MOMS Club of Yelm Stays Busy With Service Projects

By Brandon Hansen / For The Nisqually Valley News
Posted 11/22/22

The MOMS Club of Yelm has experienced a busy year as they have helped provide services to the community through their nonprofit organization. 

The local club is a chapter of a larger …

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MOMS Club of Yelm Stays Busy With Service Projects

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The MOMS Club of Yelm has experienced a busy year as they have helped provide services to the community through their nonprofit organization. 

The local club is a chapter of a larger organization called MOMS Club International, which stands for “Moms Offering Moms Support.” The Yelm chapter was created to support mothers, families and the communities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Roy, McKenna and Eatonville.

“As a club, we help families and individuals in our community by hosting and participating in meal trains, diaper and wipe drives, food drives, school supply drives, donating money to mothers in need, caring for the Yelm community garden, helping local families during the holiday season, and building free little libraries throughout the community,” MOMS Club of Yelm President Laura Bourland said. “We are proud to give back to our local community while involving our children in the myriad of service projects we have engaged in over the years.”

Along with service projects, the MOMS Club of Yelm also gets together for playdates, moms night out and family day out events, brunch outings and field trips. 

In September, the group donated school supplies to Yelm Community Schools, the Tenino and Rainier school districts, and Roy and Eatonville elementary schools. Members budgeted $60 apiece for their annual school supply drive and many members donated extra supplies to the drive. 

The MOMS Club of Yelm is also currently holding a food drive to provide Thanksgiving meals to McKenna Elementary School families and 50-plus senior citizens through the Tenino Food Bank. 

“The food drive is going great. As a club, we budgeted $80 for our Thanksgiving food drive,” Bourland said. “We collected additional donations at our November member meeting. Many of our members are taking advantage of store promotions to get a free turkey or a whole Thanksgiving meal to donate as well.”

The MOMS Club has also partnered with Combat Cookies, which bakes and ships fresh cookies to U.S. military members who are deployed overseas.

“Many of our MOMS Club families are military or know someone who is,” Bourland said. “For Veterans Day this year, we chose to partner with Combat Cookies and make handmade cards for them to include in their cookie boxes. Our kids and moms made colorful cards to help brighten the days of military members currently deployed overseas.”



The club is involved in another holiday project as they work with Yelm Community Schools to collect the names of students in need of clothing, school supplies and toys. 

“As a club, we’ll be ‘adopting’ as many students as we can,” Bourland said. “We will also be participating in the wrapping party to get all the gifts wrapped.”

To add to their busy schedule, the local chapter has helped organize volunteers who will work at the Yelm Lions Club Christmas Store and have also helped the Stone City by donating a free little library and playground equipment for improvements underway at Tenino City Park. 

This isn’t the first city park they’ve helped out with as they recently installed a free little library at Cochrane Memorial Park. They hope to install others in McKenna, Roy, Eatonville and Tenino. 

“Most of our events take place on weekdays, but we do get together on weekends to attend local events like Christmas in the Park, Jazz in the Park, Oregon Trail Days, etc.,” Bourland said. “Kids of all ages are always welcome at all of our events, service projects, and meetings except our monthly moms night out.”

Those hoping to join the MOMS group can attend their monthly meetings at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 and Jan. 10 at the Yelm Lions Club. The club also hosts meet and greets at local parks about once a month. Their next one will be in January. 

MOMS Club International was founded for at-home mothers but also includes working moms.  

Members pay $30 a year to be part of the club, with those dues going to fund service projects throughout the year. 

Anyone who wants to donate to the MOMS group can email yelmmomsclubboard@gmail.com or can message them on their “Moms Club of Yelm” Facebook page.

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