BWIGH Harvey Relief

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[Image description: A graphic with a blue background and black text. Large text at the top reads: “BWIGH HARVEY RELIEF.” Smaller text below: “Our first concern is supporting organizations providing basic needs of food, water and shelter. Please consider donating to one of these organizations: World on My Shoulders, Houston Food Bank, Texas Diaper Bank, Houston SPCA, BakerRipley. If you’d like to donate carriers to BWIGH, or donate your time to help distribute carriers, please see the details in the post.” In the lower right corner is the Babywearing International of Greater Houston logo. ]

Babywearing International of Greater Houston Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey has displaced many families from their homes and some people have lost everything. Food, water, clothing, and other survival needs are of utmost importance and we want to ensure those needs are met first.
If you have been affected by Harvey and are in need of a replacement carrier or other items, please fill out this form and we will meet your needs to the best of our abilities.

 

If you’d like to donate money to groups helping meet survival needs please consider the groups below. Several of these groups need volunteers as well if you are local:
World on My Shoulders, paypal.me/worldonmyshoulders Please note “Hurricane Harvey” on your donation.
Houston Food Bank: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/
Texas Diaper Bank: https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life
Houston SPCA: http://www.houstonspca.org/give/
BakerRipley: https://goto.gg/29468

Once those basic needs are met, we will be working with families who may be in need of a baby carrier. As many know, carriers can be a much needed source of comfort for children. They can provide a safe, secure place for children while their caregivers try to handle other important tasks.

We are grateful so many people have reached out and are interested in donating baby carriers to help our community members. If you have carriers to donate, please fill out the google form below and we will reply to you with an address to ship your donations. If you are local, we have several drop off locations; please indicate your location on the form and we will contact you with the nearest location.

*Currently USPS is on hold until further notice, so keep in mind that anything shipped will have a delay, whereas money or local items have a more immediate effect.

Please fill out this form if you have carrier donations: https://goo.gl/forms/FfMxCZ6zRHX0Zdbi2

When we donate carriers to shelters, we need people to go in and ensure that the caregivers know how to use the carrier. If you are interested in going to shelters and helping caregivers use carriers, please let us know here: https://goo.gl/forms/vY5LXFzpBUBFoQmS2

 

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Website: http://www.houstonspca.org/adopt/meet-our-animals/?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F Donate: http://www.houstonspca.org/give/ Amazon Wishlist: http://a.co/3DQ0WV5 Amazon Wishlist for Wildlife Center of Texas: http://a.co/0frwu9N

 

 

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF EFFORTS World on My Shoulders (WOMS) and @blackwomensdefenseleague (BWDL) have been fielding phone calls since last night from activists in Houston. They’ve been telling us what they need and how we can support them. These are people in and serving underserved communities that will likely go unsupported by relief efforts of more well-known organizations. We will be going in when the roads clear, which is likely going to be Wednesday. These are the needs in order of importance: $1,500 to facilitate aide efforts Hazmat suits Gloves Trash Bags First Aid Supplies Bottled Water Non-perishable Food items Diapers (all sizes) Wipes Children and Adult Hygiene items Towels Toilet/Tissue paper Children's uniforms (unisex) Children's clothing/shoes (unisex) School supplies Women and Men clothing/shoes (Unisex jumpers) Pillows Blankets Baby Carriers Donate $: paypal.me/worldonmyshoulders Please note "Hurricane Harvey" on your donation. Shipping address: World on My Shoulders PO Box 6576 Tyler, TX 75711 For DFW Area Drop-Off Points: Call BWDL @ 828-REVOLT-0 EDIT 8/29 @ 9:45 am CST: All donations received since this post went live were assumed to be for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. <3 We're requesting any other donations still coming in be noted as "Hurricane Harvey." Thank you! <3 -------------- Image: white square with text in shades of purple #HurricaneHarvey [in a white rectangle outlined in purple] Relief Efforts World on My Shoulders Black Women's Defense League We are coordinating with Houston activists to help address the needs of underserved communities in Houston. DONATE paypal.me/worldonmyshoulders

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF EFFORTS
World on My Shoulders (WOMS) and @blackwomensdefenseleague (BWDL) have been fielding phone calls since last night from activists in Houston. They’ve been telling us what they need and how we can support them. These are people in and serving underserved communities that will likely go unsupported by relief efforts of more well-known organizations.
We will be going in when the roads clear, which is likely going to be Wednesday.
These are the needs in order of importance:
$1,500 to facilitate aide efforts
Hazmat suits
Gloves
Trash Bags
First Aid Supplies
Bottled Water
Non-perishable Food items
Diapers (all sizes)
Wipes
Children and Adult Hygiene items
Towels
Toilet/Tissue paper
Children’s uniforms (unisex)
Children’s clothing/shoes (unisex)
School supplies
Women and Men clothing/shoes (Unisex jumpers)
Pillows
Blankets
Baby Carriers
Donate $:
paypal.me/worldonmyshoulders
Please note “Hurricane Harvey” on your donation.
Shipping address:
World on My Shoulders
PO Box 6576
Tyler, TX 75711
For DFW Area Drop-Off Points:
Call BWDL @ 828-REVOLT-0
EDIT 8/29 @ 9:45 am CST:
All donations received since this post went live were assumed to be for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. ————–
Image: white square with text in shades of purple
#HurricaneHarvey [in a white rectangle outlined in purple]
Relief Efforts
World on My Shoulders
Black Women’s Defense League
We are coordinating with Houston activists to help address the needs of underserved communities in Houston.
DONATE
paypal.me/worldonmyshoulders

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Thank you to everyone who has asked how they can help and what they can donate. We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of most needed items that help tremendously during disaster relief efforts. Items can be dropped off at the Food Bank (535 Portwall Street) NOW – Saturday, September 9; 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday or 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday/Sunday http://bit.ly/HarveyMostNeededItems From their page: “While tremendously appreciated, at this time, we are strongly encouraging long-distance donations to be made monetarily through our official Houston Food Bank donation. We know this is not always possible, but even $1 can make 3 meals for a person in need.”

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Texas Diaper Bank Amazon Wishlist: http://a.co/6LVyqpv Website: https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life There are also several local drop off locations if you are near San Antonio. Check the website or facebook page for details

 

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Baker Ripley We exist to keep our region a place of opportunity, where everyone can earn, learn and belong. Our Global Giving Initiative is raising $1 million to help Houston recover, heal and move forward. No amount is too small. We need you to share, and to give. To donate, visit https://goto.gg/29468 We can do this together. Website: https://www.bakerripley.org/

 

#harvey #harveyrelief #hurricaneharvey #babywearing #babywearingintl Babywearing International, Inc. #bwigh #houstonstrong

 

Volunteers Needed!

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BWIGH runs only on volunteer power, and we need your help to keep things going! If you enjoy babywearing and want BWIGH meetings in your area — whether you already have a nearby meeting or want to bring one into your neighborhood — take a look at some of the FAQs below. If you think you’d be a good fit or if you have any questions, please comment below or send us a message on facebook or email!

 

New Volunteer FAQ:

Q: I don’t know how to use all of the carriers.  Do I have to learn them all in order to volunteer?
A:  I feel like this is one of the main barriers holding people back from volunteering.  The answer is definitely, no.  You do not have to know how to use all of the carriers or even be an expert at ANY of them to be a volunteer.   As we discuss in a few of the questions below, there are plenty of other tasks that can be done, and a lot doesn’t have a lot to do with knowing about carriers.  At meetings volunteers can help with sign ins/ check outs, setting/cleaning up, organization and even helping manage the toddlers and older children running around.  There are also a few organizational tasks behind the scenes that need to be done to help BWIGH run smoothly which also require little knowledge of carriers.  
If  you become a volunteer and attend meetings or participate in our online discussions, you will also learn more and more about the carriers in general.  If you have an interest in becoming an educator, we help train our educators and provide resources so you can learn the necessary skills.  

 

Q: What is the time commitment?

A:  To offer monthly meetings, our organization rely on volunteers who can consistently attend meetings. However, to accommodate volunteers who are interested in helping but cannot commit to monthly meetings we require 2 hrs per month which can be met by either assisting a meeting or supporting the organization in other ways such as helping with meeting logistics and paperwork, providing online support in our Facebook chatter groups or assisting BWIGH board members and leaders.

 

Q: Is there anything I can do behind the scenes, even if I cannot attend meetings?
A:  As mentioned above, there are many things to help with outside of meetings.  A few roles in our organization can be done remotely such as Secretary, Librarian, Treasurer, Outreach coordinator, Social Media Director, International Babywearing Week Coordinator or help with other organizational tasks.  Or if a role is currently filled, there are always tasks that those positions may need an assistant for.  

 

Q: Can I bring my children to events?
A: YES!  We are all caregivers and are very understanding of children and their needs.  Children are always welcome at all meetings, including staff meetings.  We make sure that our locations can always accommodate children.  

 

Q: I get anxious around large groups and do not like to stand in front of a group and speak. Will I HAVE to lead an event?

A: No.  You will only be asked to do whatever you are comfortable with.  You can choose to lead events or not.  You can even organize events, but do not necessarily need to be the one hosting or leading.  If you intend to become a volunteer babywearing educator (VBE), you will be required to teach at least one meeting for your assessment.  However, not everyone is required to become an educator.  We have VBEs, VBEs in training, as well as chapter support volunteers (CSVs) who do not ever intend to become educators but are still a valuable asset to the organization.  

 

Q: How far do I have to drive/travel?
A:  No amount of driving or travel is required if you intend to work “behind the scenes.”  If you plan to attend monthly meetings, you will need to arrange travel to your closest meeting.  You are always welcome to attend other meetings around the area as well.  We try to host our staff meetings in various parts of town, so the same people are not constantly travelling far.  However if you cannot attend a staff meeting for any reason (including travel), depending on event, we try to set up a google hangout so you can still participate via phone or computer.  

 

Q:  Do I have to be on Facebook?
A:  To date, all volunteers have been active on Facebook, if you are not currently on facebook we ask that you create an account for work with BWIGH.  We require volunteers to check in to the staff page once a week so that they are up to date, but do not require daily presence on facebook. Keeping all volunteers on one platform makes it chapter communication easier, however, if this requirement is a problem for you, please let us know and we can discuss alternatives.

International Babywearing Week 2016!

 

[Image is a collage of nine multi colored squares. The top left box reads quote October 5 Hike with Hike it Baby Houston Cypress, Kingwood, and West Houston end quote. Top middle box reads quote October 6 carrier library petting zoo ten thirty A M at Blossoming Mama end quote. Top right box reads quote October 7 Hike with Hike It Baby Galveston- Bay Area ten A M at Challenger seven Memorial Park end quote. Middle left box reads quote October 7 World on my Shoulders Class and Freestore four P M at Solidarity Houston end quote. Center box is the logo for International Babywearing Week 2016. The logo is a navy blue circle containing a drawn image of a baby in a brightly striped sling with just the baby’s head in view. The words ‘best seat in the house’ are overlaid in white on top of the striped sling. Outside of the navy blue circle on the top of the logo read the words: ‘International Babywearing Week 2016’. The middle right box reads quote October 7 Heights Meeting six thirty P M at Bay Area Birth Center end quote. The bottom left box reads quote October 8 Together We Wear Follow us on FB at Houston Baby Wearers end quote. The bottom middle box reads quote October 9 Friends and Family Mixer eleven A M at Eighth Wonder Brewery end quote. The bottom right box reads quote October 10 Hot Peas n Butter Kids Concert ten thirty A M at Miller Outdoor Theater end quote. ]

Celebrate International Babywearing Week (IBW) with Babywearing International of Greater Houston, October 5-10, 2016!  This year’s theme is “Best Seat in the House.”  We have a number of events planned from hiking to a concert to play dates.  Where could your best seat take you?

Here is a list of the events we will be hosting around town for the week!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016:
Cypress Hike 10:00 am at Kleb Woods Nature Center (20303 Draper Road, Tomball, TX 77377)
Kingwood Hike 9:00 am at Kingwood United Methodist Church (1799 Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339)
West Hike:  9:30 am at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary – Houston Audubon (440 Wilchester, Houston, TX 77079)

Friday, October 7, 2016:
South Hike:  10:00 am at Challenger Seven Memorial Park (2301 W Nasa Blvd, Webster, TX 77598)

To kick off International Babywearing Week, BWIGH has partnered with Hike It Baby Houston and Hike It Baby Galveston-Bay Area to teach interested families more about babywearing on the go. Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) and Chapter Service Volunteers (CSVs) will be at each event to present a short babywearing demonstration and answer any questions. The events will conclude with a hike!

Thursday, October 6, 2016:
Playdate & Carrier Petting Zoo from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Blossoming Mama (122 Vintage Park Blvd i, Houston, TX 77070)

Ever wonder what other carriers are in the other libraries?  Want to see all of the BWIGH library carriers?  For this play date, BWIGH has set up a Carrier Petting Zoo and all 5 libraries will be in one place.  Come and “pet” them all, and try some on if you’d like.  (This event is not an official meeting, and will not include a BW101 presentation or the ability to check out carriers from the library. Carrier returns, however, will be accepted.)  Special thanks to Blossoming Mama for hosting this event.

Friday, October 7, 2016:
World on My Shoulders Parent and Caregiver Class and Freestore 
from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Solidarity Houston (6733 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011)

World on My Shoulders is is holding a parent and caregiver class and freestore, to include products and education on babywearing (infant carriers), feeding (including breastfeeding), infant and child care (including cloth diapering), and menstrual heath care (including reusable menstrual products) to help families get through their days.  BWIGH volunteers will be participating in this event to provide information on babywearing and carrier fittings.  This event is FREE but donations are welcome and will go directly to World on My Shoulders operations.  Please see their Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Together We Wear will be an individual all day and online event!
This is to support babywearing in whatever fashion you choose.  It is not time specific, so please flood the public scene and any social media forum you choose with pictures of you wearing your child.  For this event use the hashtag #togetherwewear and the IBW official hashtag #BestseatIBW2016.  This event promotes the normalization of wearing and is a fun way for us babywearers to join together in wearing!

Sunday, October 9, 2016:
Friends and Family Mixer at 8th Wonder Brewery from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm (2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003)
Come join us for some friends and family fun!  8th Wonder Brewery has a great outdoor space with lots of shaded tables.  Admission is free, and there is a fee for beer tastings.  See pricing at http://8thwonderbrew.com/.  Food is available at the brewery from Eastie Boys Food Truck (http://eatsieboys.com/food-stuffs/intergalactic-food-truck), or you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Monday, October 10, 2016:
Concert Meet Up at Miller Outdoor Theater at 10:30 am (6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030)
Let’s have some fun with babywearing at a concert!  The Hot Peas N’ Butter Concert starts at 11:00 am; we will meet under the sculpture at the top of the hill.  Bring chairs, blankets, snacks and water.

 

All events with more details are posted to our Facebook page.  Also check in with the Houston Baby Wearers Facebook group for online events posted each day and for a place to share with us how you are celebrating International Babywearing Week.  We can’t wait to see you and your wearees’ best seats!

#bwigh
#BestseatIBW2016
#togetherwewear
#babywearing

IBW 2015: A week in review!

Thank you so much for an awesome IBW 2015: Embrace Your World! Thank you for your pictures and stories, for participating in our events both online and in person, and for being such an integral part of our babywearing community.

We had a great turnout for our first Monday meeting, where we talked about how to Embrace Your Day — some of our members took home some great giveaways from the box of IBW goodies we received from BWI for sharing how babywearing helps them day to day!

Thank you to Hike It Baby Houston for teaming up with us for our zoo walk on Wednesday for Embrace Your Wild! We were able to do some carrier demos, help folks get more comfortable wearing the carriers they brought, and hike the beautiful trail around the zoo park. The Houston Zoo also had a special zookeeper chat scheduled for us where we learned about alligators and how they carry their young in their mouths! And our little wearees got to pet a baby alligator at the end.

Friday was our Embrace Your Community event with a play date at Blossoming Mama. Attendees got to play with some new and different carriers like onbus and various soft-structured carriers. The kids had lots of fun playing with each other!

Saturday, we staffed a table at Babies R Us in North Houston for a Baby Fair and Diaper Derby, at which we demonstrated carries in many kinds of carriers and helped expecting families choose carriers for their registries.

A special thanks to our many BWIGH volunteers this week who helped make this happen — we wouldn’t exist without you! And last but not least, thanks to Babywearing International, Inc., the IBW planning committee, and all the sponsors (including Ergobaby, líllébaby, and CatBird Baby, who made donations to our libraries, and Happy Family who came to our events with snacks).

See you at next year’s IBW events!

International Babywearing Week 2015!

Celebrate International Babywearing Week (IBW) with Babywearing International of Greater Houston, October 4-10, 2015! This year’s theme is “Embrace Your World.”

Sunday, October 4, 2015
#EmbraceYourLove is all about that bundle of cuteness that you put into that carrier on our Facebook page — show us those babies! Show us who you wear! Show us what they like to do while wearing and what makes them the happiest.

Monday, October 5, 2015
#EmbraceYourDay
is about how babywearing helps you every day. Please join us at our first Monday monthly meeting (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Babies R Us at 18182 Gulf Fwy in Friendswood) for a Babywearing 101 class, where both new and veteran wearers can learn skills and talk about how babywearing can be a useful daily tool.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
#EmbraceYourAdventure is a throwback to 2014’s IBW theme, “Share the Adventure.” Where have you been while babywearing that was an adventure? This activity will take place on our Facebook page — share a story or pictures of the greatest adventure you’ve been on while wearing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
#EmbraceYourWild is about getting out to see what the outdoors has to offer and how babywearing can make that possible. Please join Hike It Baby and BWIGH at 9 a.m. to walk the fitness loop outside the Houston Zoo (6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston). Afterwards, we’ll have a special session with a zookeeper to learn about animals that “wear” their babies! (Details are posted to the event on our page; zoo admission will be required for those wanting to participate in the chat.)

Thursday, October 8, 2015
#EmbraceYourSelf is about what you do for yourself. What does babywearing do for you? Join us on our Facebook page and tell us what you like, how you care for yourself, and share a photo of how babywearing is a part of that!

Friday, October 9, 2015
#EmbraceYourCommunity is an opportunity to go out and explore what your community has to offer. Please join us for a play date from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Blossoming Mama (122 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston), a local business that supports our babywearing community. Pop on over to Blossoming Mama’s Facebook page and website as there is also a 20% discount code for carriers purchased from now through the end of IBW!

Saturday, October 10, 2015
#EmbraceYourOptions is about exploring all the options available for babywearing. Please stop by our table during the Baby Fair & Diaper Derby at Babies R Us (located at 380 FM 1960 W, Houston) anytime from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for an introduction to the plethora of carriers that assist us in babywearing, check out some new ones you may not have tried, or see if a carrier you already own can be more functional with a tip or tweak! This event will be come-and-go.

Events are posted to our Facebook page; please join us in celebrating and embracing International Babywearing Week!

— Stephanie Boehm
VBE, IBW 2015 Coordinator

Headbands for all

Supporting our chapter and keeping your hair out of your face at the same time has never been easier. Navy and white Wrapsody headbands with the Babywearing Intenational logo figures will be sold at our meetings for $10 each.

Close-up photo of three fabric headbands. Left to right, they are orange with white figures, dark blue with white figures, and white with orange figures. The figures are the four simplified humans with baby carriers, part of the logo for Babywearing International.

If you would like to purchase some and have them mailed to you, please contact us at info @ bwihouston.com.

These are similar to the orange and white headbands our educators and volunteers sometimes wear.

Cotton gauze wraps have arrived!

Each of BWI of Greater Houston’s four lending libraries will be getting one of these Wrapsody Breezes that have just come in. The colorway, Laguna, is an exclusive colorway for Babywearing International and has vivid lengthwise stripes that can help wrappers work with the fabric to customize tension more easily.

Photo of orange, turquoise, and dark blue fabric baby wrap with two package labels saying "Wrapsody, wrapsody.com"

Come join a meeting to try out these carriers, and join as a member to borrow one!