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The following programs have opportunities for your involvement….
MomsWork, formerly known as Center for Women, is a program powered by NCJW Pittsburgh. This program, thanks to founding funder and partner Jewish Women’s Foundation, continues the important work of empowering women who seek financial wellbeing through a strengthened focus on moms.
We recognize that all moms work. MomsWork encourages, inspires, and supports moms to earn a paycheck and search for new employment – all while they manage their family’s evolving needs.
MomsWork Provides Support Three Ways:
- Education – MomsWork offers a variety of free seminars/webinars focused on financial wellness and resources. The sessions are taught by compensated experts in their fields who teach topics ranging from retirement planning to workplace skill readiness and everything in between. Both virtual and in-person learning sessions are offered, typically during weekdays and evenings.
- Networking – There is currently a 300 person (and growing) Working Mothers Network on LinkedIn – a community convened to share open employment positions and get/give insider perspective and intelligence on what it’s really like to work there. It’s a forum for working moms to connect with one another and share honest, uncensored information.
- Advocacy – All MomsWork advocacy efforts focus on improving the lives of working families. Currently, MomsWork is centered on advocating to strengthen and stabilize child care, including improving access, increasing affordability, and ensuring fair compensation for early childhood educators.
In addition, MomsWork is currently offering a Working Moms Support Group, in partnership with two local non-profits, Brown Mamas and When She Thrives. These small, in-person, and virtual groups meet regularly to empower, network, and share strategies in a safe, judgment free zone.
MomsWork also helps connect individuals to the resources needed to advocate for themselves to their employers and legislators for flexible work schedules, remote work, paid sick leave, lactation rooms, and paid family leave.
How To Get Involved
If you know a mom, if you have a mom, or if you are a mom, MomsWork wants to stay connected to you.
- Register for our virtual events here.
- Join our educational and networking programs or participate in child care advocacy efforts, by filling out this form.
- Join our social networks on Facebook and Instagram at @momsworkPGH
MomsWork programs are open to anyone, regardless of background, faith, or socio-economic status. We are committed to understanding and responding to the evolving challenges faced by all moms in our community.
Thank You To Our Funders:
Jack Buncher Foundation * The Heinz Endowments * Jewish Women’s Foundation* Opportunity Fund * PNC Charitable Trusts * Richard King Mellon Foundation * Shear Family Foundation
Would you like to join educational & networking programs for working mothers or participate in childcare advocacy efforts? Please fill out our “get involved” form to get started, and we will be in touch.
Kids Community Closets
The Kids Community Closets, formerly Back2School Store, provide children with essential clothing year-round and in their own communities, in partnership with child-centered agencies and schools. Through the Closets, ongoing clothing needs of children are met as they grow, seasons change, and family circumstances evolve. When a child needs an item from the closet, they are assisted by an agency or school professional. NCJW funds, purchases, and delivers the clothing with support from donors and volunteers. Get started here!
Children’s Rooms in the Courts
Our Children’s Rooms in the Courts is the only project of its kind in the country, providing parents and guardians who are involved in court proceedings — as well as prospective and impaneled jurors — a safe and nurturing place to secure their children while they are involved in court business. Each year, the Children’s Rooms provide free care for more than 5,000 children. Volunteers with clearances help out in the rooms during weekdays.
Join us at our social enterprise resale store to help with various tasks, including customer service, tagging and hanging clothes, sorting items as needed, and more. Thriftique volunteer hours can be as flexible as you like. Volunteers can earn vouchers for completed shifts.
Designer Days at Thriftique
Our fall and spring designer sales are two of the biggest fundraisers of the year that support our community service and advocacy programs for women, children, and families. Volunteers help in every area in the store, including in the dressing room, at the jewelry counter, at the checkout, and more. All volunteers receive a $15 certificate to spend at Thriftique for each 3+ hour shift they complete. Get started!
Friday Night Lights
Join us one Friday night quarterly as we welcome Shabbat and explore a topical issue connected to the NCJW mission, with leaders from the community as our guest speakers. FNL dates and program details are included in our newsletters, which you can receive by signing up with this form
Project Prom is a partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. In spring, a venue is tranformed into a boutique and provide high school teens the experience of shopping for beautiful prom outfits at no cost so they can have a fun high school experience. Volunteers help teens as they shop for the prom attire.
NCJW Book Drive
Every year, NCJW gives away thousands of gently used books to children visiting our Rooms in the Courts. Volunteers help secure new locations to hold book collections and label bins of books. Book labeling is an all ages activity that can be done with young children and groups!
Contact Kate Rothstein (email@example.com) with any questions about volunteering.
Volunteers’/participants’ photos and/or comments may be used for publicity purposes without compensation or prior notification.
NCJW may videotape or photograph participants enrolled in programs, classes and events. These are for NCJW and community publications, publicity, brochures, web use, other electronic communications or video usage. All photos and videos are for NCJW use and become the sole property of NCJW. Please contact the staff member overseeing the program for photographic exclusions.