It’s tough to be a parent in today’s culture. Parenting expectations are set high, financial struggles abound, and support from extended family and community is on the decline. This is especially true of Champaign County. The home to a micro-urban center, a large university as well as rural areas; the region represents a broad spectrum of geographic, socioeconomic and racial diversity. Champaign County has the fifth-highest poverty rate in Illinois combined with a highly transient population. This means many new parents do not have a reliable safety net. Sistering CU strives to mend this gap. Our goal is to spread community awareness about postpartum maternal health and partner with maternity care providers in Champaign County to empower new families through education, volunteer-led in-home visits, and group support. We are that extra pair of hands, the listening ear, and that source of advice - the caring community - many parents need once a little one comes home. Sistering CU offers this support at no cost to families struggling to meet the demands of life with a new baby.
Any amount helps!!! Here is a breakdown of what certain amounts are able to do:
$10- provides a family with a Postpartum Planning Workbook
$25 - sponsors the training of a new volunteer
$50 - sponsors a home-visiting volunteer to be matched with a family for 12 visits
$125 - sponsors a family through the entire first year of support (includes, postpartum planning, home-visiting, parent meetings, and baby box)
Here is a quote from one mom who has used our programs:
The time for my new baby to arrive was approaching and I had heard from a few sources about sistering CU, so I signed up. I was scared and fretting how I could possibly handle having two children as a single mother. I do not have my sisters around or any family for that matter to be my support or help me in any way. I am not use to having any help to even just let me breathe for a second. There’s always that extra hand I wish I had to do many things at once. My volunteer was that extra hand and it has been a huge weight off my shoulders.
I have gone through losing my job, having no help from my baby’s father, trouble working out childcare, stress from work, postpartum depression, and much more. L's help through all of it has been better than any help I could have imagined. I believe that she saved me from going into a panic, deep depression, anything that would put me in a bad mental state that I didn’t want to be in. I know that it’s not much time every week but her willingness to help me do the things that I have been meaning to do is so refreshing. I also enjoyed having her be someone who I can just talk to and love on my children. Words can’t express my appreciation for my volunteer and this program. I can’t thank you enough. -- SCU mom