More than 20 moms and their little ones descended on the Urbana Community Park on Sept. 11 when the MOMS Club of Urbana held their first open house. The club welcomed prospective new members. “It was a great opportunity for our current members to chat with potential members while our children played on the playground,” said co-president Laura Damon.
The Urbana chapter of MOMS, which was established in 2002, aims to provide “a forum to support moms, offering kid-friendly daytime activities, and helping our local community through annual service projects.” Their past community service projects and donations have benefited local families in need, blood drives, and community organizations such as Urbana Volunteer Fire Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Department, and the Urbana Regional Library.
Annually in spring, the club hosts charity bingo. In addition to monthly meetings, the club hosts playgroups, field trips, park playdates, holiday parties, moms’ nights out, brunches and game nights. There is also a book club and a running club. “The events we host provide not only activities for moms to entertain their children,” said Damon, “but also the opportunity for moms to connect with other moms in the area.”
There are currently 40 members. Chapter boundaries include the Urbana and Centerville elementary school geographic zones, and the club welcomes home school families.
Damon, who has one son and is expecting another in December, learned about the organization from a friend who was a member in another state. When Damon moved to Urbana, she immediately searched for a local MOMS Club so that she could connect with local moms. “We are constantly sharing information within our group,” said Damon, “for meal ideas, parenting advice, babysitters … and there is also a lot of sharing of clothes, baby gear,
MOMS Club, which stands for Moms Offering Moms Support, is a non-profit organization founded in California in 1983. There are over 100,000 members in a network of over 2,000 chapters nationwide, offering support for stay-at-home and part-time working mothers.
All chapters are registered with International MOMS Club and use the bylaws provided by the organization, but individual chapters have control over their own activities and finances.
More information about MOMS Club of Urbana can be found at www.momsclubofurbana.com, on the Facebook page @momscluburbana (MOMS Club of Urbana, MD), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The club plans to host another open house later in the year.
Mothers are allowed to attend two meetings or daytime events before deciding to become a member.