Women United held their first volunteer event Saturday, December 5 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville. Twenty-seven women volunteered to make Kits For Kids, or Newborn Packets, during Women United’s first service leadership event. Because of them, 1,000 new mothers will receive Newborn Packets with developmental information, community resources and a children’s board book. Newborn Packets are intended to provide parents with low-level, easy to read, bilingual information needed to encourage wellness, early learning and literacy in the home. The Newborn Packets were assembled and delivered to local hospitals to distribute to new mothers.
“Thanks to a partnership with United Way and donors like Depend, the hospital is able to provide new moms with the necessary resources to help promote a life of learning and positive development,” said Mariana Tumlinson, Community Relations Manager at Valley Regional Medical Center.
The packets include Born Learning material, childcare resources, a CHIP insurance application, a Read to Your Child brochure, nutrition and parenting classes’ information, a resource magnet, and a children’s board book. They offer parents information regarding an infant’s developmental milestones, tips, tricks and other answers to help care for a child. These “how-to’s” provide comfort to the child and make being a parent just a little easier. Because a parent plays an active role in a child’s playtime, the packets suggests several ideas for getting involved that result in boosting a child’s self-esteem and sense of confidence. Meal ideas, feeding instructions, and other tips to boost language development and early literacy are included.
Throughout the event, volunteers also enjoyed special presentations by Dr. Seema S. Trakru and Dr. Yesroon Y. Patel on the importance and connection between childhood literacy and development. Lunch and special goodies were also provided. This service leadership project was made possible through a grant from Depend and United Way Worldwide.
These women invested their time, professional expertise and talent to advance causes for children and families in the community.
“I had so much fun working with such amazing and caring women,” said Celeste Solis, a local teacher.
United Way of Southern Cameron County will officially launch their Women’s Leadership Council, Women United, in 2016. As active members, women unite and take action on issues that hit closest to home—by giving, advocating, volunteering and working together to take on complex challenges that face the community.
The United Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a global network of more than 60,000 women in 155 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities.