Support a Family
"This match was enjoyable in SO many ways: I learned a lot about myself and my abilities with moms and babies; I observed and learned about a healthier way of life (this family was very health-conscious); and because the match lasted so long, I was able to watch first-hand as Baby grew and achieved new skills. It was also enjoyable because Mom is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and Baby is just an angel." ~Laura M., Many Mothers Volunteer
Volunteer with Many Mothers
How Our Volunteers Help Families
Many Mothers provides free, in-home support to Santa Fe families with new babies by:
- assisting parents in transitioning to this new chapter of family life with a newborn;
- encouraging family members in welcoming the newborn and adjusting to the new family structure;
- supporting all parents through a non-judgmental presence, validating their new challenges;
- helping out with light chores to reduce parental stress;
- focusing on the parents’ needs so they may enjoy well deserved respite.
How to Get Started
Due to the sensitive nature of the work our volunteers do with families, there are a few steps that need to be taken before a volunteer and family match can be made including:
- meeting with a staff member to discuss your interest, our organization, and how we might best work together;
- committing to supporting each assigned family for 2-3 hours per week for 12 weeks;
- attending our 5-hour Volunteer Training and Orientation;
- providing three character/work references;
- allowing permission to participate in a national background check
Making a Match With A Family
Once you have completed all of the above, we will work to match you with your first family as quickly as possible, as there are always families who need our support. Once matched, you will be asked to:
- communicate regularly with staff about your experiences with the families you support as well as about your own needs and observations;
- attend volunteer meetings as often as your schedule allows in order to maintain a connection with Many Mothers and our other volunteers;
- attend at least two professional development trainings per year to better support families’ changing needs.
Providing Invaluable Support
“Having P’s help was invaluable. We met for the suggested guidelines… once a week for 2-4 hours. She did everything! She held the baby, played with my two year old daughter, helped with laundry or did the dishes. Whatever I needed she was eager and willing to support. We had a fantastic relationship and even got to know each other a bit. I set a goal of trying to complete my two year old’s baby album during the hours she spent with me. I allowed myself to focus on that goal while she was with me, and in the end I successfully completed it! Knowing someone was going to be there to help me every Wednesday afternoon was extraordinarily helpful. It was such a welcome support.”
~Sage, supported by Many Mothers volunteer
Making New Connections
"Supporting mothers with newborns is gratifying and the connections I build are invaluable."
~Lin M., Many Mothers Volunteer
Ready to learn more?
Please contact our Program Director, Anita Castillo at email@example.com to explore your interests in helping new moms and parents.