How We Started and Who We’ve Become
Mama Says began as a newsletter in Montpelier, Vermont in 2003. We are now an official 501(c)3 non-profit with a board of directors. Mama Says, Inc has become a community network with a mission of improving the lives of moms and their families through support, education, advocacy and communication.
Who Are Our Constituents?
The Mama Says community is made up of moms and their families throughout the Central Vermont region. We are a diverse group of people sharing the experience of raising children in this place at this time. We are mothers and fathers, LGBTQ parents, step-parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandmothers and grandfathers, married, single, separated, divorced, and widowed. We work out of the home, work from home, stay at home with our children, work full-time, and work part-time. We rely on the larger community of extended families, childcare providers, schools and teachers, healthcare professionals, and especially each other in this great task of bringing up children.
We share a desire to raise our children thoughtfully, in what can be is an increasingly busy and overwhelming world. What does it mean to “raise children thoughtfully”? The answer is different for each of us. You can join the conversation by joining our Ask Mama Says Facebook group or join us in person for one of our Mama Says events.
- Provide a platform for community support among Central Vermont parents.
- Empower women and families to make informed decisions.
- Mobilize grassroots action in order to impact public policy around economic and social justice issues.
- Act as a resource for information and education.
- Create and sustain a family friendly society in Vermont and nationwide.
- Provide a place for parents to share their experiences regarding the physical, cultural, and emotional issues of parenting.