Donate Halloween candy to the troops
Bethesda nonprofit MoverMoms is planning its seventh annual Treats-4-Troops candy collection from Friday through Nov. 10. This regionwide collection of Halloween candy gives kids a way to learn about sharing, gets excess Halloween candy out of people's homes and offices, and provides a treat for U.S. troops abroad, as it is packed into Christmas stockings by Boatsie's Boxes of West Virginia. All types of wrapped candy and snack foods are accepted. Read More»
Community Service Week allows Montgomery residents to help in hundreds of ways
Last year 2,000 people volunteered their time
This story was corrected at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2013. An explanation follows the story. Montgomery County residents are invited to flex their do-good muscles this week by volunteering to make their community a better place. Oct. 20 through 27 is the county's Community Service Week, a time for nonprofits, business, religious, service and social groups to host volunteer service projects. Many have registered online with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at www.montgomeryserves.org, a website to connect individuals and groups with service opportunities.. Read More»
Sharing Pastries, Politics & Pop Culture
Elections, nutrition, immigration, and politics are just a few of the topics that come up in discussions that Bethesda-based MoverMoms (www. movermoms.com) leads once a month at the Wilkins Avenue Women's Assessment Center. Women from the nonprofit organization sit together with women at the shelter and talk about issues in the news. "By attending our program, the women get to interact with their fellow residents in a structured atmosphere that allows them to learn from one another. Read More»
MoverMoms Change World One Project at a Time
Treats-4-Troops 2012 - Radio Interviews
WASHINGTON - Donating extra Halloween candy to troops overseas is becoming a D.C. area tradition. Rebecca Kahlenberg, executive director of Bethesda-based non-profit MoverMoms, came up with an idea six years ago for a massive Halloween candy collection called "Treats-4-Troops." Halloween candy is collected throughout the D.C. area, and a non-profit group in West Virginia packs it in holiday stockings for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Guam. Read More»
What started as a partnership that took root between Montgomery County and El Salvador last summer is bearing fruit in the form of continued efforts to foster cultural understanding and spur educational and economic outreach. County Executive Isiah Leggett will give voice to those deepening ties on Sunday at the Salvadoran Festival at the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, where he'll address those celebrating El Salvador's independence. The burgeoning relationship traces back to 2009 when Leggett (D) pushed to find Montgomery County its first Sister City. Read More»
The Bethesda-based non-profit MoverMoms group held a fundraiser on Saturday, July 21, to benefit a school in El Salvador where the group volunteers. About 25 people joined in at a Zumba Fiesta, held at Crunch Fitness in Friendship Heights, and danced to Latin tunes at a high-energy class taught by instructor Tanya Nuchols.
"It was a great workout, for a great cause," MoverMoms Executive Director Rebecca Kahlenberg said. Read More»
Last Ramadan, US-based Pakistani writer Salma Hasan Ali taught her children to be generous and compassionate by doing one good deed a day. This year, she plans 30 Days, 30 Gratitudes A package of almond butter and dark chocolate for a friend in the peace corps, sharing moon and star-shaped cookies with neighbours, an interfaith iftar, making and selling greeting cards for charity, walking at suhoor to raise money for children in Somalia, planting trees, taking cupcakes to homeless shelters and foot massages for mom... these are just a few of the good deeds that Salma Hasan Ali got down to last year during Ramadan, in a bid to teach her children, Saanya (16) and Zayd (10) to care for others and to give back, while documenting the journey on a blog, 30days30deeds.com. Read More»
If it's Mother's Day, then it's muffin season for MoverMoms. Each year at this time, the Bethesda-based non-profit group organizes Muffins-4-Moms, a muffin delivery program in which women in the 200-plus member group bring muffins to area shelters for homeless and recently homeless women. "The muffins are our way of saying to these moms that they deserve a special treat and that we hope they too have a happy Mother's Day," says MoverMoms executive director Rebecca Kahlenberg. This is the fourth year that the group is doing this project and they will be delivering homemade and store-bought muffins to about a dozen shelters and day centers for women. Last year, the group donated over 300 muffins. Read More»
Firman convenio de hermanamientio
Chief Inspiration Officer Salma Hasan Ali describes the power of MoverMoms this way: "It might seem like it's a drop in the bucket, but when people collectively do just a little, the bucket suddenly becomes full."
Founded by Rebecca Kahlenberg of Bethesda and Heidi Bumpers of Cabin John five years ago, MoverMoms has burgeoned to a non-profit organization with more than 200 moms who feed the hungry, provide candy for U.S. troops serving overseas, collect trash on Sangamore Road, walk and talk with women in shelters, and travel with their own children to El Salvador to help mothers-to-be and other children — and do a myriad of other volunteer projects. Read More»
MoverMoms to Host Inspirational Luncheon, Auction
This will not be your typical suburban silent auction—it features many services donated by the nonprofit group's participants, including an hour of dance coaching by a "MoverTeen," a guitar and mandolin lesson by a "MoverDad," handmade glassware, scarves and hats by MoverMoms, handmade pottery by a "MoverGrandfather," cat-sitting services by a "MoverKid" and much more. Read More»
SALMA, MOTHER OF TWO EMBARKS ON A COMPASSION JOURNEY:
30 DAYS 30 DEEDS
" The most important thing I want to teach our children is to appreciate all that we have, to always be generous and compassionate, and to care for others and give back. "During this Ramadan we decided as a family that we would try and do at least one good deed each day — something that would help someone else, make their life a little easier, or simply put a smile on their face. 30 Days. 30 Deeds. InshAllah." Read More»
A si and a smile
Before we left home, I had a long conversation with Zayd, our nine year old. I explained to him that we were going to Staples to shop for school supplies for underprivileged children in our community. I asked him gently to please not ask for anything for himself, that this trip was about doing something good for someone else. I reminded Zayd that I had already ordered his school supplies and that he would find them sitting on his desk on the first day of school. Read More»
MoverMoms Packs 26-Foot Truck With Candy For Troops
Volunteers pitch in to spruce up the center in preparation for new programs.
Launched in 2007, the drive began as a way to help clear excess Halloween candy out of the house and to benefit U.S. servicemen and women serving overseas. MoverMoms donates candy to a West Virginia military mom, who uses the treats to fill stockings she then ships out to the troops for arrival around the winter holidays.
The drive has expanded in past years and now draws on donations from individuals and groups across the Washington, D.C. region. Read More»
Treats for Troops!
Brennan & Becky talked with Rebecca Kahlenberg, the executive director for Mover Moms about their 5th annual event to help teach kids about caring and sharing (all while getting that extra candy out of the house). Read More»
Treats-4-troops candy collection
The annual collection of leftover Halloween candy by MoverMoms.com to send to our troops overseas is underway. If you want to get temptation out of your home, you can take it Saturday to Whole Foods on River Road (9 am-noon), Walt Whitman High School (1-5 pm) or B-CC High School (2-5 pm). If you can't wait that long, you can drop it off between now and then at any of several locations. Read More»
Treats-4-Troops 2011 - Radio Interviews
MoverMoms To Kick Off Treats-4-Troops Drive
It's back! Bethesda service group MoverMoms is once again organizing their "Treats-4-Troops" drive, and the kickoff is planned for this Saturday at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Launched in 2007, the drive began as a way to help clear excess Halloween candy out of the house and to benefit U.S. servicemen and women serving overseas. MoverMoms donates candy to a West Virginia military mom, who uses the treats to fill stockings she then ships out to the troops for arrival around the winter holidays. The effort has expanded over the past several years, and individuals, school groups and businesses from across the Washington, D.C. region now organize candy drives to benefit the effort. Last year, the group collected more candy than ever – about 10,000 pounds. The drive is also great for moms and dads looking for creative ways to encourage their kids to eat less Halloween candy – a topic our mom columnist Marly Carpenter weighed in on this week. Read More»
Montgomery sister city agreement strengthens ties to Salvadoran city
Montgomery sister city agreement strengthens ties to Salvadoran city (Courtesy of Montgomery County) - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, left, talks with Jorge and Neftali Granados of Montgomery County's Salvadoran community, outside Joateca, El Salvador on July 28. Text Size PrintE-mailReprints The significance of the region during the war and the existing links to county residents was a factor in the decision to make Morazan its first sister city, Montgomery officials said. Nearly 20 years after the peace treaty, the region remains among the poorest in El Salvador. One third of the 180,980 residents live in poverty, and one in four residents is illiterate, according to Salvadoran census figures. Read More»
30 Days 30 Deeds
Salma Hasan Ali, MoverMoms' Chief Inspiration Officer, has been writing a blog about her challenge to preform 30 deeds in 30 days during the month of Ramadan. You can follow her blog at www.30Days30Deeds.com (day 2 focuses on our trip to El Salvador) Read More»
Firman convenio de hermanamientio
Montgomery County groups prepare journey to El Salvador to establish "Sister City" program
Montgomery County officials will join dozens of volunteers in a journey to Morazan, El Salvador, next week to do everything from building a home to supporting expectant mothers as the county establishes its first "Sister City'' relationship.
MoverMoms of Bethesda, Hungry Music and Habitat for Humanity, Montgomery County, are just some of the many groups working to create connections in Morazan, which is a department in the northeastern part of the Central American country that has a population of more than 200,000. A department in El Salvador is roughly the same as a state in the United States, said Bruce Adams, director of the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships Read More »
Ambassador Attends Sister Cities Signing Ceremony in Morazán
On July 26, Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte travelled to San Francisco Gotera, in the department of Morazán, to attend the signing ceremony of a Sister Cities Agreement between Montgomery County, MD and Morazán. The ceremony represented the beginning of a close partnership between Montgomery County and Morazán, and brings a unique opportunity for the two communities to work together on community development issues and enhance intercultural understanding. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Governor of Morazán Miguel Ángel Ventura Argueta signed the agreement to great applause, while Ambassador Aponte signed as a witness. Read More »
Leggett Leads Montgomery County Delegation on visit to El Salvador
Leggett Leads Montgomery County Delegation on Visit to El Salvador; Home to Over 50,000 County Residents; Exchange Agreement Signed with State of Morazan.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett last week led a local delegation to the Department (State) of Morazán, El Salvador from July 23 – 30, meeting with government officials and signing a "Sister City" agreement under the guidelines of Sister Cities International. The delegation also met with people from the local communities, visited schools, organizations, and historic places, and engaged in community projects. The effort is designed to foster cooperation between the two jurisdictions on a people-to-people basis and to support already ongoing work by Salvadorans living in the County to support development projects in their home country Read More »
Girls in Pakistani schools speak for themselves
Washington, DC - Like millions, I've been mesmerised by humanitarian Greg Mortenson's story of compassion, commitment and courage. Like so many, I am heartbroken by everything that I am reading about the current controversy. The accusations against Greg are serious and the allegations of his community-based education organisation Central Asia Institute's (CAI) financial mismanagement are troubling. Managing people's donations, from pennies to millions, is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly. These and other concerns must be investigated and addressed appropriately. We need to hear from Greg, and he needs to be given a fair opportunity to address the allegations. Read More »
Donate soap to help Haiti
MoverMoms, a Bethesda-based nonprofit, is collecting soap for its Hope & Soap for Haiti project. The group will be sending bars of soap to Haiti to help the nation combat a deadly cholera outbreak. Thousands people have died or been sickened by cholera after an earthquake devastated the country in January 2010.
On Jan. 29, MoverMoms held a bake sale outside a Bethesda Giant Food store and raised $600 toward the project. New bars of soap and new or gently used blankets are being accepted through Feb. 16. Donations can be dropped off at a dozen locations in Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Cabin John and Clarksburg. For details on drop-off locations, visit www.MoverMoms.com or e-mail info@MoverMoms.com. Read More»
Local Service Group Collecting Soap For Haiti MoverMoms is working to collect 2,011 bars of soap to help minimize the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
When Rebecca Kahlenberg read an article in the Washington Post about the current devastation in Haiti -- not only because of the aftermath from the earth quake more than a year ago, but also because of the outbreak of cholera -- she decided to help.
Kahlenberg — the Executive Director of local outreach organization, MoverMoms — reached out to local families, schools and organizations to help collect soap for the "Hope and Soap for Haiti" campaign. Read More»
MoverMoms Kick-0ff "Hope and Soap" Collection for Haiti Moms gather to make a difference.
"The difference between life and death in Haiti is now a bar of soap."This quote from The Washington Post article of Jan. 12 describes the horror of the cholera epidemic in impoverished Haiti. More than 3,000 people have died of this disease â€” and thousands more are expected to die. With over a million Haitians living in unsanitary tents and ingesting unhygienic food and water, the infection is rapidly spreading. Bars of soap are one solution to help alleviate Haiti's devastating problem. Read More»
HOPE & SOAP FOR HAITI - Jan 27, 2011
Wow, this is a lot of candy for our troops!!
A tip of the hat and a "nice job" to all of the landscapers and other small businesses across the nation that promoted this year'sTreat for the Troops candy drive. And a special thanks to Allentuck Landscaping for reminding us.
Today, on this special day, Veteran's Day, Bruce Allentuck emailed this note to his customers and friends, thanking them for their support of Treats for the Troops:
"You came through again! Congratulations on a superb candy drive for Treats for the Troops. When combined with the other groups collecting candy, the total came to over 10,000 pounds collected. That is over 5 TONS!
Mover Moms has already trucked the candy up to a National Guard post near Wheeling, West Virginia where it is being sorted and orgnaized. Next it will be flown over to our men and women of all faiths serving in Afghanistan and Iraq in time for the holidays."
Local Service Group Collects
10,000 Pounds of Halloween Candy for Troops
The Treats 4 Troops project collected more candy this year than in the past thanks to local participants.
Last week, Bethesda-based service group MoverMoms organized a candy drive, known as Treats 4 Troops, for U.S. servicemen and women and had an overwhelming response from the area. This year, MoverMoms collected about 2,500 pound more than the drive in 2009, said Rebecca Kahlenberg, co-founder of MoverMoms.
"This year I think we got more organized and got the word out a little earlier," Kahlenberg said. "This year it really exploded as a corporate good citizenship effort and we got donations from more people and more places." Read More»
Group Collects Halloween Candy for Troops
MoverMoms seek to inspire by example.
Service group MoverMoms is once again helping organize a candy drive for U.S. servicemen and –women known as "Treats 4 Troops." The drive started in 2007 as both a way to get candy out of the house after Halloween and a way to benefit troops overseas, according to Rebecca Kahlenberg, co-founder of MoverMoms.
"It started with just a few moms trying to find a way to get candy out of the house without throwing it away," Kahlenberg said. "It's not something like used clothing where you can easily find people in your area who can benefit from it."
After doing a bit of research, Kahlenberg came across a West Virginia military mom who packs stockings to send to troops overseas around the winter holidays. Read More»
From Potomac To Pakistan
MoverMoms seek to inspire by example.
You don’t have to be Angelina Jolie to get involved and help others. So says a group of Potomac mothers called MoverMoms that gets together and tries to provide a way to make a difference in their community and abroad.
Rebecca Kahlenberg, the founder and president of MoverMoms says "Our motto is ‘Having fun with a purpose.’ The group tries to provide a way to make a difference and to be role models for our children. The response has been so positive because people wanted to do something simple but in their own way have an impact. Most moms go to the grocery store regularly so it is easy to buy something extra for others. Collectively it has a positive impact."
Salma Ali is the CIO or chief inspiration officer of the club. "The club is a way for moms in the community to get together and do service projects and contribute outside of their schools and worship centers. We want to make the community a better place for us and others to live. Instead of getting together for coffee at Starbucks; we get together over a service project. Our group does the legwork and makes it easy. For many projects, kids are also welcome, so it becomes a family service outing. This year we won the Marriott Spirit to Serve award; last year, we were recipients of the Governor's Service award." Read More»
Residents Gather at Regional Services Center for Volunteer Event
Volunteers pitch in to spruce up the center in preparation for new programs.
The event, part of a county-wide day of service, spruced up the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center just in time for an initiative that will transform the center into a hub of activity for seniors.
Saturday's mission was also to make posters for a local women's group that collects Halloween candy for overseas soldiers Read More»
The value of volunteering in schools
I was surprised and dismayed to read Petula Dvorak's Sept. 7 column, "Mom needs a cure for volunteering hangover." As the mother of four children, I have spent countless hours volunteering at preschools and elementary, middle and high schools in a wide variety of roles, and I view that time as among the most rewarding of my parenting years. The teachers I've observed, the children I've worked with, the friendships I've made with teachers and parents, and the connections to my children's schools that I've developed would not have been possible without being involved as a volunteer.
Ms. Dvorak's issue seems not so much to be the quality of her volunteering time but the quantity. Her column -- with descriptions of sleep deprivation and addictive/bingeing behavior, reads like a script from a reality TV show that would be titled "Volunteer Burnout: Extreme Edition." How sad that Ms. Dvorak has been unable to find the right balance between signing up for activities that fit her schedule and saying no to those that overwhelm her.
Moreover, in this era of tight school budgets (which Ms. Dvorak acknowledged), how unfortunate that she would denigrate the classroom helpers and those moms (and dads!) who selflessly devote their limited free time to improving the quality of their children's education and their overall school experience. Not only are volunteers the bedrock of all good schools, but in this time of austerity, they also are a far cry from a bunch of moms seeking a "hobby" -- they're a necessity for our schools' survival.
Rebecca Kahlenberg, Bethesda
Marriott Spirit to Serve Awards Honor Schools,
Individuals, Groups for Community Service
Eight Montgomery County individuals, groups and community-minded schools will be honored for their contributions to the Montgomery County community as recipients of the 2010 Marriott Spirit to Serve Community Service awards to be presented on May 6 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Marriott International donates $500 to the charity of each of the honorees' choosing. The annual event is managed by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and sponsored by Marriott International. Awards will be presented by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council President Nancy Floreen and Stephen Zagami, representing Montgomery County Public School Superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast. Marriott Executive Vice President Stephen Marriott will give brief remarks. Individual and Group Awards will be presented to:
MoverMoms is a homegrown group of more than 150 dynamic mothers and their kids who are making a positive difference in Montgomery County beyond their neighborhoods and children’s schools. In 2009, “The Moms” ran short-term volunteer projects in a wide range of areas in order to help fill the needs of many different local, national and international organizations. They also initiated their own volunteer projects in response to crises, such as raising $800 for Partners in Health, a group that provides medical care to Haitian residents. The group began in the winter of 2007 when a small group of moms cooked dinner for families of seriously ill children at The Children’s Inn at NIH in Bethesda. They enjoyed the experience and decided to make volunteering a part of their daily lives. MoverMoms projects include: working at numerous men’s and women’s shelters; assisting the Manna Food Center, participating in many charity events to raise funds for MS, breast cancer, and Juvenile Diabetes, and organizing a massive collection drive of Halloween candy for US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
MOVED TO HELP
By Ellen Ryan MICHAEL VENTURA
Long before the awards and the recognition and the national media attention, Rebecca Kahlenberg was just trying to perk up her social life.
In 2006, the freelance writer and mother of four invited a few fellow Bethesdaarea mothers out for a “fun Friday” monastery tour, followed by other outings. The next year, she mentioned serving dinner at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, where families can stay while their children undergo treatment for serious illnesses. The other moms thought volunteering there might be a good outing. So Kahlenberg approached the folks at the Children’s Inn. Great, they said: Please bring dinner for 85 peopleRead More »
Help for Haiti
MoverMoms, a Bethesda-based community service group for moms and kids, raised nearly $800 for Haiti earthquake victims during a bake sale fundraiser in Bethesda. The proceeds benefit Partners in Health, a group that provides medical care to residents of Haiti. Adults and children pitched in, whipping up brownies, cupcakes, cookies, scones and fudge. Moms helped organize while kids sold their wares to passers-by. Oftentimes, they were taken by surprise by the outpouring of support, according to MoverMoms president Rebecca Kahlenberg. "I was so impressed with the generosity of total strangers — people who saw us standing on the street corner and came over, not necessarily wanting too much food but eager to donate money. Many people bought just a couple of small baked items and gave a $10 or $20 bill," Kahlenberg said in an e-mail. Read More »
MoverMoms Making A Difference During the Holidays
In 2007 Rebecca Kahlenberg and Heidi Bumpers came up with an idea - why not find a way to help Moms and their kids volunteer together? Kahlenberg (pictured), the President of MoverMoms, explained that she wanted to "have fun with a purpose rather than just to have fun," when doing activities with the kids. They started MoverMoms and now have 150 members doing two or more group projects a month - mostly down County. This holiday season they'll be doing serving dinner at the Children's Inn and serving breakfast for Bethesda Cares. "I'd love to see the MoverMoms idea spread to other parts of the County, and of course we're always happy to have new members!" MoverMoms has already resulted in an article in the Ladies Home Journal along with receiving one of the Maryland Governor's Annual Volunteer Service Awards. Visit their website at www.MoverMoms.com or e-mail info@MoverMoms.com to get involved and learn more. Read More »
Bethesda nonprofit gathering treats for the troops
If your sweet tooth is starting to ache from too much Halloween candy, Bethesda-based community service group MoverMoms will take it off your hands. The group is wrapping up its annual Treats-4-Troops candy collection this weekend. The group is collecting donations of wrapped candy, which will be sent to U.S. troops of all faiths in Iraq and Afghanistan at Christmastime.
Drop off sites include:
-7101 Loch Lomond Drive in Bethesda through Saturday
-11110 Candlelight Lane in Potomac through Friday
-9504 Falls Bridge Lane in Potomac through Friday
-7202 45th St. in Chevy Chase through Friday
For more information, e-mail info@MoverMoms.com or call 301-320-8836.
Ladies' Home Journal Oct 09
MoverMoms wins Governor's Volunteer Service Award
MoverMoms, a Bethesda nonprofit, was one of several winners of the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards, presented in several categories by the Office of the Governor.
MoverMoms won in the Group category. All the winners were recognized for their commitment to volunteerism and outstanding volunteer efforts at a ceremony held at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis on April 20.
"We are so honored to receive this wonderful award," MoverMoms president and co-founder Rebecca Kahlenberg of Bethesda, wrote in an e-mail to The Gazette. "It's a real tribute to each person in our group who takes time out of her busy life to help make a difference in the larger community through volunteering."
Kahlenberg accepted the award together with MoverMoms co-founder Heidi Bumpers of Cabin John. Also in attendance were MoverMoms treasurer Joci Spector of Chevy Chase, and MoverMoms Education Committee Chairperson Salma Ali, of Potomac.
Two Years of Service
MoverMoms gathered on Feb. 1 to celebrate the moms group's second anniversary and two years of community involvement and activism.
The anniversary celebration was held at member and Bethesda resident Anne Hollander's home and featured guest speaker Del. Jolene Ivey, (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly, who spoke about how she balances being a state legislator, mother of five and wife of Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey.
The group began in February 2007 when several mothers decided to serve dinner at the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health, a home-like setting for families and children to stay while they receive treatment. The group gets together for monthly volunteer projects, a book club, speeches, outings, and other special events.
"It's amazing how much more of a difference we can make in the larger community by working together than if were to just work alone," group founder Rebecca Kahlenberg wrote in a e-mail to The Gazette.
The group comprises about 125 moms of all ages. Kids participate in many of the volunteer projects and activities, which take place around the Washington region.
Bethesda charity drive collects ‘Treats for Troops'
Every year when Halloween passed, Rebecca Kahlenberg of Bethesda was left haunted by the specter of a house full of candy.
"As a mom, you want it out of the house, and it's a dilemma what to do with it," Kahlenberg said. "You can only send so much to the office."
So the founder of the Bethesda charity group Mover Moms searched the Internet for a way to get rid of the sugar in a sweet way, and found a West Virginia group called Boatsie's Boxes that sends 20,000 Christmas stockings to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan each year.
Kahlenberg saw the opportunity to make the Halloween season a little bit merrier, and began a Treats for Troops drive last year to get leftover Halloween candy to contribute to the stockings in Boatsie's Boxes.
"It's a really feel-good project, you know, instead of just throwing it away or sneaking it out of your house, you're giving it to a good cause," Kahlenberg said. "In these times of political divide and economic crisis, this is one of those no brainer win-win type things."
Last year the project generated a truckload of candy that Kahlenberg and fellow Mover Mom Cheryl Fisher drove to Boatsie's Boxes headquarters in Wheeling, W. Va. This year, donations might require more room.
"We've got so much candy we're going to try to rent a cargo truck or something," Fisher said.
The group has been collecting candy at four area sites since Sunday, and will continue to accept donations through tonight at 7101 Loch Lomond Drive in Bethesda and 11110 Candlelight Lane in Potomac, and then will drive it to Wheeling Thursday.
Gail Van Vranken, the founder of Boatsie's Boxes, calls the help "a tremendous bonus." Van Vranken assembles the stockings with toiletries, candy and other items to boost morale and show support.
"It saves us a tremendous amount of money," Van Vranken said. "What Mover Moms is doing is just so great because they drive the candy up here for five hours and then they turn around and drive right back."
Accepting Candy Donations
One another note, come Saturday morning, that Halloween loot might truly be a scary amount. If that's the case and you want to lighten the sugar load, try donating some of it.
In Maryland, a local moms' community group called MoverMoms is collecting all kinds of wrapped candy to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group drove a pickup-truck load of sweet stuff to the National Armory in West Virginia last year to give to Boatsie's Boxes. Boatsie's packs the candy in more than 11,000 Christmas stockings that go to soldiers of all faiths in all branches of the military in time for the holidays.
If you're in Maryland, drop-off times and places are:
* Walt Whitman High School (Whittier Boulevard in Bethesda) -- Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (driveway on East-West Highway) -- Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* A home at 7101 Loch Lomond Dr., Bethesda -- anytime from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5.
* A home at 11110 Candlelight Lane, Potomac -- anytime from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.
Outside of Maryland, you can contact local charities that support the military to see if they are accepting candy donations.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Easy Spirit Catalogue
The new Fall 2008 Easy Spirit catalogue is in print (sent around the country) and we are highlighed on page 25. This is a real tribute to our joint efforts to make a positive difference in our community - thanks to each of you for being part of it!
A group of moms in the Washington, D.C. area decided that instead of catching up over lattes at the local Starbucks, they would socialize while also making a positive impact in their community. So began Mover Moms, a soon-to-be nonprofit organization whose 100+ mom members take part in a wide variety of community service projects, from preparing and serving dinner at a recovering addicts shelter, to manning a cheering station at the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, to caring for sick and abandoned animals at farms and the Humane Society, just to name a few. Founder Rebecca Kahlenberg of Bethesda, MDsays, "A lot of moms volunteer in their neighborhoods or at their children's schools, but we're hungry to do this in the larger community in addition to our other volunteering. This is a group of moms with kids of all ages who have fun with a purpose." Easy Spirit and Honest Tea seem to love the idea of moms moving the world so much that they have signed on as corporate sponsors. Whole Foods has provided corporate sponsorship for specific projects. For more information, visit www.MoverMoms.com.
Gazette.Net Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008
MoverMoms celebrateone year of community service
MoverMoms, a group of mostly downcounty mothers who get together to volunteer in the community, celebrated its one-year anniversary on Feb. 3 with a brunch and guest speaker Bethesda resident Betty Bumpers, former first lady of Arkansas, who spoke about her own years of volunteerism. As first lady of Arkansas, she spearheaded an immunization program in her state that became a national model. She also co-founded Every Child by Two, a national immunization program. Following a trip to the former Soviet Union, she launched Peace Links, a grassroots women's organization designed to raise consciousness about the nuclear arms race. Because of her life-long efforts, Bumpers was inducted into the 2005 National Women's Hall of Fame.
In only one year, MoverMoms has grown to more than 100 participants. The group has organized more than 20 community service activities and has more planned. For more information, visit www.MoverMoms.com. http://www.gazette.net/stories//bethnew14649_32360.shtml
B-CC senior sets up run to raise funds for diabetes education
Laurie DeWitt⁄The Gazette - Laura Creer of Bethesda, mother of a Walt Whitman High School student, drops off leftover Halloween candy at Whitman for a collection by community service group Mover Moms, which will send it overseas to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The group collected tens of thousands of pieces of candy, according to Mover Moms founder Rebecca Kahlenberg.
New moms group is a bunch of "MOVERS" when volunteering
Stephanie Siegel |
Having fun while also having a positive impact on the community is the goal of a new Bethesda moms group, MOVERS (Moms Volunteering Experiences). The idea for the group was sparked when Bethesda resident Rebecca Kahlenberg and Heidi Bumpers of Cabin John decided to organize a group to serve dinner at the Children's Inn at NIH. When they sent out e-mails to get volunteers to their friends and other groups they were involved with, the response was so positive that Kahlenberg decided to start a group that would regularly volunteer around the community. "I love to do thing with other moms, Kahlenberg said. And it's fun to get lattes or take walks, but this kind of seems like fun with a purpose. A lot of moms volunteer at their kids schools, but I think we're sort of hungry to do this in the larger community, MOVERS held its first event on March 10 volunteering with Books, Bears and Bonnets, a Bethesda nonprofit that packs gift baskets for cancer patients.
About 15 people came out for the event. "There was a lot of energy in the room,�" she said. "We were all feeling that maybe in some tiny way we were part of something larger than ourselves and our own world." While the group is geared toward moms, children and spouses are welcome at some events. "It's a way for us to model for our kids the importance of community service and involvement," Kahlenberg said.
The next MOVERS event is planned for April 9. The group will serve dinner at a homeless shelter in Rockville. And in May, the group will man a cheering station at the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. But the group is looking for other volunteer opportunities. To get more information about volunteering with MOVERS or about setting up a volunteer event with a community nonprofit, e-mail Kahlenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call.
Channel 9 - May 1, 2007
Written by 9 NEWS NOW
BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Students and faculty at Virginia Tech are still very much on our minds and in our prayers. Tuesday night, folks across the Washington area have been collecting food donations to put together little care packages. The goodies will be delivered to students - who are studying this week for final exams. The project is being coordinated by a volunteer group called Mover Moms. They plan to deliver the care packages Thursday.
Gazette Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Bethesda community pitches in for Virginia Tech students
People and Places | Stephanie Siegel
Thousands of Virginia Tech students are taking exams this week fueled by snacks, treats and notes telling them that people care, thanks to moms, school and scout groups and individuals from Bethesda and across the county.
Bethesda resident Rebecca Kahlenberg, founder of the moms group, MOVER MOMS, organized a drive to collect items for care packages to send to Virginia Tech students before their exams.
At the outset of the drive, she hoped to collect 1,000 care packages, but as news of the collection spread through e-mail, flyers and word of mouth, more than twice that number was collected.
"It far exceeded our expectations, '"Kahlenberg said. 'I'm just so happy about that. It just shows how good people are.'"
People from around the county pitched in volunteering to assemble packages, pack up boxes and man a collection point at the Westbard Giant last week.
"It''s really heart-warming, 'said Bethesda resident Amy Hancock while stationed at the collection point. "People are obviously very moved by the tragedy."
The packages filled two cargo vans donated by Rockville-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car to deliver the packages.
Courtesy of Rebecca Kahlenberg
The Potomac Almanac - April 26, 2007