Since the fall of 2011, The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club® of Pella Area have been growing.
“We have gone from having seven members to now over 20 with many new at-home moms contacting our group weekly,” Tara Kohlhaas said.
Kohlhaas is the founder/president of The MOMS Club of the Pella Area.
The MOMS Club® is an international non-profit organization specifically for all at-home mothers. The group provides activities during the day when mothers need the most support. Kids are welcome to all the MOMS Club® daytime activities. The MOMS was started in the fall of 1983 by founder Mary B. James. The first local chapter was in Simi Valley, California. In 1985, The MOMS Club became a national organization, and in 1996 it became an international organization with over 2,000 chapters.
“I started the Pella Chapter of The MOMS Club shortly after moving to Pella, in the fall of 2011 when my daughter Kenzie was 2 years old and my son Wyatt was just 6 months old,” Kohlhaas said. “Since then, the variety of activities and word of mouth has gotten a lot of stay-at-home mothers in the area interested in joining. MOMS Club activities include weekly play dates, monthly business meetings, lunch dates at local restaurants, holiday parties, monthly field trips, and the ever popular MOMS Night Out. We also created a babysitting co-op to help members in times of needing a babysitter without the exchange of money.”
Throughout the year, the club participates in a couple of service projects and fundraisers. In the summer of 2013, The MOMS Club of Pella Area held their first Garage Sale/Bake Sale and raised over $300, which they donated to Pathways to Pella. This past Christmas they participated in their second year of filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child. In March, the group will be packing backpacks for the Pella Food Shelf.