Commitment to Fatherhood and Giving Back
Dealing with the financial, emotional and structural obstacles presented by the covid-19 pandemic has not been easy. For people with children or anyone running a business, the pandemic has been extra challenging. For Travis, it also offered an opportunity for self-improvement and to give back to his community.
Travis and his wife run a catering business in Austin. In the summer of 2020, when events were scarce and caterers and restaurants were losing business, he volunteered to prepare and donate meals for distribution to our clients. Through this introduction, he learned about Any Baby Can’s programs and services.
Brushing Up on Fatherhood
A father of three kids himself, and a busy dad, he enrolled in our fatherhood classes which are designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to dads and father figures. The class also hosts single moms who often must serve multiple roles in the household.
“I felt like it was time to brush up on my dad skills. The teacher created a safe space where we all felt comfortable sharing and learning from one another,” says Travis.
The classes made an impact on Travis and how he approaches parenting. They gave him the refresher he was looking for, a way to re-center his parenting, and a chance to learn from other parents in a way that he hadn’t experienced before.
“Everyone showing up and participating. Everyone from all different walks of life. But we all had a common bond: kids. It was very inspiring, and I learned a lot from the other parents in the room,” says Travis
Pledge to Volunteer
After taking the parenting classes, Travis also vowed to volunteer more in his community and give back on a more regular basis. He’s been connected to some administrative volunteer tasks that are supporting Any Baby Can in immeasurable ways.
“I have such a respect for the organization. My kids are watching. It’s important for me to break the ice, to make the first move and get them involved. And that leads to a lifetime of community service.”
Parenting classes are free and available to anyone raising a child! It’s never too late to re-commit to your role as a parent and improve your skills. You won’t regret the time you’ve invested.
Get Involved; It’s Easy!
If you’re looking to get involved with volunteering at Any Baby Can, there are a variety of meaningful opportunities throughout the year. Whether you’re crafty or good with spreadsheets, whether you have one day to give or want to contribute regularly, find ways to contribute to this amazing community we share.
We offer a variety of classes to guide parents through the journey of parenthood.
Volunteers are an integral part of our success, and there are many ways to get involved!
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