Frequently Asked Questions
What is Parenting Village?
We are a new nonprofit in the Rochester area that fosters the healthy development of children and families in the Rochester area by offering connection and support for parents.
Who is Parenting Village?
At this point we are a completely volunteer-run organization, with board members actively serving as volunteer staff in terms of developing, administering, and evaluating services. Our board members range in expertise and knowledge, and are all passionately dedicated to the mission of the organization. We also pull from active volunteers who do not sit on the general board but who have a vested interest in a particular program or services, and who are able to head up committees to support our growth and development.
There is already a lot happening here in Rochester. How do you work with existing resources, other programs, etc?
One of our main core values is to work collaboratively with other organizations, and we don’t want to duplicate services. While it is true that there is already a lot happening here for expecting, new and experienced parents, we want to create a more connected experience for families. We want to be a resource that, when someone becomes pregnant, or just has a child, or finds themselves in a new phase of their parenting experience, they know that they have a place to go for support, for information, for connection, and to know that they are not alone.
Why do you need to exist? What’s the point?
The point is that it really does take a village to raise a child! More than ever people are feeling isolated in our society. Extended families are spread out geographically. Sometimes people find that when they have children they don’t feel as supported by their families as they had hoped to be. People often don’t have strong geographical connections in their neighborhoods. Even those people who cite feeling a great deal of support would agree that more support is always welcome during the incredible transition into parenthood. Those of us working on this project have seen and felt, both personally and professionally, the need for this “village” here in Rochester.
Is the Parenting Village right for me? Is it only for people who are stressed, in crisis, or having difficulty with their parenting experience?
If you are a parent or soon-to-be parent who wants to be in the company of other families, if you want to be supported as a parent and offer support to other parents, if you want a place where you can truly share in the joys and challenges with others, if you want to learn and grow with others in community, then you belong here. You might be stressed and experiencing difficulty, but you also just might be looking for more meaningful connections for you and your family. If you are experiencing a crisis that extends beyond the services Parenting Village is able to offer support with, we will have connections to other resources in the community that may help you.
Do I have to parent a “certain way” to be accepted?
No. We are open to all parenting styles that focus on raising healthy and empowered children and families, and we respect and understand that there are many different ways to do this. We are here as a place for all parents to find support, make friends, ask questions and enjoy the experience of raising a family as part of a close-knit community. We create programming that is inclusive of various parenthood experiences, joyful and challenging as they may be! Respect is at the heart of our values and our program design, and we invite all Parenting Village members to actively practice mutual respect alongside us.
What do you mean by “parent”?
To us, “parents” are the primary caregivers of children. This includes ALL family structures and varieties, and we celebrate the diversity of our local families. Programs will be inclusive in nature, and will offer a wide array of support for single parents, straight and same-sex couples, adoptive parents, foster parents, blended and stepfamilies and extended families. Since many “parent” programs tend to be developed with mothers in mind, we will also take into account programming that is designed to serve and support fathers.
Do you have a physical location where all of your programs take place?
We do not have our own physical location yet, but we are working towards this goal. For the time being, we are fortunate to have space donated for our Village Parent Circle, our Nurture Program is a home-based volunteer service, and our social events happen at various locations in the community. To keep abreast of all our developments, including the quest for our own home, check out our website at www.ourparentingvillage.org, or follow us on Facebook.