INCITE is Celebrating our 3rd Year Anniversary!
It's an exciting time for our organization, as we celebrate 3 years of community work, building relationships, helping women and children in need, encouraging women to heal, move forward and flourish and teamwork!
We are celebrating with an Anniversary Party for our INCITE families, team, previous guest speaker and volunteers and previous INCITE graduates on Wed. April 16 at The Bay Learning Centre, 6:30-8:30. Our evening will consist of a pot luck dinner, live entertainment by Kenny V and guest speakers Beth Hudson, Jackie Holmes, Jennifer Potter, Vandy Gadia-Sharma, Kyla Werrett and Jeff Lewis. If you would like to join us, please RSVP at single firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please drop-in to our Open House on Thursday April 24, 10 am - 3 pm at 860 Harrington Ct, Suite 160 in Burlington. Our doors are open and we would be thrilled to show you around our office space and walk-in Resource Centre, share more about our work in the community and connect with you!
A Proud Moment!
2014 Burlington's Best Awards
INCITE A Single Moms Support Group is proud to announce that Beth Hudson, Executive Director of INCITE A Single Moms Support Group, has been nominated for Burlington's Best Awards, in both the Citizen of the Year
and Community Service Award
categories! The awards evening will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Burlington Convention Centre, 6:30 pm. For tickets to attend, ($15 each) please email Roxanne.email@example.com. For more info, click here.
INCITE is Booking Guest Speakers for 2014/2015 Year!
Well, it's that time of year! INCITE A Single Moms Support Group is now booking our Guest Speakers for the 2014/2015 year.
As you may know, INCITE offers a Weekly Support Meeting for our single moms on Wednesday nights at The Bay Learning Centre, 860 Harrington Court in Burlington. At these meetings we offer a variety of guest speakers, as well as meditation, yoga, a focus on health: Mind, body and soul, mentoring, open discussions, sharing, inspiration and more!
We have Guest Speakers bi-monthly, offering a variety of topics in areas such as self-development, self-esteem and self-worth, wholistic health, career, parenting, legal, finances, separation and divorce and more. We look for professionals with a specialized area of expertise, mentors, life coaches and inspirational speakers.
We also offer a night to focus on entrepreneurial pursuits (Wed Feb 25/15) and a night that we focus on finance (Wed Oct 22/14). If you would like to share what you do in either of these areas, you can rent a vendor table for only $50 for that particular night, which gives you an opportunity to share with the Moms what you do, answer their questions and explain more about your products and services.
We also offer a Children's Program that consists of a focus on Core Values, citizenship and community, fitness and fun! We are always looking for guests to come out to expose our children to a variety of health and fitness activities, offer inspiration, community and citizenship building, fun activies such as art, drama, science, music and more!
If you are into interested in contributing to our organization and our single mom demographic and help us to make a difference, please email our admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details and to book your date. FYI: We book up quickly!
Please state how you would like to contribute (eg. Guest Speaker) and topic and/or area of expertise.
ps. We are also looking for 1 or 2 more volunteers to join our Weekly Support Meeting team, helping to facilitate the Wednesday night meetings for single moms. If you are in the social work field, are a mentor/life coach or feel that you have something to offer, please email me at email@example.com
It's Time For Our Annual Mother's Day Event!
INCITE A Single Moms Support Group is hosting our 2nd Annual Mother's Day Event on Sat May 10, 11 am-3 pm in downtown Burlington at St Luke's Parish Hall at 1382 Ontario Street in downtown Burlington.
We are so excited to celebrate both the Moms in our life and in our community!!!
We are having a best Mom contest for everyone from little kiddies to adult kiddies, friends and family to nominate their Mom for grand prizes! We ask that you answer "How my Mom makes a difference in my life, the live of others and in the community!" Your Mom needs to live in the Halton or Hamilton/Wentworth region to qualify. (If you are too little to complete the nomination form, you can ask an adult to help you!) The top 50 submissions will be displayed at the Mother's Day Event, the top 20 Moms will receive a gift bag in appreciation and recognition at the event and the top 3 picks will be formally presented with a grand prize at 2 pm at the event. (Including an all-inclusive weekend away at the Fern Resort, for up to 4 people, including accommodation, meals and activities!) To nominate a Mom, please complete and submit the form below. (you may also include 1 photo and/or 1 video including the nomination question and answer (3 minutes or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as a $24.99 administration fee.
The celebration is open to the whole community and consist of a gourmet lunch, live music, pampering for the Moms, family photos, vendors, prizes and much, much more! A fun afternoon out for both the Moms, and the whole family!
Tickets are only $12 in advance ($15 at the door) or $40 for a family of up to 6!
To become a vendor or sponsor or purchase tickets, click here! To donate a silent auction item or prize or have any questions, please email single email@example.com.
Body & Soul Fundraiser Event!
INCITE is hosting a Body & Soul Event fundraiser for women in our community! Wed June 4, 6-9 pm at The Centre! Purchase your tickets in advance for only $10 ($12 at the door) and come on out to enjoy learning about different wholistic methods, get up-to-date information, a treatment, enjoy prizes, giveaways and much, much more! It's going to be a great night! Tickets on sale now at:
For information on being a sponsor, vendor or donate a silent auction, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited spaces! For more information on how you can get involved with INCITE, click here!
YMCA Camp Wanakita Family Retreat
INCITE A Single Moms Support Group is thrilled to be able to offer our annual weekend retreat again, at the YMCA Camp Wanakita in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands!
For those of you who have had a chance to come yet, it is a ton of fun and a very special time and place to spend with your children!
You can pay here. Deposits are due by May 30, 2014 (10% down, non-refundable), you can also pay for the remainder of the cost on the website and new this year, SPREAD OUT YOUR PAYMENTS! (pay $20 at a time, on our Webstore or provide post-dated cheques to pay in smaller sums)
Again, we are offering spots to our INCITE Team Members. If you would like to offer a class or treatment, please let me know! (eg. Reiki, Massage, dance/yoga/meditation class, counselling, etc.)
We are very grateful for our partnership with the YMCA. Once again, they have offered us a 50% savings. Prices are as follows:
Adult - $82.50 + HST ($93.23)
Youth (10 - 16) - $65.00 + HST ($73.45)
Child (3 - 9) - $40.00 + HST ($)
Under 3 - Free
Mardi Gras Gala!
Thank you community! INCITE A Single Moms Support Group raised $6725 at our Mardi Gras Gala Fundraiser Event this past Thursday at Beaver and Bulldog Burlington! Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended or donated to the cause! The monies raised will help us to keep our doors open and help and offer support to single moms and their children, in our community!
Thank you so much for allowing me to be involved in such an amazing organization, helping to empower woman on their journey. You know by living as a single parent for many years myself, I understand all the trials and tribulations, have personally healed a great deal and have grown myself by leaps and bounds. It is with this understanding and life experience, as well as education, I draw on to empower and encourage others to reach their potential. I look forward to our continued partnership, and fostering growth and excitement for the future, with those women who come through your doors. I am so thrilled this event generated so much for you. You are so deserving of it, and even more.
Blessing to you. May the year continue to be abundant for you.
Thank you to all of you who helped make our Mardi Gras a huge success by coming out (especially in the lovely winter weather we were having), selling tickets, donating silent auction items and finding sponsors!
As you may know, INCITE A Single Moms Support Group relies on our fundraisers, community support and donations to help us to help families-in-need, in our community.
Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors that helped to make this night such a huge success!
Sponsors: Domilya Group Inc., Evolove, Smiths Funeral Home, Bill Hewitt at CPS INKworks, Brownlow Partners, Mortgages For Women.com Inc, Absolute Financial Solutions, Aradia Fitness Oakville, Speedy Muffler, VERICO Designer Mortgages Inc. and The Works.
"You are doing amazing work, even though I cant be there physically I am following you and wishing I had the resources to do the same in my community...I salute you."
A huge thank you goes out to Jane from Aradia Fitness, Meghan from Samba Heat Entertainment, KENNY V. and comedians Ashely Moffat and Mayce Galoni for entertaining us and to MP Mike Wallace, Mayor Rick Goldring and Mina Wahidi from the Compassion Society, for coming out and speaking on INCITE's behalf.
It was a fantastic night, a lot of fun and integral to keeping INCITE's doors open to single mom families in our community!
Thank you to Joel Hicks for being our "tech" guy, Lori and Cathy at the office, Jenny Hood for all of your last minute help and our single moms for your help preparing, to our kids: Haley Hudson, Amy and Sarah Berrington and all of the other volunteers for helping with set up and to our awesome Fundraising Committee: Diana Spiteri Weber, Lorraine Berrington, Candace, Kayella and Kara for all of your hard work, efforts and dedication!
Once again, John A. Macdonald and the staff at the Beaver and Bulldog spoiled us and took the very best care of our organization and guests with delicious food, fantastic cocktail specials and excellent service! Thanks to the Burlington Post and SNAP magazine for coming out to take pics and to Jennifer Machado for being our resident photographer!
This was INCITE A Incite Single Moms Support Group's largest and most successful fundraiser yet! Thanks to all of you we can continue to offer our programs and services to single moms and their children in our community!
Watch this YOU Tube video on INICTE A Single Moms Support Group, our work in the community and our Singles Mixer fundraiser.
Support In The Community
Thank you to Ramona Paul and Lowe's for their generous donation and partnership with INCITE A Single Moms Support Group! Congratulations on your new store opening at Appleby and Dundas Street in Burlington! For more information on this new location, click here.
Anniversary Party, Apr 23
Year End Party, June 25
Great Wolf Lodge
Picnic and Hiking in Niagara Falls
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Feeding the Homeless
Burlington Green's Clean Up, Green Up
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Healthy Living Events
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Mother's Day Event
Mother's Day Necklaces
Body & Soul Event
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Article in the Hamilton Spectator
To read more, click here.
A New Years Deal
For a limited time, purchase an Access ($69.99) or All-Inclusive Card ($199.99) to INCITE A Single Moms Support Group and get free passes/coupons to the Bird Kingdom, Primetime Bowling, Beaver & Bulldog and a FREE Auto Service Package (valued at $60) including an oil change, tire inspect. and rotation, fluids, lights, brakes, exhaust, suspension, battery, etc., checked! That's over $90 in coupons! Makes a wonderful Christmas present for a single mom, or for yourself! Did you know our programs and services value at $3500-$4000/year! This is a support system that is not only priceless but extremely affordable thanks to our volunteers and on-going community support! Click here!
Volunteering at the Wellington Square Community Dinner
INCITE's Moms and Children volunteered once again with Wellington Square United Church, helping them with their weekly Community Dinner, feeding families and individuals-in-need, in our community. We were thrilled to be a part of and support this wonderful ministry. Our families had a blast, made new friends and connected with the community! We look forward to helping out again, soon!
Sharing Pennies....To Feed the Homeless
Exciting news! Thank you Single Moms for "Sharing your Pennies" these past two years! Your sharing (emotionally and financially) has raised enough for INCITE/us to be able to sponsor 30 homeless individuals for a Christmas Dinner at Mission Services in Hamilton! Way to go, ladies!!! What an amazing way to "make a difference!" Thank you for sharing!
Our donation to Mina Wahidi at The Compassion Society, thanks to Brant Seniors Centre and many generous donations from the community! Coats, clothing, food, Christmas gifts, books, toys, shoes, etc.
What Our Moms Are Saying!
We Have Some Stats
- 89% of our Moms strongly agree that they enjoy coming to INCITE's Weekly Support Meetings and feel that they learn new things, receive support, feel encouraged, laugh and grow
- 89% of our Moms strongly agree that their child enjoys coming to our Children's Program
- 92% of our Moms strongly agree that INCITE has made a difference in their life
- When our single moms were asked if they see an improvement/feel that they are in a better place in different areas of their life, because of the impact that INCITE A Single Moms Support Group has made, this was their response: 92% saw improvement in their self-esteem, 100% saw improvement in their mental health, 92% saw improvement in their overall outlook in life, 83% saw improvement in their overall health, 83% saw improvement in their spiritual health, 67% felt more connected to the community, 67% felt less alone or isolated, 83% saw improvement in their attitude
- 83% agreed/strongly agreed that they got excellent value from their INCITE ACCESS or ALL-INCLUSIVE card
- 100% agreed/strongly agreed that they would recommend INCITE A Single Moms Support Group to other single moms!!!
Support Groups like INCITE A Single Moms Support Group are important to have in the community:
- Because there is nothing like this for women who need support from the ground up. The materials and services offered are serving real needs.
- Because it provides people in need with an opportunity to connect with other people in similar situations. It gives them a sense of belonging
- To help others feel like they are not alone
- Offers support, encouragement and kindness
If I couldn't come to INCITE anymore, I would miss:
- The friendships, laughter and support
- The chats and feeling that I belong somewhere
INCITE has made a differerence in my life:
- By introducing me to the community
- By providing me with a great place to "give back"
- By allowing me to connect with others going through the same process as me
INCITE has helped my child by:
- introducing him to awesome people in the community
Mentoring Single Moms Across Canada
An Interview with Executive Director, BethHudson on Cogeco's FYI Program!
"Beth, I loved the interview. I have been following your group from afar since I met you selling bracelets at the Burlington YMCA. I'm not a single mom, and in fact outside of my sister, I don’t even know any single moms. However I watched my older sister raise 3 boys on her own, they are now 23, 25 and 33 years old. My sister is a remarkable woman to have raised 3 healthy, well rounded and successful young men. Beth you should be so proud of yourself! You are an inspiration to many and you have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. good for you girl! If I recall correctly, I believe from the Burlington Post, you have daughter. She sure has a great role model in you! Congratulations on everything you have accomplished! After seeing this video, I am anxious to visit your new office. I will introduce myself when I drop in if you are there. Congratulations on your success so far!"
The Single Mom Show is here!
"As a single mom for over 11 years, and the Executive Director & Founder of INCITE A Single Moms Support Group, I have learned much about the world of single moms, through sharing experiences, feelings, stories, challenges, struggles, milestones and successes with hundreds of local single moms.
I'm very excited to launch The Single Mom Show, an opportunity to provide single moms everywhere with the inspiration and empowerment that they need; a chance to celebrate our lives, our stories, our challenges and our triumphs and a chance to get the help "out there" to single moms that need it; providing tools, tips and guidance from professionals that care. From legal issues, parenting challenges and financial difficulties to career challenges, self-esteem issues, dating confusion and handling emotions, The Single Mom Show discusses issues that relate to single moms today, providing answers, inspiration, humour, compassion and tools.
I'm thrilled to say that Single moms now have a voice, professional guidance and answers through The Single Moms Show!"
inspiring | empowering | celebrating you
To watch an episode of The Single Mom Show, click here! To purchase your episodes of The Single Mom Show, click here!
*All proceeds go to support programs and services at INCITE A Single Moms Show, raising up single moms and their children in our community
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