Testimonials

Don't take our word for it! Hear their experience:

Anonymous | mother

"I am a single mom, who doesn't have that many immediate family members. Both my parents are deceased, so I don't have grandparents to help me. My child's father lives in a different state, so he is not able to assist me with childcare... my child relies on me and the gracious help of SWOB sitters who assist me with childcare, so that I can live my dream of completing my Bachelors Degree."

Jessica | Sitter

"Through volunteering as an ESL teacher for immigrants, I noticed that the students who stopped coming to class were the ones with kids at home. I really want to help people who are up against a lot but are motivated and determined to improve their lives and just need a little help getting there. SWOB lets me do exactly that."

anonymous | mother

"I was able to complete my Associates Degree in May 2015 and I could not have done it without SWOB!"

BrEANNE | Sitter

"The kids came up with some very clever games and were able to clean up after each one. Making progress to learn how to take turns, like each of them picking out a book for story time at bedtime and saying "excuse me" if they need to interrupt."

Rosa | MoTHER

"My kids love the sitter, especially my daughter. They were excited to tell me all the games they played. My daughter said: I love her - she's so much fun, kind, and creative!"

Read our interview with Rosa here

Anonymous | Sitter

"I hope to experience the joy that comes from re-experiencing first joys through the eyes of a child. My professional focus is on children and families, so this would be an opportunity for me to grow. If I can do that while allowing women to pursue higher education, that's a worthwhile use of my time."

Why SWOB?

Personal anecdotes don't do it for you? Let's talk numbers. 

SWOB is a first and the only one organization of its kind in the country! It's a unique solution to a larger and deeper problem in the society. SWOB is committed to providing safe and affordable childcare to low-income mothers who are eager to pursue their education. With the help of our energetic and passionate volunteer sitters, we aim to help mothers gain their economic independence through education by providing safe and affordable childcare service. 

Issue at hand

More than one-quarter of American undergraduates have dependent children and the number one reason for single mothers to drop out of college is the lack of affordable and accessible childcareChildcare costs in Massachusetts is the highest in the country, averaging around $15 per hour and even higher in the Boston metro area.

Statistics

Our impact

Educational attainment strongly correlates with the decrease of unemployment rates and the increase of salary. This can be represented by the red and green bars in the diagram below. A SWOB mother can experience up to 36% salary increase from her education after she graduates. SWOB provides a service necessary for single mothers who are in college and would otherwise face the risk of dropping out. 

Unemployment and Earnings
 

A SWOB mother can experience up to 36% salary increase from her education.*

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*Based on percentage increase of median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary of female workers age 25 and older by educational attainment  in 2014 in the US.

Social returns on investment

As a result of education received, the potential incremental income for SWOB mothers is expected to total up to $137 million by 2034 as more mothers become financially sufficient and independent and the government stands to save $227 million in government benefits as these mothers earn higher income and no longer require aid. This gives a total benefit of $364 million in 18 years. After deducting $10 million of SWOB's projected operating expenses by 2034--a TINY portion in the bigger scheme of things--the society stands to benefit up to $354 million in 18 years and the social return of 36 times for every dollar spent on SWOB..

TOTAL SOCIAL PURPOSE VALUE (18 YEARS)

Total Social Purpose Value, 2019 - 2034 (in USD millions)

Figures are derived from SWOB’s projection--built over 18 years to reflect government benefits distributed to families with dependent children until cease of aid at children’s age of 18 years old. 

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