Many Kids South of Washington members have questions about the relationship between that Google Group and the non-profit South Philly Parents Resource Center/Lilypad. This page is intended to answer many of those questions.
What is the South Philly Parents Resource Center/Lilypad?
The South Philly Parents Resource Center is an all-volunteer non-profit whose mission is to support mothers and fathers of young children to create a strong community for our diverse families. We focus on providing education and emotional support for parents through peer connections.
How is the South Philly Parents Resource Center/Lilypad Connected to The Kids South of Washington?
The Kids South of Washington began as a small group of new moms who met at Benna’s Coffee Shop in the spring of 2007. When the babies got too big for that small space, we started a Google Group to stay in touch, The Kids South of Washington. Since it started as a small group, we were able to use the list to create meet ups and even self-education events, such as baby wearing workshops. At a certain point we realized we had enough energy behind the list to do more, and decided to create a non-profit that could be an engine for larger and ongoing initiatives, and that became the South Philly Parents Resource Center. The list-managers of the Kids South of Washington Google Group are the officers of the South Philly Parents Resource Center. Decisions about the list are made through South Philly Parents Resource Center meetings and emails with South Philly Parents Resource Center volunteers.
How will the KSOW list-serve be different once it’s incorporated into the new website?
The new website will include forums that will allow members to sign up to receive messages in their inboxes on subjects they are interested in. For instance, if you are interested in breastfeeding issues, you would click that forum and get all the emails about that issue. If you are done with breastfeeding and are no longer interested in participating in those conversations, you wouldn’t select that forum, but you may choose others that hold more interest. Another example would be For Sale emails – some people love finding out what’s for sale and other people don’t want those clogging their inboxes. With the new site, you can choose.
What if I like getting everything in my inbox or in digest format?
If you like things the way they are, they don’t have to change. You would simply select all the forums and your emails will keep looking like they do now.
Do I have to pay to remain a member of KSOW Google Group?
No. We will always have free membership for the list-serve/forums. It is likely in the near future that we will offer paid memberships as well, and this would entitle you to a higher level of access to the website and discounts on events/groups. However, it is our mission to provide affordable access to all. Therefore, we are committed to always offering free basic memberships as well as affordable higher-level memberships, workshops, groups, and events. In addition, we always offer a sliding scale for any fee. We never want anyone to be left out because of cost.
I’d love to help support this effort financially. How can I donate?
Just click HERE.
This sounds amazing! How can I get more involved?
Whether you want to come to regular meetings or you’d just like to sign up to help on a one-time basis, or even just contribute your voice to our online conversation, we’d love to get your input and support! This list is full of smart, talented people and we find all of our volunteers bring different skills to the table. If you’re interested in finding out, just email SPPRC/Lilypad and we’ll talk to find the best fit for you.