Supplies: Register to Shop

Client Care Day Registration:

  • Parent should only register for ONE shop time.  Please do NOT register yourself for multiple shop times, as you will be asked to delete them,
  • Parent may register to attend ONE Client Care Day each month.  Do NOT register for the Second Saturday and the Wednesday Following in the same month, as you will be asked to delete one of these registrations.
  • Online Registration OPENS at 10am on the 1st of each month, for that month's events.  Registration CLOSES 2 days before the event date at 10am. If a timeslot appears full, make sure to scroll down to check availability of other timeslots.
  • The parent who is registered online MUST be the parent to check-in & shop at Mother & Child on the day of the event.
  • If registering for the Wednesday Following event, please note we encourage parents to find someone to watch their children over the age of 2 on this day, as we are unable to provide a kid play area with volunteers (as we do at our Second Saturday event).

     

 

Client Care Day Online Registration (Links will be posted by 10am on the 1st of the month, when registration opens online):

Second Saturday: https://december2017secondsaturday.eventbrite.com

Wednesday Following: https://december2017wednesdayfollowing.eventbrite.com

 

Each Month's Registration will Follow this Format https://[MONTH][YEAR]secondsaturday.eventbrite.com or https://[MONTH][YEAR]wednesdayfollowing.eventbrite.com

 

Client Care Day FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No ID or Proof of Age or Income Required. MCEC does however ask those shopping are those parenting between pregnancy and early infancy (0 - 5 or 6 Years).

What are my transportation/parking options?

MCEC is conveniently located across from the Hollywood Transit Center, on the corner of NE Halsey & NE 41st Ave.  1-2 Hour Street Parking is available for those driving. Our driveway and back lot is closed for this event (used as event space for attending parents/families).

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

No, just bring yourself and a smile...and maybe an umbrella if it's raining!  Though we have tents, individuals do wait outside until his/her name is called to shop, so please dress yourself AND your children for the weather. No early entry.  Please also remember, 1 Parent is invited to Shop.  All support persons, significant others, and children should wait outside.  If you plan to bring your children, please bring a support person to wait outside with them if you are not comfortable with them staying with a Mother & Child volunteer outside.

Do I need to bring a bag?

We encourage you to bring a reuseable bag if you have one (or a backpack)! We will fill a paper grocery sack with a bundle of clothing and diapers, but please ask the volunteer assisting you during shopping, if you would like to transfer your items from the paper bag(s) to your reuseable one or backpack. We especially recommend this option to those taking public transit.  Occassionally, Mother & Child also offers takehome food for families and reuseable bags are especially helpful, with these heavier items.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

NO. 

I need a pregnancy test.  May I have this service on Client Care Day?

No. Mother & Child does not offer pregnancy testing on Client Care Days.  Please come in during our regular operating hours (not a Client Care Day) to ask for a pregnancy test.

I have never been to Mother & Child.  Can I attend Client Care Day?

Yes, if you are pregnant or parenting during early infancy (0 - 5 or 6 years)!  However, we encourage parents who have NOT been to Mother & Child before to come in on the 1st, 4th, or 5th week of the month to get to know our staff and volunteers a month prior to attending your first Client Care Day. Our regular operating hours are Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-*3pm, Sun Closed.  Come and allow yourself 30 minutes to sit and have some tea, while we hear how to best connect. Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before closing. These are also the weeks we ask you come in for pregnancy testing.  Pregnancy tests are not conducted on Client Care Day.

I Only Need Maternity Clothing or Nursing Supplies:

Come visit our Maternity Room during regular operating hours and pick out some clothing to keep you more comfortable during pregnancy.  Women who are pregnant may visit our maternity room once a month either during regularly operating hours or during a Client Care Day.

Nursing or planning to nurse?! Let us give you the "support" you need!  Moms who have been nursing 2+ weeks may drop-in anytime during regular hours (please avoid Client Care Days each 2nd Sat of the month & the Wed that follows, for Nursing Tops or Bras) and choose a couple of bras to take home. If you are pregnant and planning to nurse, give us a call and let us see how we can help, as other supplies are available & a breastfeeding workshop is offered monthly.  Mother & Child asks moms please nurse for 2 weeks prior to receiving a nursing bra(s), as it takes 2 weeks for milk to fully come in, which may affect bra size.  Don't think you're producing enough milk?  Ask about milk inducing tea, attend a Client Care Day to receive supplementary formula, or give us a call.

Client Care Day Overview:

Each month Mother & Child hosts two Client Care Days.  Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot (online registration opens the 1st of each month at 10am) to come and shop for the items they need at one Client Care Day each month. Supplies provided through Mother & Child are gently loved, donated by individuals and businesses, and shared in supplementary supply.  Mother & Child seeks to provide all families who are pregnant or parenting during early infancy (0-5 Years) with 1 bundle of Preemie-5T/6T clothing per child and 1 bundle of size NB-6 Diapers, Pull-Ups, or Cloth Diapers per child (as requested, and as available) at these events. Additionally, parents may shop for items: hats, socks, blankets, onesies, seasonal items (winter coats, swimwear, etc), baby food, formula, and larger items as available. Our Maternity Boutique is also open during Client Care Days for women who are pregnant. Women may choose up to 7 items from this room each month, during Client Care Day or our regular hours. Click Here and choose our "Client" e-mail list to receive Client Care Day reminders each month!

"Second Saturday" Client Care Day

This Client Care Day is held the Second Saturday of each month from 9:45AM-11:45am. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot for this day on the 1st of the month at 10am, when registration opens online (registration closes at 10am, 2 days before event).  Dress in layers and bring your patience as wait times vary with limited space inside. ONLY 1 PARENT may go through the center to shop (as his/her name is called) but we do invite the entire family to join on this day.  Our back parking lot is reserved entirely for this event with refreshments, a "kids corner", and educational piece geared towards the family.  If you do not have a spouse, support person, friend, or older child to watch children as you shop, they may stay with one of our assigned volunteers in the "Kids Corner" - our "safe zone" and play area for kids.  If this is not something you are comfortable with please plan for children to stay home.  Only 1 parent may shop, no children or support persons, unless child is under 1 year & breastfeeding, with mom, and held (no strollers!).

"Wednesday Following" Client Care Day

This Client Care Day is held the Wednesday after (or "following") the second Saturday of the month, from 1pm-4pm. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot for this day on the 1st of the month at 10am, when registration opens online (registration closes at 10am, 2 days before event). The Wednesday following is our smaller scale/follow-up Client Care Day without the refreshments, kid's corner, or extra educational piece. This event is especially for parents who work on Saturday, struggle with social anxiety, or were unable to attend our Client Care Day on the second Saturday for other reasons.  Due to limited space, we also ask ONLY ONE PARENT go through the center to shop on this day.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Groups and Individuals Welcome!

Help parents get basic necessities for their children 0-5 years (diapers, wipes, clothing) at Mother & Child’s Client Care Days - days families come and shop for supplies at no cost. Go to momchildpdx.volunteer.eventbrite.com to sign-up.  Client Care Days occur each second Saturday of the month, and the Wednesday that follows.  Volunteers may check-in parents, assist with shopping, fill bags, watch children, or serve food.  For a general idea of what this day looks like, watch our training video onlineIf you haven’t volunteered with us before and are interested in getting involved in any capacity, we highly suggest volunteering at Client Care Day first to meet our staff, see our space, and get a better idea of who we are & who we serve.

Help sort donations and bundle together baby outfits, supplementary wipes, & diapers by downloading our general volunteer application. We also need help in our small exterior with gardening, exterior clean up, pulling weeds, and trimming bushes.

If you are in High School needing Service Hours we welcome you to sign-up for our Client Care Days or Apply to Help Behind-the-Scenes with donations.

Sign-Up to Coordinate or offer Day-of-Assistance with Special Events at momchildpdx.volunteer.eventbrite.com. Mother & Child hosts numerous events throughout the year – both for fundraising and family support - and would love your help! Examples include: Client Care Days, Silent Auction, RunMamaRun 5k/10k, Pop-Up Dinner, Giving Tuesday, Holiday Cheer & Cheese (see our events tab for details on events). If you are a business owner or have a craft, timeshare, or other item to donate, we are always looking for sponsorships/donations! Mother & Child works to create a sponsorship that best promotes you, while supporting parents and children in our community.

Looking for an Internship?

E-mail an Intern Application with cover letter or resume, and Apply to Complete Your Internship with Us! Speak a second language? Bonus! Skills may include: quiet conversation, trauma awareness, empathy, follow-up calls, connecting parents to supplies and local resources, working with at-risk populations, understanding other cultures. Training provided. Graphic/web design & videography projects available.

Want to Further our Mission, Strategies, and Goals?

Read Board Member requirements.

Be a Community Connector

Coordinate a “Campaign for Change” for your faith community, community group, class, or business by distributing sippy cups to individuals to take home to fill with donations. Typically groups fill bottles with donations for 3-weeks, while an event or business might “host” a large bottle at their reception/checkout/desk. Group leads return bottles to MCEC at an agreed upon time.