Sitters Without Borders, Inc. ("SWOB") is a first of its kind non-profit organization which offers free to low cost weekly babysitting services to low-income mothers attending college in the Greater Boston area. SWOB volunteer sitters are committed to assisting mothers with childcare responsibilities, allowing them to pursue higher education and elevate their economic positions.
Our collaboration with many universities and organizations in Boston has allowed us to grow rapidly. The organization, founded 3 years ago, has now successfully served over 45 families in the Greater Boston area, with a long waiting list of families in need and volunteers ready to serve.
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Note from the founder
When I was studying biochemistry in college, I saw many students coming to class with their babies. Sometimes there were strollers in the classroom and when we had lab, moms found acquaintances to watch their children in the cafeteria for a few hours. These young women were intelligent and competent, but of course, after struggling with childcare for a while, they dropped their studies.
I had babysat throughout high school and college, so it was obvious to me how a single mom in the Boston area wouldn’t be able to make ends meet, raise a child and on top of that, attend college. Partially from my own babysitting experience, I realized what these moms needed to complete their degree - a few babysitting hours so they can go to class – for free, at their home, by a trusted babysitter. No strings attached.
I gave it a try. Immediately there were Sitters interested in giving 4 hours a week of their time, to help low-income moms and play with kids every week. And there were many mothers eager to receive our services. Organization protocols were developed and systems set up. Over 3 years, 45 families, a long waiting list and a great reputation later, Sitters Without Borders continues to meet the requests of women who are reaching towards their economic independence.
Our goal is to advance as many mothers into economic independence so, get to know us, reach out and get involved. You too can make a difference in these women's lives!