MotherLove Volunteer Banquet

30 Apr

As part of Volunteer Appreciation Week, the YWCA MotherLove program held a banquet to celebrate the volunteer mentors who work with teen parents in the program. Each of the participants spoke about what they appreciated about their mentors. The group also was able to hear remarks from singer Kat Williams. She told the story of how her mother was only 14 years old when she was born, and the challenges she had to overcome to become the success she is today. Williams said that the young women in the MotherLove program should be grateful for the support the program provides, and how she wished her mother could have had a program like MotherLove to turn to. She also graced the group with a song.
motherlove volunteer banquet

Project POWER/AmeriCorps volunteer Sarah Coston works with MotherLove, and had this to say about the event:

We are so thankful that so many of our volunteers and program supporters could attend the banquet and allow us to honor them in person. Their contribution to the MotherLove program is truly invaluable.  Their time, donations, and knowledge shared influence each participants future strengthening their safety net and giving them the knowledge they need and the opportunity to succeed. Without each and every one of them the MotherLove program would be at a loss. We would like to thank all of our mentors as well as the following people:

* Kat Williams for singing and speaking at the Banquet.
* Bruce Kennedy for assisting a participant with filming a video for her senior project on teen parenting.
* Tangela Robinson and Rebecca Penland for speaking during the months of March and April at lunch bunch meetings.
* Karen Scarborough and Joe Tarpley for preparing and delivering meals for Enka High School lunch bunch.
* Greg Spray for organizing and hosting a free shopping spree event with clothes, toys, and parenting tools for program participants and their children.
motherlove volunteer baquet 2

If you would like to find out more about the MotherLove program, contact Tangela Ballard-Bowman at 254-7206 x 116 or email tbowman@ywcaofavl.org. If you’d like to make a donation to the program, click here.

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