Now that the fall season has arrived, the folks at Nurture are putting our shoulders into the work necessary to reach our goal of creating a nonprofit maternity resource center. It takes a lot of effort to get your wheels turning when you’re at the start up stage. But once the movement starts, the weight of the train begins to create a momentum all its own. After a quiet summer, it feels like
we’re positively flying into fall. I’d love to share some of the highlights from Nurture’s past few months and some of the things we are looking forward to in the remainder of 2013.
In June we welcomed five new members to Nurture’s Board. Joining us are Amanda Tornabene, Senior Counsel at Dominion; Keith Bell, director of Oriental Medicine Specialists, Heather McLees-Frazier, a Freelance Writer and Doula with a
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background in nonprofit development, Elizabeth Cleveland, Senior Strategic Planner at The Martin Agency, and Angela Patton, CEO of Girls for Change and Founder of another Richmond nonprofit, Camp Diva. We are thrilled to have these passionate, talented individuals lending their energy and expertise to our endeavor. You’ll be hearing more about them in future posts.
In July Nurture had the wonderful experience of working with Sarah Milston of The Spark Mill, who guided
our board and marketing committee through a brainstorming session to move our fundraising muscles into action. We left energized, full of ideas (you could tell by how many of us were hanging out in the parking lot an hour after our session was over), and with the confidence that comes of having a plan in hand. We also took to heart Sarah’s challenge to embrace our “scrappiness”. “Scrappy” has become both our rallying cry and an attitude our start up nonprofit calls upon as we work to bootstrap ourselves up to the next level of organizational development.
In early August, we provided social media support for The Big Latch On, a community engagement project designed to raise awareness about the importance of supporting breastfeeding in River City. We also started to get this blog up and running, with the assistance of Meghan Ondrish, a local freelance writer and mom who
has been helping us organize this endeavor. And in late August, after over a year of waiting, we heard back from the IRS that we’ve been approved for 501c3 status. This feels like a huge psychological hurdle is now behind us.
On Sunday, September 29th from noon to 5 pm, we hope you’ll visit our booth at the Happy Camper Fest at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. This will be our first foray out in to the public eye as an organization, and we’re excited that we will be in the company of such great Richmond artists, businesses, food, and of course, beer!
On October 1, we begin our first classes under the Nurture umbrella, Prenatal Yoga (Tuesdays, 9:15 – 10:45 am) and Baby & Me Yoga (Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm) at Project Yoga Richmond, another fabulous nonprofit here in Richmond. These classes will be offered by donation and proceeds will move our start up nonprofit closer to being in a home of our own.
And on October 18, we launch our inaugural professional development program, Perinatal Loss: Facilitating Healing Through Compassionate Dialogue, which will will take place within the beauty of Maymont Park. A core component of this day will be self-care and mindfulness. We are thrilled to be offering a program that we believe will nurture the care providers in our community, so that they in turn can offer better care to the families they serve. Check back for Meghan Ondrish’s interviews with our event’s presenters in the coming weeks.
So Nurture is chugging along, picking up speed. It sometimes feels like we’re a version of the “I think I can, I think I can” engine of childhood lore: we think we can, and then suddenly – almost magically – we’re doing it.
As a young, grassroots organization everything we do happens as the result of kind donations of time, talent, and money. We are truly grateful for all the wonderful folks who have stepped up to support us as we work to realize our vision of a dedicated maternity resource center for Richmond’s childbearing families. We hope you will consider joining us on this journey.
Stay tuned. This train is leaving