by Alex Vukoder
For Bath resident Samantha Swan, the MOMs Club of Copley/Fairlawn was a valuable resource for her at a very pivotal time for her family.
“The MOMS club helped me find my village,” said Swan, current president of the club. “I was facing post-partum depression and having this group offered the friendships I needed so that I wasn’t doing the day-to-day alone.”
MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support and that is exactly what the local group, which is open to moms living in Copley, Fairlawn, Bath, and the surrounding areas, aims to do. They welcome moms and their children spanning all age groups for daytime activities, friendship, and emotional support to help lessen the load that comes with being a full-time caregiver. Their focus is on moms who stay-at-home, work part-time and those with at-home businesses.
“MOMS Club creates bonds for kids and adults. It also gives us an opportunity to get involved in charity work and give back to our community,” added Swan.
The club hosts public meet-ups and play dates for moms and kids including the zoo, local parks, and recently, a miniature goat farm. It also includes mom’s night out, book club, date nights for couples and more. These activities are for adults only and the monthly mom’s nights out have included meeting at a winery, and swimming and a bonfire at a Jewish Community Center.
Members also organize opportunities to support the local community and the club was a sponsor of Kylie Rose’s Run on Aug. 28, an annual 5K and Family Fun Run that supports Akron Children’s Hospital’s Oncology Department.
Interested moms are encouraged to attend one or two public events before deciding to join. Annual dues are $25 and cover the cost of chapter registration with the International MOMS Club, cost of service projects and member events. They also offer a lower priced summer and evening membership level.
During the height of COVID-19, the group continued to support each other and hosted zoom playdates with scavenger hunts and story times for the kids.
“New membership slowed for a while, but we stayed connected the best we could. It was hard for a while but we are back with our full monthly schedule,” said vice president, Denise Robinson.
The local club is one of the thousands of chapters of the International MOMS Clubs. Visit momsofcopley.org for more information. ∞
Photo: The Copley/Fairlawn MOMS Club visited a fire station as one of their playdates for children.Photo submitted.