Like every MWC story, ours starts with the simple act of loving someone.
Problem Challenge: “Currently, there are 12 million widows in the U.S., 245 million widows globally and about 585 million children who are directly affected. Widows from across the globe have been historically undervalued, stigmatized, isolated and deemed voiceless socially, economically, emotionally, and spiritually. Modern Widows Club is committed to being advocates to give widows a voice, enable and empower them to move forward and become vital members of society once again able to thrive”.
Mission Statement: “We serve to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and release their potential to make a positive difference in the world”.
As a women becomes newly widowed, she steps into the on going process of defining a new (and unwanted) self-identity without her partner. This reality is further heightened when she finds herself in a time-space quandary. For her, time has stood still, for the world at large, it has continued. It does not take long for her self-conscious awareness to reveal that these life circumstances cause a sudden and forever change. This internal and external change causes her to seek and find others by way of ‘resocialization’, otherwise known as ‘finding her tribe.’
When she joins a new group, she will take on new norms, values and behaviors of that created ‘environment.’ This is why the positive approach we foster at MWC is vitally important in her healing and self actualization process. We meet her right where she’s at. Her first few steps will set the future trajectory for her ‘new me’ life. At MWC, we equally recognize and respect all our differences as an interfaith, multi-generational nonprofit. Our shared values and focus on unconditional love are what makes us stand out and highly effective in building greater communities.
At MWC we are interested in research based analysis, empirical investigations and surveys, conversations about subcultures, sociology, stigma and ‘dependency culture’ studies as well as positive psychology, ethnomethodology, physiologic effects of grief, the gender gap, meaning making, Maslow’s hierarcy of needs (8 levels), emotional intelligence, pain to purpose resilience building, metanoia, adrenal fatigue, thanatology, neuroscience, compassion, trust, vulnerability, justice and spirituality.
These assist us in serving both our problem challenge and mission statement from the inside out. We serve a myriad of social needs for widows and we also raise awareness through advocacy to bring understanding.
As one MWC widow said, “I actually had no idea about how life altering becoming a widow was until I found myself becoming one. In one breathe, everything I believed about myself disappeared. I went from being seen as a married woman to being known only as a grieving widow. The impact is indescribable. I needed to find others who understood this and ask a lot of safe and confidential questions”.
Women come into widowhood with different challenges; disadvantages and advantages. They need help in trusting again, reducing fears on every level about a changing world and continual encouragment with re-defining themselves. At MWC, they are able to face their future in a nonjudgemental, tender, compassionate, safe and nurturing space with others who have their highest intention in mind. To do that, we need to challenge boundaries and structures, develop wide-spread commuity partnerships, raise awareness of vulnerabilities, to give empathy with limitations, and forge a livable path to generate solid, positive changes for these women. Finding role models and positive communities is the catalyst that sparks her transformative journey. Seeing is believing.
We hope to serve as a bridge of understanding, comfort, compassion and positive change between a widow and society at large.
- August – Two widows meet; one is in her 40′s and 10 years into her widowed journey, another in her 20′s and widowed less than one year. They find out they have so much in common and can enrich each others life by being present and moving forward together– feeling less alone in their journey.
- January - Carolyn Moor launched Modern Widows Club by welcoming 2 ladies into her home in central Florida.
- April – MWC Website launched- Funded by an Indiegogo crowdfunding project.
- May – Modern Widows Club is granted their trademarked with U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
- August – Kansas City, MO: Our 2cd Chapter founded by Leader Jodie Rodenbaugh.
- 2011 – Social media online community begins to grow with Facebook reaching 600 followers.
- January – Third chapter launched in Seattle.
- January – MWC sends Mission Legos to Kenya Africa for widows/ orphans sponsored by our community.
- 2012- Facebook grows to 1200 followers.
- 2012 – Like minded widows attended 12 + social events, 250 widows meet and bond with each other during ‘Social Hour’.
- January – North Atlanta and Minneapolis West chapters are launched.
- February – 1st Annual Valentine’s Day Sky Lantern Launch in Orlando is a success.
- March – MWC First Facebook ‘Private Convo Space’ launches.
- December – MWC donors built 4 African Widow Homes outside of Kenya, send more Mission Legos boxes and make Christmas Dinner happen for 70 widows & their fatherless children at Wagoma Widow and Orphan Centre.
- December – MWC 1st Annual ‘Secret Santa’ widow to widow gift exchange is a success with 73 signups from 3 countries.
- December – Orlando, FL: Our 1st Fundraiser ‘Rummage Sale’ was a success. To raise money to file our 501c3.
- 2013- Facebook grows to 2100 followers.
- February- Carolyn Moor is invited to speak at Pecha Kucha Orlando and OWN Network ‘Help Desk’ Coming Fall 2014 w/ Rob Bell
- February – Nonprofit Paperwork filed with IRS for 501c3.
- February – Official MWC Membership is launched. Mentoring emails received every Thursday from MWC Founder.
- June – 1st Annual MWC Chapter Leaders Conference and Retreat in Sedona, AZ; 8 attendees
- July – Janesville, WI and Houston, TX chapters launch.
- September – First widow’s nonprofit merge between MWC and The Widow’s Journey in Dallas, TX September – Houston, TX Chapter launched September – Founder Carolyn Moor meets 15 ladies ready to launch the first NYC Chapter/ Long Island
- September – Launch MWC Blog with an optional tip jar.
- October – Featured in Orange Appeal Magazine, Central FL Lifestyle and 2014 Orlando Women’s Conference
- October – University of Central FL selected MWC as their case study for M.A. students earning and studying for their Nonprofit Management and Administration and Grant Writing degree for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters. We are honored to learn from the best.
- 2014 – 1100 Official National Memberships in the MWC, 100′s of widows attend Social Hours at our 9 national chapters monthly.
- 2014 – MWC members remarry, gain new careers, go back to college, launch initiatives, fundraise, become advocates and beyond.
- 2015 – MWC Membership hits 3000+ Members
- 2015 – MWC Facebook hits 12,000+ followers
- 2015 – MWC Twitter hits 2100+ followers
- April – Negotiations continue for a potential inspirational TV Show with LA based filmmakers and producers
- April – Negotiations with NYC based Dystel & Goderich Literary Management precede over an inspiring book based on MWC
- June- 2nd Annual Leaders Conference and Retreat and Sedona Social Hour (for the public); 14 attendees
- August – Mentioned on The Diane Rehm Show, Washington D.C.
- August – Participated in an academic journal survey sent to 2400+ widows in our database where 1100+ widows responded and completed the form. Analysis and academic publication to be revealed early 2016.
- September – Board of Directors elected, along with the beginning of Advisory Board and Ambassadors at Large.
- September – 150 chapter requests on the wait list.
- October- #OneMillionWidows Social Media Campaign Launch - See Video.
- November- 3rd Annual Online Widow-to-Widow Gift Exchange (international)
- December- #GivingTuesday Campaign
- Jan/February Feature in Lake Mary Life Magazine (Central FL) Feature PG.30, on BOD Cassie Yde & Modern Widows Club #OneMillionWidows social awareness campaign.
- January Issue of Journal of Financial Service Professionals ‘Widows’ Financial Feelings’ peer reviewed academic article. The Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) is over 80 years old with approximately 11,000 members in 150 Chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Singapore. It was founded in 1928 by the first graduates of The American College. We are honored to be the first widow research population to have 1,100 widows respond to a national survey on ‘Widows’ Financial Feelings’. This article and its findings will begin to inform a larger demographic of individuals on the actual needs of widows financially. Social change and betterment is the goal.
- Future International Chapter: Alberta, Canada.
- We’ve interviewed and approved 10 new chapter leaders to launch in the first quarter of 2016.
- Chapter Requests are coming as far as Nepal, Kenya, Singapore, Zurich, London, New Zealand, Alaska. We’ve added these to our Wait List.
- Modern Widows Club is officially listed with Central Florida Foundation in #Orlando #Florida as a #Nonprofit empowering local #Widows (finally!!) heart emoticonNow, we hope to accept more grants, individual donations and foundation connections. #Celebrate
4 months of steady determination!!!
To Be Continued……..