Young Givers, a giving circle made up of individuals ages 18-40, which focuses its philanthropic efforts of assisting nonprofits, faith communities and individuals, has awarded its first grant. The collective group of donors met in November 2019 to review applications and has selected MOMentum Network, meeting the organization's need for a learning and creative space for children of the program's clients with a $3,000 grant.
"The MOMentum Network is a ministry that is building the village it takes to shatter statistics two-generations at a time with single moms in college and their little ones," officials said. "Whether it's a college student who experiences an unplanned pregnancy or a mom who experiences the loss of a partner without the education she needs, we're here to help them know that they're not in this alone. We provide connections to resources, coaching, and classes to develop life skills and a community of people to come alongside them on their journey."
MOMentum Executive Director Cara Hicks says, "We applied for the first Young Givers grant just before launching our Living & Learning housing program that will provide affordable housing close to campus in community with other moms. This was a dream for us, and getting the grant to provide a special space for the littlest learners (children of single moms) to connect and play together is one of the last pieces of the puzzle.
"We're located adjacent to UTC's campus, so moms can come here to connect with one another or receive coaching while still being able to watch their child(ren) play in a contained and captivating space, as well as utilizing the space during workshops and community group meetings."
Moms have indicated how significant it is to have a space on campus where they feel a sense of inclusion and connection. Mom Zoë shares, "It's so beautiful and useful." Mom Savannah said, "The space for children allows us to gather and build a sense of community with others in the same situation, while knowing they are in a safe place. My son is cared for by family, so he really enjoys being able to be around the other children."
For more information regarding Young Givers and out how to get involved, visit https://www.thegenerositytrust.org/local-initiatives/.