Mothers Helping Mothers Inc
PO Box 342
Sarasota FL 34230
Since 1990, Mothers Helping Mothers, Inc., an all volunteer not-for-profit organization, has been providing basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need free of charge.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Kay Winsauer
Board Chair Affiliation Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Mothers Helping Mothers
MHM Sarasota
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2015
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $150,850.00
Projected Expenses $150,850.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Anthropologist Margaret Mead might well have been talking about Mothers Helping Mothers (MHM) when she said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” MHM was founded in 1990 as an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization and, 24 years later, remains entirely operated by volunteers, helping low-income families with babies, toddlers, and young children who can’t afford to purchase the most basic necessities for their little ones. Nearly 3,800 families—representing about 9,500 children—are served each year from our storefront location near the Sarasota-Manatee county line. Our store is well stocked with used clothing for children and mothers and some used equipment, all offered at no charge to the at-risk, extremely low-income population served. We feel that every baby and child is entitled to new socks and underwear. Diapers are always needed. In addition, we are able to provide some families with cribs and car seats, based on available funding. For a few families a month, we are able to provide emergency financial assistance to enable them to pay back rent and late utility payments to avoid homelessness and/or loss of electricity and water. Goals include recruiting more volunteers to sort donations and get them out on the floor quickly, receiving additional funding for emergency assistance, and creating a "rent and lights" fund to help us meet the only ongoing monthly expenses we incur.

Needs Statement
The organization is always in need of the following:
1. Volunteers - Since the organization is run completely off the spirit and energy of volunteers, we are always in need of caring people who are able to sort donations and help clients. Dollar amount: priceless
2. Monetary donations - The generosity of the community is what keeps the doors of Mothers Helping Mothers open.  Donations are needed to help families in need through the emergency assistance program and to pay for overhead expenses.  The emergency assistance program helps those in need of immediate financials assistance and is only possible through the donations of others and grant assistance. Dollar amount: $500-1,000 per family assisted
3. New car seats and cribs - Clients are often in need of new car seats and cribs to ensure the safety of their children.  Many of the families that we serve are financially unable to obtain these items on their own.  Because of strict new laws, the ability to pass on gently used cribs and car seats is often prohibited.  For this reason, we must provide new cribs and car seats to our clients. Dollar amount: $100-$250 per family
 4. Diapers, socks and underwear - These items are also in great need and all children deserve their own new items. Dollar amount: $25 per child. Gently used children's clothing and maternity clothing - We are always in need of donations of these items.
5. We are seeking donations to cover our rent and utilities. $24,000 per year is required to meet this important need.
Background Statement
Since 1990, Mothers Helping Mothers, Inc., an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, has been providing basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families in need. All items are donated or purchased through grant funding or private contributions and are provided free of charge to our clients. Additionally, we offer emotional support and referrals to other agencies in the surrounding area. Mothers Helping Mothers has no paid employees; we have run on the spirit and energy of a handful of volunteers for more than twenty years! Services are free of charge to families in need. 
Through our storefront location, we help more than 3,600 families in a single year. These families represent more than 11,000 children, and our numbers are continuing to grow. We continue to grow because the need is so great. We exist because of the generosity of this community, and our wish is to be able to continue to assist the neediest families right here in our backyard; helping these children to feel successful by meeting their very basic needs. 
Another part of our mission is to assist families that find themselves in desperate situations. These families have trouble keeping a roof over their heads, food on the table and maintaining safe living conditions. This is an ongoing need in the community and a project that we operate year-round. Since we are not a part of a national organization, all of the money donated will be committed to helping families in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
MHM, family assistance, resources for families, children, infants, mothers
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Terry is right. We have to pay rent and utilities and we need your help with that. More than 3000 families a year come to our store, so we need to keep the store open. Please help us out with that. One other thing … can you get a group of friends together and come sort donations once a month? Or more often, if you love it. People are so generous with donated clothing that we can’t get it out on the floor fast enough to meet demand. It would break your heart to see how little clothing the babies have when they first come to us. To make more clothing readily available is a very special gift to them. Madeline Brogan

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
“CEO Statement” isn’t the appropriate term for Mothers Helping Mothers. We don’t stand on ceremony here and we don’t get paid, unlike most CEOs. What we do is help families, help babies get a safe and decent start in life, and help our community be a kinder and more giving place. If I could ask you for one thing, it would be to help us pay our rent and utilities. That’s one expense we can’t avoid. $2000 pays for a month, but we will cherish any donation that helps us help the babies.  We are thrilled to report that we served more than 3,000 families in 2013 and more than 9,000 individual family members. Terry Stottlemyer 
The storefront is located on Highway 301 near the intersection of University Parkway.  It is here that families in need are able to come and obtain items from clothing and diapers to car seats and home goods - all free of charge.  Each family has a quota of items that can be taken from the store and all clients are able to visit the storefront every three months.  Once a client has finished shopping, they are required to check out and all items are recorded to ensure that they are within the quota limits of what can be taken.  This process also ensures that there are enough larger items for everyone and that the system is not taken for granted. 
Budget $12,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

1. 100% of families served have a lessening of financial burden through our assistance.

2. Children will live in a safe environment where they have the necessities of life and can develop into successful adults and productive community members.

Long Term Success
Through the storefront assistance, Mothers Helping Mothers hopes that children will grow up in a safe environment where they have all of the necessities needed to develop into productive members of society.
Program Success Monitoring
Clients report back to volunteers on a regular basis with feedback on what could make the program easier to navigate as well as with success stories of how they were helped by the services of Mothers Helping Mothers.
Program Success Examples We had a mom come in the other day; she has a 4 year old son, is in her forties, and she is due to have another baby in April. Her husband, who had been traveling on and off over the years, came home and left her for another woman in July. She was laid off from her day job, and was unable to continue with her second job... she needed to be home in the evenings with her daughter now, as a single parent. The house is being foreclosed on, and all of the baby items she had stored in a shed became rat infested. She came to us, alone and in tears, not knowing where to turn. We were able to give her items for the baby, including diapers, clothing, a new car seat and a bassinet. She couldn't believe there were people whom she had never met who wanted to help her.

In addition to our daily mission, we get calls on a regular basis from families in crisis situations. For this reason, In Times of Need is a project that happens year-round based on the needs of the community. Most of the time, people come to us based on a recommendation from another local organization. When families fall through the cracks, or the agency they are working with has to plow through red tape to meet a need, they turn to Mothers Helping Mothers. We provide this one-time assistance to all races and socio-economic backgrounds as long as they pass the screening process which accurately screens families to ensure the assistance is going to the people who need it the most. Sometimes even the most financially successful families fall on hard times due to an event (like losing everything in a fire or being laid-off) that is out of their control. This program provides families with the assistance needed to get through a hard time and get back to a self-sufficient status. 

Budget $50,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

1. 100% of qualifying families will have the emergency assistance they need to get through a crisis and begin to regain self sufficiency.

2. Families have the resources needed to be healthy and productive members of the community.

Long Term Success
Families will have the resurces needed to be healthy and productive members of society.
Program Success Monitoring Because of the delicate nature of this funding, we do not always have the opportunity to measure success with a survey or questionnaire. Mothers Helping Mothers tries to maintain the confidentiality of those assisted in emergency situations because it is such a trying time for the families. When a family loses everything in a fire or needs assistance with mortgage payments because of a recent layoff, Mothers Helping Mothers is there to help. Being able to assist in these desperate situations is success. Without Mothers Helping Mothers, these people often have no other place to turn for immediate help. While other organizations may take weeks or months to eliminate the red tape and be able to help, Mothers Helping Mothers can often extend assistance the same day. Because of the extensive screening process for this assistance, Mothers Helping Mothers is confident that the organization is making a difference in the lives of families in the most desperate situations. 
Program Success Examples A young couple living by an elementary school came to us. We had helped them in 2006, and they never forgot it. He works as a computer repair/motherboard technician, and had recently found this great job. Unfortunately, they withheld the first two weeks of his salary. His wife works as a waitress. They have two little children who walk to school every day, and a new baby. They received an eviction notice from the landlord after missing only one month's rent. They didn't want to lose this house close to the school, and move their family. We were able to help them with rent, and also gave them a gas gift card (he needs to drive a large truck to carry his equipment) and a grocery store gift card. They both cried and cried-- happy tears, because this burden they had been carrying was lifted from their shoulders
Through grant funding, new cribs and/or car seats are provided to families who otherwise would be unable to provide these very basic needs for their baby. These items are given based on availability of funding. Currently, we purchase about 15 cribs, (including mattresses and bedding), and about 5 bassinettes (pack n' plays) a month. About 30 car seats a year are purchased as well. There is always a need for more than we can provide.
Budget $80,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Short Term Success

1. Over the past 15 years, through grant funding, MHM has donated literally thousands of cribs and hundreds of car seats to at-risk infants and young children.

2. Dangerous situations are avoided when babies are brought into a safe and healthy environment. Without the cribs we provide, babies are often put in a bed with siblings or parents or placed in a make-shift crib made from a box or dresser drawer. Without car seats, children are riding in an unsafe manner every time they are in the family vehicle.

Long Term Success
By creating a safe environment for a new baby, possible dangerous situations will be avoided. Without a crib, the baby is often put in a bed with a sibling or parent, or placed in a make shift bed made from a box or dresser drawer. By providing car seats for children who have been riding in an unsafe, too small, or a non existent seat, the benefits are clear.
Program Success Monitoring
We keep in touch with the families we assist, and as the children grow, we continue to meet their needs.
Program Success Examples
When receiving a crib for a baby who is almost a year old, mothers have told us this is the very first bed the child has had. We have had parents tell us that although they know it's unsafe, they have had no choice but to use a seat belt on a toddler who is much too young to go without a car seat. Such a necessity should not be a luxury.
School supplies are donated and purchased through grant funding to provide school supplies for children in the community who otherwise would go without. Our goal is to help these children feel successful by arriving prepared to school. Imagine how a child feels, not having a back pack or supplies in a classroom surrounded by other children having what they need, simply because their parents can't afford the luxury of school supplies. Many public schools in our area require school uniforms. When funding is available, we purchase basic uniform pants and shorts for the children in need as well. Age appropriate back packs are filled with the items listed the teachers provide.
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Minorities
Short Term Success

1. Give all children the proper materials to attend school and be successful.

2. Help all children fit in with their classmates whose families can afford the supplies and clothing to get them ready for school.

3. Encourage families to participate in age appropriate reading programs through our local libraries, including the Summer Reading Program.

Long Term Success
Imagine seeing the face of a child light up when they receive a beautiful new back pack filled with everything they need to be "just like the other kids".... one of the mothers we assist came back to thank us and to let us know that her little boy was so excited about his new back pack, that he slept with it on! Having the supplies to do school work and homework is just the beginning of a successful school year for these kids.
Program Success Monitoring
Our success is monitored by the appreciation of these children and their families; more supplies are offered if we have them throughout the school year. Saraosta Memorial hospital has been active for years donating filled back packs, but we never have enough.
Program Success Examples
See above.
Program Comments by Organization

There is nothing that feels more successful than seeing a family in a desperate situation feel relief after receiving help from Mothers Helping Mothers. These families often come back to say “thank you” once they have gotten back on their feet. Knowing that the family came to us with such a great need during an uncertain time in their life and we were able to “be the messengers” and pass along desperately needed assistance with grant money from the generosity of others…this is success. We would like to share a few stories with you.

Safe Warm Welcome to the World:

When receiving a crib for a baby who is almost a year old, a mother told us that this is her child’s first bed. We have had parents tell us that, even though they know it’s unsafe, they use seat belts on toddlers because they can’t afford car seats.

Back to School:

One mother reported that her son was so thrilled with his new backpack that he slept with it.

Unique Needs

When other agencies come up against too much red tape to meet a client’s emergency, they know they can send that client to us if timing is critical. Through our Emergency Family Assistance Program, we were able to purchase and deliver a reclining high chair within hours of hearing about a baby who could not swallow unless reclined.

Hooray for New Socks and Underwear!

Imagine how proud a little three year old girl is to show us she is potty trained ... wearing her big brother's underwear with a safety pin holding it up isn't as much fun as your own "big girl panties.” How wonderful it feels to hand her a package of her very own big girl princess panties!

Helping Hand to a Hardworking Mom

Sharon came to us in a time of true crisis. Having been a loyal employee for many years, she was devastated when her boss died suddenly in his sleep. Having been a client of MHM, receiving clothing and school supplies in the past for her young boys, she came to us hoping for some guidance and support. Because she had been living paycheck to paycheck, we were able, through one-time financial assistance, to keep a roof over their heads and keep the lights on until she found new employment.

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 50
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Mothers Helping Mothers collaborates with the following organizations: St. Vincent De Paul Society, All Faiths Food Bank, Healthy Start, Healthy Families, United Way, Angel's Attic, SPARCC, The Salvation Army,  and Manatee Habitat for Humanity.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Kay Winsauer
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Term Jan 1990 to Dec 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ann Andrews Charis Center
Michelle Brault Community Volunteer
Madeline Brogan Retired Cartoonist
Louise Bruderle Owner and Publisher of West Coast Woman
Cindy Hart Teaching Nurse
Linda Marconi Retired Retail Store Owner
Rosemary McKinney Community Volunteer
Lucy Painter Community Volunteer
Silvia Smith Volunteer
Terry Stottlemyer Owner, Fruitville Foodmart and Texaco
Kay Winsauer Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 64
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
As an organization that is run solely by volunteers, we are looking for board members with a passion for the organization and the clients that we serve.  If the passion is still alive and well and their heart is still working for the organization then we do not ask board members to leave after a certain time period.  We believe that passion is something that cannot be taught and truly treasure the women who are so supportive of our organization.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $150,850.00
Projected Expenses $150,850.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$144,872$149,049$193,247
Administration Expense$16,608$11,978$15,679
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.820.841.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%93%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$74,498$102,854$129,061
Current Assets$73,313$101,330$127,198
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$74,498$102,854$129,061
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $136,267Contributions, gifts, grants $134,780Contributions, gifts, grants $249,198
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $13Investment income $40Investment income $108
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
As of August 2015, the organization is awaiting completion of 2014 990 and financials. 
Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures were taken from the IRS Form 990s.
Nonprofit Mothers Helping Mothers Inc
Address PO Box 342
Sarasota, FL 34230
Primary Phone 941 953-7572