Foundation News

Organization Receives Grant from Blackbaud

Postpartum Support Charleston has received a Reward Your Passion Grant from Blackbaud, developer of software and services for nonprofits. Through the company’s Reward Your Passion program, grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations in honor of employees’ service to causes they care about.  The employee applies for a grant on behalf of the organization and the grants are awarded based on their passion and commitment to the organization. PSC was one of 16 organizations awarded a grant during the second quarter of 2014.

Thank you to Blackbaud employee and new PSC board member Greg DeaKyne for his help in securing this grant.

We're Growing ... And We Need Help

dice workOur organization has really grown over the last three years and our goal is to do even more outreach in the local community. Right now the work done by Postpartum Support Charleston is all thanks to some pretty awesome volunteers. But we could use more help in our efforts. So, we're hiring! We're looking for one or two individuals who would like to work a few hours a week with our organization. Take a look at the job descriptions below and contact us if you're interested in applying. And please share this info with others. Job Posting – Postpartum Support Charleston

Postpartum Support Charleston is seeking an independent contractor to assist with organization tasks and administrative duties. Tasks would include contacting Charleston area doctors’ offices and to provide materials and information and/or set up meetings; coordinating speaking engagements for PSC board members; researching community events; researching grants; and general administrative tasks. Payment would be issued upon successful completion of each assigned project.

Interested candidates should have good written and verbal communications skills, be organized and self-motivated. Grant writing is a plus but not a requirement. The person hired for this position would be an independent contractor responsible for own equipment, workspace and expenses. May work at home but would be expected to attend monthly Postpartum Support Charleston board meetings.

Please send cover letter and resume to contact@ppdsupport.org.

Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country.

Job Posting – Mom’s Run + Family Fun Day

Postpartum Support Charleston is seeking an independent contractor to assist with the 11th annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day. This annual event is the organization’s largest fundraiser and will take place on May 10, 2014. The 2013 event attracted more than 400 participants.

Tasks would include assisting with event sponsorships and exhibitors, event details and paperwork, promotions, communication and public relations and other general administrative and event planning tasks. Payment would be issued upon successful completion of each assigned project during the Moms’ Run planning process. Event planning begins in October 2013 but would be most active beginning in January 2014.

Interested candidates should have good written and verbal communications skills, be organized and self-motivated. Experience with event planning is a plus but not a requirement. The person hired for this position would be an independent contractor responsible for own equipment, workspace and expenses. May work at home but would be expected to attend regular event committee planning meetings.

Please send cover letter and resume to contact@ppdsupport.org.

Postpartum Support Charleston is dedicated to educating and supporting mothers and their families, the medical community and the general public about the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, available treatment options and community resources. We strive to increase awareness, inspire support and break the stigma of this widespread and often misunderstood illness both in our local community and across the country.

What’s in a Name?

It’s been a big year for our foundation. We had our biggest ever Moms’ Run in May with more than 300 runners and some amazing sponsors and volunteers. We launched a support group for new moms in addition to our monthly postpartum depression support group. We have more volunteers and board members and we’re participating in more community events so more people are aware of the work we’re doing. As we grown as an organization this year, we’ve taken a fresh look at our structure and our marketing. As a result, we’re changing our “doing business as” name to Postpartum Support Charleston. We’ll continue to have the parent organization, the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation, so are honoring Ruth’s memory and her family. You’ll start to see Postpartum Support Charleston used in our branding and marketing. This is not only a shorter organization name and therefore easier for people to remember but also broadens the scope of our work. We want to help new mothers – those who need to simply make connections with other moms and those who are struggling with postpartum depression.

PPD support and services will remain the core of our mission but we know many women are hesitant to admit their struggles with PPD and by offering more services for new moms we believe we can help even more women with PPD.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to an even bigger and better 2013! If you have questions about our organization, our services or how you can get involved, please email board president Holly Fisher at contact@ppdsupport.org.

New Mom Support Group Resumes

If we believe the books, movies and websites, babies are all swaddled bundles of joy leaving new moms swooning. But new moms know after the swooning, there's the lack of sleep, showers and sanity. No full-time job is as demanding as caring for a newborn, especially if it’s the first one. Moms have tons of questions about their babies and themselves. That’s where Moving Into Motherhood can help. Hosted by the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation, Moving Into Motherhood offers support and education for new moms as well as a chance for moms to simply connect with other women going through the same life-changing experience of motherhood.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Trident Medical Center, 9228 Medical Plaza Drive in North Charleston (2nd floor classroom).

The group is free but donations to the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation are welcomed and appreciated. For questions, email contact@ppdsupport.org.

Selecting the Right Energy Gels

We are so excited to welcome Holly Ortlund to the Moms' Run this year as a guest runner. Holly is also going to be conducting a runners' clinic on the topic of energy gels.

Runners’ Clinic: Selecting the Right Energy Gels

6-7 p.m. Friday, May 11 at TrySports, 1903 Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant

This free clinic is being held in conjunction with race packet pickup for the ninth annual Moms’ Run May 12 on Daniel Island.

Speaker: Holly Ortlund of EnergyGelCentral.com, a website that provides reviews, comparisons and information on energy gels. Ortlund has degrees in exercise physiology and biology. She spent eight years as the director of research and development for a small sports nutrition startup where she formulated the gels and flavors.

Ortlund, who lives in Decatur, Ga., runs about 40 miles a week and competes in races once or twice a month. In 2011, she placed first overall in the Georgia State Trail Running Championships, Big Peach 5K, Heart & Soles 5K and the Cantrell Center 5K. She also placed first with a time of 17:59 in the 2010 Atlanta Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K.