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About Val Shaikh

Val lives in West Houston's Energy Corridor but will always be a Midwest girl at heart. She has three boys and a wonderful husband. She started wearing her oldest son in 2012 to help soothe him, because he was colicky and never wanted to be put down. She learned about more baby wearing options when pregnant with her second, motived by the knowledge that having two children 19 months apart would be much easier if she could wear her younger son for naps and nursing. Even as her younger son grows into a more independent toddler, Val still finds babywearing an extremely valuable and necessary part of being as a stay-at-home mother. Aside from volunteering as secretary and VBE for BWIGH, Val is a member of several local moms groups, Hike It Baby, and online babywearing communities. She also enjoys the occasional workout, cooking, sewing, and crocheting; she is also a math enthusiast.

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.