Locally Based Nonprofit Sierra Moms
Melissa Ores and Soren Ream; Melissa and Luke Barker; Sarah and Magnolia Shelton; Melissa and Chloe Cvitanovic
If you’re a mom, imagine going to an amazing party at a unique venue (Amador Flower Farm, anyone?) with fun activities planned for all to enjoy. Did we say that food is provided? Oh, and that you can bring the kids and hubby, too?
Sierra Moms is a locally based nonprofit that—in addition to hosting awesome parties for its members and their families—helps local women connect with one another to find support in their role as mothers, and assists local charities by providing grants and volunteer service.
Established for nearly 25 years, the organization has evolved from a small group—originally called the Folsom Moms Club—to an extensive community serving approximately 220 families in the greater Folsom and El Dorado Hills area.
“The purpose of the club has always been to bring moms and their kids together,” says Melissa Cvitanovic, currently serving her second term as president. “Along the way, there have been significant milestones that have shaped who we are today, including our Children’s Activity and Preschool Expo, which we launched in 2008, [and has since] become a big event that greatly benefits local preschools and children’s businesses, as well as the families who attend.”
Another high point was adding their Business Partners Discount program, which allows Sierra Moms to partner with local businesses and provide its members with worthwhile discounts—oftentimes in amounts over and above the annual $45 membership fee.
Cvitanovic recalls that she found Sierra Moms through a web search when she was seeking to expose her young children to different activities and playgroups. She liked what the organization was accomplishing philanthropically and, after attending a few events and meeting many of the members, was hooked. In her current role as president, Cvitanovic enjoys helping to plan the events. “Our Spring Quarterly party is planned for the beginning of [next month],” she says. “In the past, we’ve had great food, an Easter bunny, bounce houses and an Easter egg hunt. Also, our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held later this spring to reward our awesome volunteers and board members who have contributed to Sierra Mom’s success.”
Throughout the year, the nonprofit hosts weekly playgroups and ongoing outings; in addition, there are various monthly events just for the moms such as movie nights, a cooking club and a book club. What’s more, members have numerous opportunities to donate to local causes and charities, including Sierra Moms’ backpack drive benefitting Twin Lakes Food Bank, Gifts From the Heart, and the El Dorado County Food Bank.
Cvitanovic welcomes all interested moms to find out how they can connect with the organization. “Sierra Moms has a diverse membership, but there is a common aspiration to be the best mothers we can be,” she enthuses. “At the same time, we can help our community and be great role models for our children.”