Introducing MotherUp! Listings:
Where your promotional dollars work double duty: marketing and philanthropy!
Place your offerings in front of over 2,700 local moms, and help us keep Mama’s Comfort Camp membership free forever.
According to Facebook Analytics, an average of 1,200 local moms interact with the Ithaca Chapter of MCC every day. We invite you to advertise, to seek employees and partners, and to conduct research and development conversations with the mama members of our community.
How Mother Up Listings Work:
For Housing Listings:
Get a comment listing in the Housing Thread and one independent post each month.
-- Property for sale: $50 a month
-- Rental, AirB&B, or vacation home: $25
The minimum engagement period is 3 months. Sign up for a year and get it for the price of 9 months, plus a mention in the “Mother Upper Circle” gratitude list. Realtors who sign up at the "Mother Upper Circle" level get 4 housing listings included with their annual contribution, and can buy additional listings for $25 a month.
2 Options for Mom-Owned Businesses:
Option 1 at $10 a month is especially priced for businesses just starting out, micro-businesses, or for those who are going through a squeeze.
Option 2 at $20 a month is for businesses who are further along their path.
(If you have a physical location and employees, we encourage you to choose option 2, but with that being said, we trust your judgement; you get to self-select the option that's right for you, we won't ask you to justify your choice.)
Your MotherUP! Listing includes:
1. A comment listing on the specialty thread of your choice: it can include an image, text, and links to other web pages, including online stores.
2. Conversation posts: are separate from the specialty thread, and can be used for research and development conversations, recruitment, or to highlight specific events or promotions. With Option 1 you get 1 conversation post per three months period. With Option 2 you get them every month.
3. Recruitment Thread listings: searching for employees or partners? List them on our job offers thread. With Option 1 you get 1 recruitment listing every three months. With option 2 you get them every month.
The minimum engagement period is 3 months. Choose to engage for a whole year and you’ll get 12 months for the price of 9. That's $90 a year for Option 1, $180 a year for Option 2. Choose Option 2 for a year and be included in the "Mother Upper Circle": a gratitude list we will feature in the group and our public page and website.
Choose your Community Thread:
MamaMade: for products and gifts made or sold by moms.
MamaHelper: cleaning services, home-aid, organizers, personal shoppers, gardeners, cab drivers, carpenters, contractors, etc.
Housing thread: Rentals and homes for sale, AirBnB / Vacation properties. Mama Professional: designers, architects, writers, editors, photographers, lawyers, insurance providers, financial advisors, accountants, realtors, etc. Recruitment Thread: where our business-owning moms can list job openings (included, option 1 gives you one recruitment thread post per three months, option 2 gives you one every month).
Coming Very Soon:
Mama's Place: for those who own a salon, a shop, a restaurant, a gathering place...
Mama Wellness: fitness, meditation, massage, life-coaches, therapists, solo medical and mental health providers.
Mama Teacher: for those offering classes, lessons, workshops etc.
Can't decide which thread is right for you? Message us and we'll help you make this decision.
About Trade and Barter:
We want to make this opportunity accessible to as many mothers as possible, so we are very open to trade and barter. Scroll all the way down for more info on that.
Ready to do this?
Great! Choose one of the contribution buttons above and complete the transaction. Then message the MCC Page and let us know which specialty thread you'd like to use (if you happen to make your payment using the anonymous option, or if your transaction name is not the same as your name or your business, please send a screenshot of your payment page as well as your thread choice). We will then guide you through the next steps.
Parting thoughts: This is a beta! We are still figuring this out and are open to feedback. If you have any input about the features or the way they are presented, please message us.
Thank you for your consideration. Hugs all around.
About Mama’s Comfort Camp: MCC is a community network that focuses on maternal mental health. Our mission is to normalize the struggles of motherhood, facilitate the asking and receiving of help and support, and foster self-expression and a culture of kindness. Together with over 2,700 members in the Ithaca area we breed ComFortitude: the collective strength generated when we comfort each other.
Mama's Comfort Camp serves mothers of ALL ages: from mothers-to-be to grandmothers and every stage in between. We provide safe spaces (online and face-to-face) for emotional and social support and honest conversations. Isolation, guilt, and shame are the leading causes of postpartum depression and anxiety. Our support forums create a powerful chain reaction by alleviating these risk factors, leading to suicide prevention and crisis reduction, not to mention improved well being.
Our forums provide constant access to emotional support regardless of time, location, financial ability, transportation, and childcare. For those without access to mental health services, MCC is the closest thing to mental health support — always available and absolutely free.
Our network moves help quickly through direct interactions between individuals in real time, allowing members to support each other in times of need. We leverage social media to mobilize kindness, ideas, and resources, creating a unique community resilience engine. What’s more: MCC empowers mothers to tell their stories, start businesses, and even run for office!
Our Vision: A world in which mothers are deeply supported emotionally, physically, and economically, and a community in which ALL are seen, heard, and held.
After all, we can’t expect flowers to become fruit if we don’t water the roots. MCC reminds us that it’s not enough to ask: “How are the children?” thriving communities must also ask: “How are the parents?”. It's time to place support where it makes the biggest difference for the entire community.
Mama's Comfort Camp was founded in 2012 by Yael Saar, a postpartum depression survivor who, as a child, lost her own mother to PPD (watch her moving story in this New York Times 4 minute animation: bit.ly/yaelNYTimes). In 2016 we became a nonprofit project of the Center for Transformative Action, a Cornell University affiliate. All our online forums are moderated diligently (emphasis on gently!) by loving trained volunteers who protect our forums from judgment, competitive parenting, and unsolicited advice.
Why we are fundraising:
A staggering amount of invisible work goes into Mama's Comfort Camp. A complex volunteer operation cannot function effectively without a professional backbone holding all the moving parts together. We are committed to never putting any financial barriers for MCC membership therefore we need to seek donations and offer paid listings in our Ithaca Chapter in order to cover our operations costs, including our online moderation structures (volunteer recruitment, training, coordination, and ongoing support), community outreach, and resilience-building activities in Ithaca (support meetings, continuing education, resource-exchanges, and family gatherings).
About Trade and barter:
We want to make this opportunity accessible to as many mothers as possible, so we are willing to get creative with you. We may auction bartered products or find other ways to recuperate the value. Because that means more work for us and we have no guarantee we will succeed in selling your product, we usually double the price; so if you are looking to barter for $30, you need to trade product or services with the market value of $60. Message our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp to chat about your specific situation. We are confident we can come up with a way to work together.
Thank you for considering supporting our efforts!
And if you are a mother who is not yet a member of MCC, you can find us here: facebook.com/groups/mamas.comfort.camp/