Two local nonprofits have teamed up to give new moms in the Charleston area a chance to get outside with their babies for fresh air and connection all while giving back to the local community.
Postpartum Support Charleston in partnership with the Charleston Parks Conservancy is offering Gather & Garden: Mom Edition twice a month starting in September. Moms are invited to volunteer in the Conservancy’s community garden on James Island.
The Conservancy regularly hosts volunteer events in its community gardens, but moms are specifically invited to volunteer from 9-11 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The program kicks off on Sept. 9. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required and space is limited. Medway Garden is located at 2069 Medway Road in Charleston.
“We know how isolating motherhood can be so we are thrilled to partner with another wonderful local organization and give moms a chance to spend some time outside in nature while meeting other moms in a similar life season,” said Elaine DeaKyne, executive director of Postpartum Support Charleston. “Plus, babies will benefit from fresh air and the colorful stimulation in the garden.”
For more than 20 years, Postpartum Support Charleston has been providing peer support and resources for moms struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community.
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Postpartum Support Charleston and provide a space where moms can come together in a relaxing garden setting to connect with one another while volunteering with the Charleston Parks Conservancy,” said Courtney Olson, community garden manager & educator.
The Charleston Parks Conservancy staff will provide all the gardening supplies and instruction. Volunteer tasks include weeding, seeding, planting, watering and harvesting produce that’s donated to local food pantries. No gardening experience is needed. Events are held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, participants will be notified about a cancellation. Babies and toddlers are welcome.
Medway Community Garden also has a dedicated fresh cut flower garden where moms can make bouquets for themselves and for other moms participating in Postpartum Support Charleston programs.
A Mom Mentor from Postpartum Support Charleston will be available to talk with moms needing extra support and to answer questions about postpartum depression or anxiety.
To register for Gather & Garden: Mom Edition, visit www.ppdsupport.org/group-support
About Postpartum Support Charleston
Founded in 2000, Postpartum Support Charleston is a nonprofit organization that supports mothers across the Charleston tri-county area struggling with maternal mental illness such as postpartum depression and anxiety. Through our extensive moms-for-moms network, connection to diverse mental and physical health expertise and genuine empathy, Postpartum Support Charleston is uniquely positioned to help mothers move into motherhood. For more information, visit www.ppdsupport.org.
About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. For more than 13 years, the Conservancy — through public-private partnerships — has had a hand in renovating and beautifying more than 20 parks in the City of Charleston. In 2020, renovations were completed at Moultrie Playground and at St. Julian Devine Community Center & Park. Other notable projects include the complete renovation of Colonial Lake, the renovation of the Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park as well as Magnolia Park and Community Garden and Medway Park and Community Garden. For more information, visit www.charlestonparksconservancy.org.