TAYLOR COUNTY—Calling all moms! Your input is needed and wanted during a new listening tour.
MomsRising.org and Rattle The Windows have partnered up to launch a West Virginia listening tour geared to women, allowing a space for ladies to come together to talk about issues, including paid leave and childcare.
“The purpose of this listening tour is to first give women a chance to come together to have a nice, fun and relaxed time,” shared organizer Amy Jo Hutchison. “The other reason that we’re doing this is because women need a place where they can be heard, and where they can be honest and understood about the struggles of raising a family here in West Virginia.”
The forum will allow for ideas to be shared about how those specific issues can be addressed to better suit families in the Mountain State.
The listening tour titled, There’s No Place Like Home, will have a Wizard of Oz theme and will boast a light meal and activities for children, to better serve the moms who attend.
“You can even have your picture taken with the Scarecrow and Dorothy,” Hutchinson revealed.
The tour will make its way around West Virginia throughout the month of October, hitting areas such as Parkersburg, Huntington and Wheeling.
Hutchinson has teamed up with Lisa Wotring from Taylor County Family Resources to kick off the tour right here in Taylor County, and they want to hear from local moms.
Join the There’s No Place Like Home Women’s Listening Tour on Thursday, September 29, at the Flemington United Methodist Church, located on WV Route 76, in Flemington, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“We want to hear from women about what they encounter when juggling work and family and their thoughts on what would help,” Hutchinson expressed. “These sessions are non-partisan, meaning we will focus on the issues and not political party, and have a discussion that allows us to see that we have more in common than not when it comes to what we need for our families to thrive.”
All moms who would like to have their voices heard in an effort to have concerns met are encouraged and invited to attend.
Those wishing to attend are asked to please call Wotring at Taylor County Family Resources at 304-265-6838 to RSVP for the event.
“We are super excited for this event, and we hope that you will join us,” Hutchinson voiced. “Come share your voices!”