By, Zulema Herrera
Chambanamoms, which is not to be mistaken for being a membership organization, is a local media platform that serves to inform and engage the community through their articles and events. During the weekend, their focus was on supporting healthcare workers.
On Saturday, Chambanamoms offered an opportunity for families to participate in their “Thank a Health Care Worker” craft-pick up event at the Christie Clinic at the Fields health center. The time slot to pick up craft kits was between 9am to 10:30am; the setup was outside the center’s entrance. In the craft kit are coloring sheets that thank healthcare workers, watercolors, and an envelope for people to mail their art to the center. Laura Bleill, founder of the site, said they are longtime partners with the clinic and that they helped to form the event.
“So we have just been finding creative ways to do that(events) of course throughout Covid” said Bleill, “this was just another one of the ideas that we came up with and that we thought would be a fun thing to do for people as well as a way to let our health workers and our community know that we care.”
The platform’s content includes stories, advice articles, and a calendar of events happening within the community. However, events like the craft pick-up is one of the many ways that they have engaged with the community outside of their online platform. Events coordinator of Chambanamoms, Mindy Borden, says that their mission is what drew her to join the team.
“I love chambanamoms because it is family friendly and we’re always looking to connect parents, anyone really, to activities that are going on in the community” said Borden, “and trying to get people involved in this awesome community that we live in.”
Bleill says they hope to host in-person events soon, especially within the upcoming summer. One of their popular activities, pre-Covid, were their summer play-dates which were set up in different locations, such as parks or playgrounds, for families to join. However, until then, they continue to keep the community updated with their content and host events virtual.
“Our main form our community is online, so through our website and social media channels” said Bleill, “but bringing people together offline has been a huge part of our mission and why this all works together.”
To view their website visit to stay updated on events and stories visit their website at chambanamoms.com.