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Community service and outreach is a key part of Mocha Moms. Inc. and serves as one of the seven main pillars of our national platform. By serving our communities, members are able to hone or cultivate skills that are not currently being used in their jobs as moms. It is important for our children to witness their mothers being involved in improving and giving back to their communities. Each local chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. is required to perform two community service projects each year, one of which must focus on the National Community Service Initiative.

The National Community Service Initiative is Closing the Gap in Minority Health, Prosperity and Achievement.

Our chapter has a history of providing services to our community...

The Mocha Moms Chapter of Woodbridge has a close working relationship with Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS). ACTS is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger, homelessness and domestic violence, and help people achieve self-support in the Prince William County Area. 

2008 Community Service Projects
Launched Boys Booked on Barbershops (AKA B-BOB) (April)
We participated in a national literacy program designed to make the most of naturally-occurring opportunities for children to read in the context of their cultures and communities in familiar neighborhood sites. We purchased 35+ books, and shelving for the reading nook at one of the Pro-Styli'n Barbershops.
 
School Supply Donation (August)
After conducting two fundraisers, school supplies were purchased for 100 backpacks. The backpacks were distributed to families registered with the ACTS program.
 
Gifts of Hope Party (December)
This annual party consists of feeding the families in Transitional Living a holiday dinner, providing games and crafts for the children, and a visit from Santa. The Moms provide gifts for each child in the program. The ACTS Transitional Living Program is a two-year program that provides temporary housing and promotes self-sufficiency for homeless families.  
 
2007 Community Service Projects
Heart Disease Awareness (March)
Each year, heart disease and stroke claim hundreds of thousands of lives. We wanted to raise awareness and improve screening services, we participated in the Heart for Women Act by signing red dress paper dolls which was then presented to Congressional leaders by Betsy Vetter of the American Heart Association.
 
Empowerment Workshop for Women (March)
Speaker: Lorraine Morris Cole
In celebration of women's history month we received an awesome presentation which included life enriching tips, giveaways and pertinent health information was provided for us to take.
 
Book Club Discussion (June)
As part of the National Community Service Initiative for Closing the Gap in Minority Health, Prosperity and Achievement, we hosted our book club discussion at the Potomac Library for member and community participation. We asked all attendees to bring a new or gently used book to donate to ACTS.
 
School Supply Donation (August)
After conducting two fundraisers, school supplies were purchased for 100 backpacks. The backpacks were distributed to families registered with the ACTS program.
 
Gifts of Hope Party (December)
This annual party consists of feeding the families in Transitional Living a holiday dinner, providing games and crafts for the children, and a visit from Santa. The Moms provide gifts for each child in the program. The ACTS Transitional Living Program is a two-year program that provides temporary housing and promotes self-sufficiency for homeless families.  
 
2006 Community Service Projects
Heart Disease Seminar (March)
Speakers: Rhonda Thompson and Dr. Hope Griffin
We received an informative presentation on high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, healthier eating habits, and activities to maintain a healthier heart. Pamphlets and brochures were available to take home. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women.
 
Turning Points Women's Shelter Donation (April)
We purchased blinds and a vacuum cleaner for ACTS Turning Points which is a domestic violence intervention program serving Prince William County Area. Turning Points provides shelter, counseling, relationship education, and parenting classes for women who find themselves in domestic violence situations.
 
ACTS Food Pantry Donation (April through June)
Members donated canned food items, dried food items and non-food items to the ACTS Food Pantry.
 
School Supply Donation (August)
After conducting two fundraisers, supplies were purchased for 100 backpacks. Each backpack contained twenty items. The backpacks were distributed to families registered with the ACTS program.
 
Breast Cancer Awareness (October)
Speakers: Shelia Griffin, Marsha Komandt and Mary Phifer
We received an informative presentation about breast cancer regarding detection, treatment, and risk factors.  Pamphlets and brochures were available to take home.
 
Gifts of Hope Party (December)
This annual party consists of feeding the families in the ACTS Transitional Living Program a holiday dinner, providing games and crafts for the children, and gifts to the families. The Moms provide gifts for each child in the program. The ACTS Transitional Living Program is a two-year program that provides temporary housing and promotes self-sufficiency for homeless families.  
 
2005 Community Service Projects
Heart Disease Seminar (March)
Speaker: Mrs. Michelle Walden, Registered Nurse
We received an informative presentation on high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, healthier eating habits, and activities to maintain a healthier heart. Pamphlets and brochures were available to take home. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women.
 
Supported Graduating Families (April)
We sponsored two families that graduated from the ACTS Transitional Living Program. Our chapter Moms provided household items for their new apartments to contribute to a smooth transition.

Canned Food Donation (May through August)
We received donation from chapter members during the summer months. Our total donation to the Food Pantry consisted of 117 canned and 8 boxed or other items.

Turning Points Donation (July)
We purchased two irons and a vacuum cleaner for ACTS Turning Points which is a domestic violence intervention program serving Prince William County Area. Turning Points provides shelter, counseling, relationship education, and parenting classes for women who find themselves in domestic violence situations.

School Supply Donation (September)
After conducting three fundraising events, supplies were purchased for approximately 100 backpacks. Each school bag contained twenty items. The backpacks are distributed to families registered with the ACTS program.

 Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar (October)
The program featured three speakers. Michelle Walden, RN, discussed statistics, signs and symptoms, procedures and surgeries, when to conduct a self-exam and what to look for. Mary Black, also a registered nurse, discussed the anatomy of the breast, exercises, and massage techniques, the importance of wearing proper undergarments, and practices for maintaining healthy breast tissue. Our final speaker was a ten-year breast cancer survivor who shared her personal story with the group.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort (October)
The Mocha Moms, Inc. National Board is funding a Mocha-to-Mocha Relief Effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This effort will also assist families who are hosting a displaced relative from the tragedy. Our chapter donated $400 in cash and giftcards to support this worthy cause.

Gifts of Hope Party (December)
This annual party consists of feeding the families in Transitional Living a holiday dinner, providing games and crafts for the children, and a visit from Santa. The Moms provide gifts for each child in the program. The ACTS Transitional Living Program is a two-year program that provides temporary housing and promotes self-sufficiency for homeless families.