Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to join Rochester Area Moms?
We welcome working mothers and stay-at home mothers, mothers of teenagers and mothers-to-be, single mothers, adoptive mothers, grandparents, nannies, etc.- basically, all caregivers of children!
Who is in charge of the group?
As we are a volunteer-run organization, each member also has the opportunity to be involved in planning events and shaping the direction of our chapter. Volunteering is a great way to meet other mothers, get involved in our community, and to develop new skills! Volunteer positions that we have available include but are not limited to:
Publicity and Website
What makes Rochester Area Moms different from other "moms' groups"?
We focus on mom as a whole person. While we have many activities for children and families, we also provide an opportunity for mothers to focus on themselves and their needs/interests outside of their care giving roles.
We recognize that mothers need lasting, meaningful connections with each other that will last beyond infancy and the toddler years and promote that through our different events for moms to connect with other moms over different engaging topics to develop deeper connections.
We provide an extended community of women who are supporting each other through the changes and challenges that affect mothers' lives.
We believe in the value of all the work mothers do. As a result, whether you're juggling the demands of paid work and family care, being a full-time caregiver at home, or making a transition between the two, you will find support in our group.
Where are you located?
We are located in Rochesters, Minnesota.
Do I have to attend all meetings to remain a member?
Members aren't required to attend all events or even a certain number of events per month or year. You are free to participate in whatever fits your needs. We have some members you are active on our private Facebook page but rarely make it to events. Others can only attend evening meetings, or activities with children during the day. We are happy to have you as a members no matter how you choose to participate.
Are children allowed at events?
Children are welcome at playgroups and kids/family activities. However, because we encourage our members to view evening discussion meetings as opportunities to focus on themselves as individuals, apart from the demands of family, children (over the age of 6 monts) may not attend these meetings. For some mothers, this is a rare opportunity to spend time socializing away from home without children.
We welcome infants under the age of 6 months at these discussion meetings to meet the special needs of mothers with infants.
I work full-time outside the home. Will there be events that I can attend?
Yes! We offer a number of events and activities in the evening to accommodate the schedules of working moms.
Can another family member (spouse, grandparent) or nanny take my child(ren) to playgroups/kids' activties in my place?
Playgroups/kids' activities are open to Rochester Area Moms members and any child(ren) in their care. Therefore, a spouse/grandparent/nanny would have to have his/her own membership to bring your children to events if you are not present.
How much does an annual membertship cost?
An annual membeship is $30. Online registration is required for new and renewing memberships. Join us! Membership dues are used to maintain our non-profit status, website, philanthropy to give back to our community, and member only events.
Can I try out the group before I decide to join?
Yes! Prospective members are welcome to attend up to two public events before deciding to join.