By Audrey Guth
Who is your target audience? Mothers on their cancer journey with children 12 and under – currently Canada, but seeking to expand to the US in the near future
What is your mission? To provide free, in-home childcare for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer, for those requiring palliative care, and for families requiring additional relief during the bereavement period.
How do you make it happen? We recruit, screen and train child care professionals for this crucial volunteer service to families on their cancer journey.
Tell us about the history of your organization. Audrey Guth, mother of four and the President of Diamond Personnel (Canada’s Premier Nanny Agency), was astonished at the number of young mothers sitting beside her during cancer treatments. As the owner of a nanny agency, she knew cancer centers were not places for children. Because of this, Guth started Nanny Angel Network in 2008, which offers free in-home childcare for mothers who are battling cancer. Now cancer free, Audrey has opened the eyes of many by revealing this need to the world.
Audrey’s volunteer army of professional childcare experts has offered structure and compassion to more than 300 moms and children across the Greater Toronto area. More recently, Guth has expanded her charity to include services for families requiring end-of-life and bereavement care. Her goal is to give peace of mind so that mothers can know their children are in good hands during their difficult journey, and that no mother should have to take this journey alone.
What are your top 3 priorities?
1) To provide peace of mind to mothers with cancer so that they can attend medical appointments or get the rest they need to recover
2)To create more awareness about our Network to the women that most need this service
3) To connect with organizations that share our passion and commitment for families facing cancer, and invite them to partner with us.
How is your organization unique? We were created by a cancer patient; our Founder, Audrey, realized that no such service existed anywhere yet was needed everywhere. Any mother diagnosed with cancer reports that child care is their number one concern.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years? We will be in several countries, and will be helping thousands of families in those locations.
How do you partner with other organizations? We enjoy connecting and referring our families to various other service organizations, specifically those who lend support to those with specific needs. We rely on other organizations to promote the free childcare services of Nanny Angel Network
How can people get involved? We need volunteers at all commitment levels. We need help with office duties, volunteer coordination, community outreach, and of course, Nanny Angels! Our in-home angels are thoroughly screened before approval, due to the sensitive nature of the needs they will provide. Please visit NannyAngelNetwork.com to see our list of open volunteer positions. Three types of Angels from website
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