Community Partner Reports
It is with this gratitude that we share the 310 Connect Calhoun County report with you, in hopes that you may experience the deep sense of community that we have been so thankful to have learned from over the years, and for many years to come. This project began as a coalition of folx hoping to bring about awareness and change in several systems that impact breastfeeding families, which included maternity care, child care, normalization, and workplace. Data supports that most families want to breastfeed. However, due to systemic racism, oppression, and significant barriers to access, families oftentimes are unable to reach their individual breastfeeding goals. So, what began with ideation, and painting the town with clings, shifted to financially supporting Black women-led organizations doing birth and breastfeeding work in Battle Creek, who reflect the community that they serve, being equitably compensated to do what they do best – serve. The answers have always been in the community.
What an abundance of listening, learning and growing these past four years have been – the highs and the lows, and everything in between. It’s been a true honor for MIBFN, humbly leaning into the pivot during these challenging times, to work alongside so many powerful leaders in Flint. We are full of gratitude to share this report with you and have found ourselves filled with emotion in putting this together, finding only one word that seems fitting enough to describe it all: Resilience. We are humbled to have the opportunity to share the remarkable work that has and continues to occur with Flint families at the center and specifically Black families at its core. We are incredibly grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for their commitment, dedication, and trust. The continued investment into the work of Black-led, community-based organizations is seen, deeply appreciated and is shifting the paradigm of leadership.
Breastfeeding is medicine. SEMI’s members know this, and despite not receiving personal protective equipment (PPE), continued serving Detroit families. In the face of these dangers, we put together a peer-to-peer fundraiser to help get them the tools they needed to continue serving families in Detroit. We asked for your help to ensure that the families of Detroit could continue receiving lactation education, accessing lactation support, and providing human milk for their children during this emergency. SEMI needed PPE, sanitation items, lactation supplies, and monetary contributions to support lactation providers on the front line and ensure that they could continue to serve families in Metro Detroit. We are so thankful to all of the generous donors! Your investment in Detroit families during the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to save lives. Thank you so much for your contribution to the #InvestinDetroitBreastfeeding Fundraising Campaign. Thanks for all you do to support breastfeeding families!