Great Start hosts volunteer drop-in, distributes Baby Bundles

Earlier in November, the Great Start Collaborative hosted its second drop-in volunteer day and it was another smashing hit in terms of new faces and generous volunteers, according to GSC Director Savanah Cool. 

“Additionally, we created new partnerships with child welfare agencies, providing them each a set of 15 unique Talking is Teaching Baby Bundles featuring a different theme, talking prompts, books, toys, and more,” said Cool. “These bundles were an expansion on Megan Goedge’s bundles she created at Petoskey Public Library.” 

At the end of the day the following organizations received the kits for use with the populations they serve via child welfare programs: Charlevoix/Emmet MDHHS, Antrim County MDHHS, Wellspring Lutheran Services, Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan, and Northern Family Intervention Services. Staff at these agencies will use these bundles to engage with birth parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and caregivers of children zero to two to explain the importance of talking, reading, and singing, and the adults will be able to use these with the children during parenting time visits, home visits, or via a lending library program for foster and adoptive parents. 

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