Written by Natalie Boyle, President and CEO of Mommies In Need
North Texas Giving Day is back this year on September 19th. We are spotlighting one of the more than 3,000 nonprofits participating this year, Mommies in Need. Read more about the impact of the Giving Day below.
I started Mommies In Need five years ago after dealing with cancer treatment while a stay-at-home mom to twin toddlers. That experience led me to develop a program that provides nannies to moms going through a health crisis. To date, we have served Dallas families with over 20,000 hours of free childcare. Not only is our in-home program flourishing, but we are about to open a free drop-in childcare center at Parkland Hospital that we expect to serve more than 3,000 children each year!
Since 2015, Mommies In Need has raised over $160,000 through North Texas Giving Day. The funds and awareness that have come from NTXGD have been a huge factor in our success and quick growth. Last year, NTXGD brought in almost $60,000, which gave us the capital to expand into Colin County and provide an additional 4,000 hours of free childcare!
Giving Day is one of my favorite times of the year (check our Facebook page to see previous fundraising stunts like singing Karaoke in Target and getting a tattoo of our logo!) It is also a chance for me to get to know and work with other members of the robust and innovative community of non-profits here in North Texas.
North Texas Giving Day is not just about getting people to donate to their favorite non-profit. The spirit of NTXGD is one of abundance- yes, I want people to give to MIN, but I also want them to discover and support as many other organizations as they can!
This year, we are introducing two new elements to our Giving Day celebrations:
First, we have partnered with three other organizations (HopeKids, Pamper Lake Highlands, and Team Mercy) to put together a fundraising challenge: if we can get 50 individual donors to give to all four organizations then our sponsor, Mission Increase Foundation, will award us each a $2,500 bonus prize!!
We are also hosting an “After School Funfest” sponsored by Comerica Bank with snow cones, cotton candy, face-painting, pet adoptions, and more to celebrate Giving Day. We are inviting other non-profits to participate to celebrate that our community is so vibrant because of ALL of the amazing organizations that strengthen North Texas!
Everyone is welcome to join Mommies In Need at our NTXGD After School Fun Fest on Thursday, September 19 from 2-6pm at the Comerica bank at Mockingbird and Abrams!