The MOMS Club of Moorestown, a nonprofit support group that aims to provide a family and life balance for stay-at-home and working moms in Burlington County, is among more than 1,500 chapters nationwide that connect moms and kids who need support.
According to its website, the MOMS Club coordinates educational and other activities for moms, families and kids once a week and supports age-based play groups, a book club, craft clubs and a fitness group. Monthly meetings provide an open space for making connections, and the club also supports local efforts to help moms and children. Activities range from park days and field trips to walking, fitness and book clubs.
“The MOMS Club is a national organization,” said Laura Klein, administrative vice president. “It’s based on local groups, so the idea is creating a group of women that are moms that can get together without having to drive too far.”
Activities for moms also include evening nights out and helping hands from members who volunteer to provide meals for new (and new again) moms. Klein explained how the club kept everyone connected through the pandemic, with parents bringing creative ideas to the table.
“ … We kind of had interesting things pop up,” she noted. “I did like a little virtual mommy-and-me cooking class so that people could log on. We did a lot of Zoom play groups, music club kind of via Zoom (and) our play groups were via Zoom.”
The MOMS Club of Moorestown has 30 members from the township, Palmyra, Delran, Cinnaminson, Riverton and Riverside. According to Klein the Moorestown group is planning a merger with the moms club in Mount Laurel that will add another dozen members.
In her first year as administrative vice president, Klein searched for different service projects that the Moorestown club could get involved in, something it is required to do annually. This spring, members participated in a project from Distributing Dignity, whose mission is to provide new bras and feminine hygiene products to women in need.
“I came across this organization – I’ve seen other people (giving) donations to them – and I saw that they do something called a Mardi Bras party,” Klein said of Distributing Dignity. “As far as moms go, I just thought it was so spot on as far as collecting feminine hygiene products and new bras.”
Klein would like Moorestown’s MOMS Club to contribute annually to the Mardi Bras project and sees promise in the merger with Mount Laurel.
“I just feel like the fresh influx of mom brains is going to be great,” she said. “I think that’s what we’re all really looking forward to.”
For more information on the MOMS Club of Moorestown and how to join, visit https://www.mcoma.org.