Nurture

Help us expand our home-based peer support program for families with new babies!

We are thrilled to announce that Parenting Village has been awarded a 2017 Possibility Grant by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation! This $25,000 grant will support a one-year pilot of our Nurture program — our home-based peer support program for families with new babies in the Rochester community.

Parenting Village honors the energy required to bring a child into the world, and we seek to nurture the parents who undertake this vital responsibility. Nurture is a Parenting Village program that helps create positive experiences for families with a new baby in their homes. We know that the time after a baby’s birth can be intense for families. Mothers in particular may feel exhausted, drained, or isolated during this period. They may be faced with recovering from the physical difficulty of birth, hormonal changes, and lack of sleep, or other challenges during those early weeks and months.

Nurture volunteers visit families in their homes and offer a steady and supportive presence through the joys and challenges of the first weeks and months of a baby’s life. Two Nurture volunteers spend an hour with families at each visit. This includes weekly during the first month, and then every other week for the following two months — over any three month period in the baby’s first year of life. Volunteers offer to be a listening ear, fix a cup of tea or snack, assist with light housework, or offer connections to community resources. The program is parent-driven, where volunteers ask parents what would be most helpful to them!

More information on our Nurture pilot coming soon. Would you like to participate? Have families to refer? Interested in volunteering? Please contact us at nurture@parentingvillage.org.
“The volunteers helped me to relax and find confidence within the unpredictability and fast-paced transition of motherhood.” -Nurture participant