Your Local MWC Chapters
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S. Illinois – Coming January 2018
Seattle – East and West
South Central/South Eastern Wisconsin
Start Your Own Licensed MWC Chapter
Launching your own chapter is the beginning of a heroic path. It’s an opportunity to rally together and mentor widows community-wide. It’s the connection point. Are you ready?
MWC was founded in 2011 in this same way. Our dreams as a mentoring organization began with one humble step, one evening in Orlando, Florida. Since then, we have continued to expand towards our ultimate goal– connecting widows all over the world finding their kindred sisters who understand, educate, mentor and care deeply for each other. Together we change the collective consciousness in this widowed experience. We see you as secret heroes and graceful warriors.
The Licensed MWC Chapter Structure:
Each chapter consists of a Team: One Chapter Leader and 1-2 Co-leaders.
- Chapter Leader must be beyond her 2 year Angel-versary. Co-Leaders beyond 1 yr.
- All team members must have official MWC Memberships
- 1 yr. Commitment Required
What MWC Chapters Receive?
- MWC License to use legal Trademarked Name and Logo
- MWC Chapter Webpage
- MWC Social Hour Protocol Materials
- MWC FB Local Private Page to connect/ talk
- MWC FB Private Page with other national Chapter Teams (So many ideas happen here!!)
- MWC 250 Cards with Trademarked Logo/ yr
- MWC Monthly Inspirational Video for sharing at Chapter Social Hour
- MWC Personal 1:1 Training/ Support from MWC Founder
- MWC Personalized Webmail Address for Leader- Example: email@example.com
- MWC Invitation to the Annual “Leadership Conference & Retreat” (2017 Orlando FL, 2016 Seattle WA, 2014-15 Sedona AZ)
- MWC Press Release Template and Social Media Blasts
- MWC MOU and Insurance
- MWC Licensing to use MWC’s Trademarked Name
MWC Investment: Chapter Fee
$1000 Annually – Tax Deductible: Your chapter fee goes towards organization and trademark license, insurance, web page set-up, name cards, email and annual leadership conference. This may be paid via:
- Community Fundraising or Sponsorship
- Personally split between leadership team members
- In-Kind Donation from friends, family, organization, corporation or church
We have seen all of these scenarios. Why? So many communities want a widows outreach, but they don’t know how to launch, maintain and support! Example: Houston, West Minneapolis and North Atlanta Chapters approached their churches and they provided the chapter fee since they longed for a widow’s outreach. Another example: Seattle Chapter had to wait over a year since the chapter leader was newly widowed and not at the 2 year mark. We mentored her long distance until she was ready. Currently, all of these chapters have extraordinary, very connected sisterhoods that serve their community of widows. Seattle is so large it has recently split into two areas of the city. We currently have 9 well established chapters, yet, since 2011 we’ve received over 150 community requests. Finding committed widow leaders and dedicated teams is our biggest challenge. We are here to educate, train, mentor and support that choice if you are a widow hoping to serve others.
MWC Licensed Chapter Request Form:
Read our ‘Become a Chapter’ Page. Submit your Chapter Request if this sounds like YOU! Include:
We will set up the initial interview after receiving this email.
Your first phone interview will happen once scheduled with MWC Chapter Coordinator.
MWC Founder Carolyn Moor will interview you personally in this second stage of the interview process.
You will be notified personally by MWC Founder Carolyn Moor after the MWC Board of Directors review. A ‘Yes’ or ‘Not Now’ wait status will be determined. If ‘Yes’, the Set-Up process begins, if ‘Not Now’ we invite you to our MWC Club Membership for further mentoring online until the timing is right.
“We believe that if you have a heart for widows, you will become a Chapter Leader, but it’s up to us to determine if you are ready for this commitment.”
Where we meet:
Homes, community centers, work-spaces, and faith-based facilities. Any place that is free of charge, private and welcoming. A friendly and trustworthy ambiance is important. A new chapter may form if outside a 25-30 mile radius. Many large cities will have several chapters.
When we meet:
Locations vary from chapter to chapter with an emphasis on each chapter leader’s abilities and accessibility. A minimum of once a month. Leader’s commit to the same location and same time for one calendar year. This consistency has proven to reduce anxiety for our community.
We partner with:
Grief organizations, counseling organizations, Hospice, faith-based organizations, service organizations, food donation services, health- based organizations, financial advisors and education-based organizations. We want our ladies to have access to resources they need from each hometown. Ask our Chapter Leaders to come speak at your next gathering about women’s issues!
Who attends MWC?:
Women of all ages with deceased partners or spouses. We embrace all faiths, cultures, backgrounds, including same-sex partners in their healing journey in a positive, understanding environment. Legal marriages, engagements, significant others and domestic partners. At MWC, everything we do stems from the core belief that in order to heal in our pain and grief, we must first be loved, understood and accepted wholeheartedly and completely. If you have lost the person you love and want a nonjudgemental, understanding sisterhood…. you belong here. We gain wisdom from our unique differences, diversity, and experiences. Come as you are.
Why is Modern Widows Club Needed?
According to the 2011 U.S Census Bureau and Vital Statistics, there are nearly over 15 million widows in the United States. Only 4 million of these are under the age of 65. The average age is 59.6. These women may be struggling with careers, child rearing, finances, maintaining a home and balancing major responsibilities. Losing a spouse is the #1 stressful life event according to the Holmes & Rahe Social Readjustment Stree Scale at 100%. To prevent serious illness, we believe creating inspiring communities, dedicated advocates and empowering role models and mentors is a viable solution to learning resilience and leaning into this new life of rebuilding the self. When this happens, women discover their pain has a higher purpose and they discover they can make a real difference in the world by giving back.
Losing a loved one is a complicated mix of circumstances and is emotionally devastating–a complete life shift with many unknown factors as to the widow’s future peace of mind and survival. If only 1% of the U.S. widows found an inspiring community and empowerment, the isolation and struggle would be reduced drastically for current and future widows.
Mentoring and accessing an empowering community is a proven way of bringing stability, guidance, and therefore, happiness into one’s life. We have chapters nationally and happy to share our many testimonies (a book is in process). Take a look at the photos on this website, FB, Twitter pages and look into their eyes. Every woman you see on these pages are real MWC widows along this journey with you. Every widow should have someone to turn to. Join our movement.
- We are mentored and given guidance by The Mentoring Project. We highly respect their approach and outreach. Dr. John Sowers wrote the book ‘Fatherless Generation’ and the ‘Heroic Path’.
- We admire Dr. Alan Wolfelt, a grief educator, at the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Ft. Collins, CO.
- We are also in partnership with Both Hands Foundation to serve orphans and widows doing service projects.
No local chapter yet?
Join online for your own MWC Membership:
By partnering with Modern Widows Club within an Official MWC Cub Membership,you receive relevant, modern, up-to-date information and videos EVERY THURSDAY from our MWC Founder. Find education and inspiration to live your highest potential. Be ready to LOOK at your life. Become mindful, aware and connected, as you move forward, we’ll encourage you to reach back as well.
Why partner with MWC to start your hometown Chapter vs. Your Own?
We’ve reduced your need for start up-costs by building organizational infrastructures such as technology, contact management, survey’s, financial systems, mentoring tools, leadership and legal liability associated with creating a SOLO widows organization. In our research with US Secretary of State records, 80% of widows organizations become INACTIVE within 7 yrs from launch. No one plans to fail, we simply fail to plan! We plan for longevity.
This is just more fun with girlfriends on the same page committed with longevity in mind!
Believe us when we say this ~ Starting a brand new organization is NOT for the faint-hearted. It’s a lot of hard work and commitment to bring a dream of serving to fruition. But, you don’t have to start anew because we already did! Become a Chapter and get started. MWC has solid organizational and technology infrastructures already developed to create extraordinary chapter leaders who create positive, trusting and nurturing relationships from day one.
Oh, and we have a whole lot of fun living and laughing within this club we never expected to join, but here we are together moving forward and reaching back.