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New Organization
for Local Mothers
Huddle Up Moms look to serve mothers in the community with
monthly events and panels.
HUDDLE UP MOMS (HUM) is a grassroots
organization formed in 2019, whose mission is to
empower, educate and support mothers in the area
through meaningful connections in the community,
thanks to one group of women attending a Mom Expo
and recognizing the needs of mothers in Roanoke.
Jaclyn Nunziato Executive Director of HUM and
a member of the founding group of women, said they
spent the last nine months determining the 'what' and
'who' of HUM, and how it can best serve mothers in
this community by partnering with existing programs
in Southwest Virginia.
"I was blessed to meet some inspiring women who are
doing so much for the community on their own," says
Nunziato. "We can make this community better if we
collaborate, instead of spinning our wheels individually."
HUM provides resources to mothers through
live events, educational panels and online teaching.
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Monthly education panels will focus on women's
health, hosting peer-led support groups such as
infertility, NICU, LGBT, pregnancy and infant loss,
perinatal mood and anxiety, single moms and many
others. Nunziato said the majority of mothers utilizing
their resources prefer attending live events in person,
but those who are unable to attend turn to the online
options.
"We want to provide a multitude of venues for
women to be able to access quality information and
give them various opportunities to be a part of a group
in a way that best suits their needs and demands," says
Nunziato.
HUM is a volunteer-based organization with many
opportunities for involvement. Nunziato says she
believes many women choose to volunteer for HUM
because their stories and struggles are relatable to
mothers everywhere.
Nunziato says HUM's executive team works to
make their vision a reality for the Roanoke community
of mothers.
"I am lucky to be the executive director of a board
that functions so cohesively, and at the same time,
independently utilizes everyone's abilities," says
Nunziato.
To learn more and get involved, visit
huddleupmoms.org. -JENNIFER RIALES
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