March begins a series designed to spotlight area organizations and moms who dedicate themselves to the community and to helping moms find creative outlets to express themselves. If you know of an organization or person you would like to see highlighted, please comment below or e-mail me with your suggestions.
This week, the New Orleans Mocha Moms is the premier group. The mission of the Mocha Moms, Inc. is to be a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serve as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within its membership. Lila LaCour, the current president of the New Orleans Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. says, “Mocha Moms is not your typical mommy group. We do incorporate playgroup activities for the children, but our primary focus is our Moms. We support one another and uplift each other with whatever life is challenging us with. We focus on how to be better mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and citizens.”
Mocha Moms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt national organization. Mocha Moms, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socio-economic level, education, or religion. Anyone who supports the mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join.
Mocha Moms take an active part in the community and each mom and family is invited to get involved in whatever capacity they are able. LaCour suggests that for those moms who are busy with taking care of the family, children, or job, to make some time during the weekends; even if it’s only for an hour or two.
The Playgroup meets the first and third Tuesday of the month from 9am – 12pm at the Wilcox Academy and Learning Center located at 1678 North Broad St. in New Orleans, 70119. The Chapter also hosts “Moms Only Night Out” and “Couples Only Night Out” once a month.
Some of the most notable community service activities include:
1. The “Boys Booked on Barber Shops (B-BOBS)” and the “Girls Booked on Beauty Salons (G-BOBS).” The focus is to promote literacy amongst youth. Books are donated by area organizations and then distributed to both the parents and children waiting for services in over a dozen salons and barber shops around the greater New Orleans area. The Times-Picayune and the Louisiana Weekly featured this exciting program.
2. Annual Cure for Cancer Walk. Mocha Moms raise money and walk as part of cancer and health awareness.
3. Dillard University’s Community Health Fair where Mocha Moms promoted literacy in the community by passing out free books and other literature.
Coming up this month, the Greater New Orleans Chapter will be hosting a membership open house/drive. Details will follow on the exact time and location.
On Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 7pm, the Mochas will be celebrating their Annual Black Marriage Day event at a local restaurant.
If you want to get out and meet other dynamic women and their children, contact the chapter at the below information.
NOLA Mocha Moms
PO Box 13265
New Orleans, LA 70178
Finally, if you know of a great organization or woman who you think others should know about, please feel free to comment or e-mail me their contact information. Remember to laugh out loud and enjoy your children today.