I had the privilege of photographing a More Than Milk event at Bubbles Academy to celebrate Mother’s Day. They hold this event each year and invite the moms and children from the Night Ministry to come and enjoy good food, entertainment with a children’s performer, and photography.
I’m so impressed with what Amy Cahill created with More than Milk. She’s making a difference in Chicago, one mom and child at a time. More than Milk supports local charities through volunteer projects, awareness-building & fundraising events.
Amy Cahill took the time to share with me her inspiration for More than Milk, as well as the impact it’s having around the community:
“My first son didn’t sleep…so I spent hours in the middle of the night thinking about my new role as a mom. Also, in caring for my newborn, I felt like my life was out of balance. I wanted an opportunity for continued personal growth and also felt very motivated to make the world a better place for my son. Now that my son is 4, I really want him to see the value of being kind and helping others. So while up with my son in the middle of the night, I came up with the idea for More Than Milk, typed ideas into my phone, and the organization was born.
More Than Milk is unleashing a talented and compassionate population of volunteers, building family cultures of giving back, and making a difference one energetic mom and tireless toddler at a time. We have completed over 90 volunteer & awareness-building projects, have engaged over 700 moms (and dads) and their kids, and have served over 20 local charities. 2014 ended with a Crafts for a Cause project engaging over 50 families in making crafts for local shelters and seniors and our holiday gift drive collected over 1000 gifts for women and children.
In addition to serving charitable organizations, we serve moms and families. Becoming a mom is one of life’s greatest joys, yet it can also come with feelings of isolation and struggles with self-identity. Philanthropy is a perfect way to uplift moms as they use their talents, meet other moms, find personal growth, and teach the next generation about the power of helping others. I am most proud of More Than Milk when I see 4 year-olds, who started attending projects as babies, truly grasp the idea of helping others. Its the little moments that make the biggest impact.”
Thank you Amy! You’re a true inspiration. Please visit More than Milk to find out how you can get involved with your family.