Three Cheers for our Volunteers: the VBEs in Training

National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to introduce the two soon-to-be members of our VBE team: Stacy Raite and Kerry Ann Beal are currently in training to be VBEs!

Stacy has been involved with BWI of Central NJ since the summer of 2013 and is excited to help spread the babywearing love as a VBE. Stacy’s an avid wrapper and credits her babywearing success on finding the chapter.
Current go-to carrier: Wraps! Base minus 2 is my go-to.
Dream carrier: One I currently have – monochrome with a galaxy dye in place of the nati fibers or, if a black and white version of the literary wrap I fell for is released, that dyed rainbow grad  for a Reading Rainbow carrier!
Best babywearing advice she’s gotten: Don’t give up and keep asking questions until you are wearing comfortably, safely, and confidently!

 

 

Kerry has been attending BWI of Central NJ meetings since the summer of 2014. She found babywearing to be a lifesaver and is looking forward to pass on her knowledge to help other caregivers fall in love with babywearing, too.
Current go-to carrier: It would be a tie between my toddler Tula and my wrap conversion Kanga XP.
Dream carrier: My dream has been my own custom wrap converted carrier which I recently just received. It’s a Cari Slings Mithril wrap converted to a Bloo Kangaroo XP SSC.
Best babywearing advice she’s gotten: Make sure to wear your hair up high since little toddlers love to pull at it when doing a back carry!

 

You’ve probably seen Kerry and Stacy helping out at meetings – soon you’ll see them teaching, too! We’re so excited that they’ll soon be official  members of the BWI of Central NJ leadership team. Join us in wishing them luck as they finish up their VBE assessments!

Three Cheers for our Volunteers: the VBEs

It’s National Volunteer Week and we couldn’t let the week pass without sending out a big THANK YOU to our team of Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs, for short).

VBEs are the leadership for all BWI chapters. Most people see the VBEs teaching at meetings or answering questions on Facebook, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Not only do they know their stuff – they’ve passed a written assessment and skills assessments from Babywearing International to earn the title – but they are also behind-the-scenes rock stars.

The VBE team sets up meetings and special events, organizes fundraisers, maintains the chapter’s website and social media, keeps the group’s accounting in check, organizes community outreach, and builds and maintains the lending library. And they all do it with multiple kids in tow and other jobs or volunteer gigs to balance.

Babywearing International of Central New Jersey’s VBE team currently includes Lucy Fronheiser, Megan Mikita, Lauren Bartlett, Sandy Lee, Allyson Sandak, and Kate Sabella. If you see one of them this week, be sure to say Happy National Volunteer Week and Thank You!