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Volunteer: MOBB United Needs You

Posted By Tiffany A. Bargeman, Sunday, December 24, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

By Depelsha McGruder

The Founders Corner - Depelsha McGruder

 
     Over the past year, MOBB United was busy at work advocating for the protection of our sons. We made our national debut at the Essence Festival in New Orleans this Summer and with the OWN Network on a show called “Checked Inn” this Fall.

     Moms of Black Boys United, a 501(c)(3), hosted more than 12 webinars with guest speakers, partnered with university professors on research studies and a nationwide online public course, provided resources and support to moms and sons in need of help navigating various situations, launched #MomsontheFrontLine and continued to build on the #ProtectThem campaign, held weekly prayer and meditation calls, launched a self-care campaign, started a book club, co-curated a list of positive books for Black boys, and hosted mother/son MLK Day of Service activities in 11 cities.

     MOBB United for Social Change, a 501(c)(4), held MOBB United Lobby Days at several State Capitols, held meetings with Congressional representatives in multiple states around the country, hosted a screening and panel discussion at the CBC Legislative Conference, hosted more than 20 local meetings to build membership, and mobilized moms to show up and speak out on key legislation in seven states and in more than 20 cases involving police brutality and discrimination against Black boys and men.

     Yes, we have been busy! What’s most amazing is that we managed to do all of this with a very strong but mighty core group of volunteers. MOBBs from coast to coast have dedicated their time and talents to create advocacy campaigns, research policy legislation, call elected officials, design graphics, write public statements and social media posts, design educational seminars and materials, develop self care campaigns and activities, build resources for our database, recruit volunteers and chapter leaders, moderate our Facebook group, build and maintain our website and social media platforms, counsel and support MOBBs in need, create content for our website, and even produce and edit this newsletter! (Heeeyyy, Tiffany and C.K.!)

     We would not be where we are without this group of dedicated moms, but the truth is, to sustain the organization and grow it to the next level, we need more people to get involved. Whatever your interests or talents may be, we can find a place for you. No matter how much or how little time you have to spare, we would love to have you. As Shirley Chisholm said, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” What better way to serve than by dedicating some of your time to joining together with other moms around the country to protect our sons. We are also in the process of selecting local chapter leaders, so I also encourage you to step up and get involved in your local area.

     As I reflect on my year in MOBB United, my heart is full of pride for all that we’ve accomplished and filled with sincere gratitude for our faithful members and volunteers. THANK YOU, and enjoy the holidays!!!

     xoxo,

     Depelsha

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