and Scrapbooking Club. If you’d like to start something up, go for it, if you want to just participate, make the suggestion & see what happens!
If I host a playgroup or an event do I have to provide snacks, lunch or pay for an event I coordinate?
If you host a playgroup you are NOT required to provide snacks, lunch, etc for the kids or moms. Some members do have some snacks & beverage available while others request that you bring your own. You are also not required to arrange craft projects, etc. unless you want to do so. The cost for planned (non-playgroup) events are the responsibility of the moms who attend. Generally, we try to plan events with very reasonable or little to no cost.
Is this group associated with any church or political party?
No. We are not affiliated with any religious denomination or political party. Some chapters do hold events or activities at local churches because often that is the most cost-effective meeting space. Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, the common thread is that we are mothers and we want to connect with other mothers.
Do I have to volunteer for a committee?
No. The organization is run solely by local volunteers, our members. You are not obligated to volunteer for anything. It depends on you; if you want to volunteer, volunteer, if you don’t feel comfortable, don’t. Our organization provides many ways in which you can help. This can be hosting small or large playdates/parties on our Events Calendar, volunteering for our community outreach projects, helping with any fundraising that may be needed, or even bringing a fellow member a meal from our Sunshine Meals program. Volunteering is a great way to get connected and may require a minimal time commitment.
So what are the Volunteer Opportunities with this group?
We currently have the following positions:
Our Leadership Team
Co-Leaders (2 positions)
Public Relations Leader
New Member Coordinator
Webmaster & Social Media Coordinator
Sunshine Cards Coordinator
Sunshine Meals Coordinator
Special Interest Group Coordinator
How much does it cost to join?
Annual Dues are $36.00 per year. Our year runs from March 1st to February 28th. For new members joining throughout the year, the amount will be prorated. Please contact us for more details. The entire amount of member’s dues stays right here for our group to use locally. Related costs include but are not limited to: website hosting, community activities, administrative costs (fliers, newsletters, postage, etc.) and other approved expenses that are voted on by our members.
How do I join?
Email us at email@example.com and we will walk you through the process. You will fill out our New Member Enrollment Form and pay your dues. After joining you will meet up with our New Member Coordinator who will give you your new member orientation which will teach you everything you need to know about our group. New members are always welcome!