How We Serve

Dear Monthly Leader,

Thank you so much for leading the Montgomery Chicks! We LOVE spending time with the Mary Ellen’s Hearth children and mothers and truly appreciate you for making it possible. Without monthly leaders bringing their joy and passion to Mary Ellen’s Hearth, we truly believe this program would not be the wonderful blessing it is to so many!

Here are a few general guidelines for leading a Chicktime month at Mary Ellen’s Hearth:

Your Programs:

-We recommend you invite 1 girlfriend to help you lead your workshop. The workshop needs to be based on the passions and talents of the leaders…. YOU! For example, if you love to bake, prepare a program that will allow the kids to decorate cookies or cupcakes. If your girlfriend loves yoga, she will prepare a yoga class and teach the kids the basics… or your girlfriend may love basketball and she could teach a basketball clinic.  For inspiration in planning and preparing your workshop, Pinterest offers tons of fun themes and ideas! You can also check out our Events for ideas from previous workshops. *We recommend that you incorporate either a snack station or a food item that would complement one of the programs because the kids love to eat!

-Once you decide what your workshop will be, contact your Leader Co-Host (which will be assigned to you when you sign up) and discuss your ideas with her. At that time, she will let you know if your activities are appropriate for Mary Ellen’s Hearth. All materials you bring to Mary Ellen’s Hearth must be approved so make sure you discuss those ahead of time.

Mary Ellen’s Hearth can house up to 10 families. You must prepare for all 10 to attend, providing enough materials for all to participate, but please understand that on any given Saturday, we cannot guarantee how many families will be able to attend. Consider the Chicktime chicks that will be in attendance as well but you do not need to provide extras for us. We are there to help you and to serve the kids!

Mary Ellen’s Hearth is home to families of adult woman and their children.

-You are responsible to fund all materials for your programs. If you need fundraising advice and support, please let us know ASAP!


Your Volunteers:

-You are responsible to bring ALL volunteers needed to facilitate your programs.

-Additional volunteers will join us on any given Saturday, but they will serve as mentors and rotate through the stations enjoying time with the girls. You may bring additional volunteers to come and ‘play’ in addition to your program facilitators! Bringing your own volunteers to run the programs also opens the opportunity for new volunteers to experience Chicktime!




-Chicktime Montgomery will create an invitation for your event. It is important that you organize your programs as early as possible so that we get the invitation out to the public. Ideally, we would like that information 1 months prior to your event. Your Leader Co-Host will be in contact with you to get the specifics needed to create the invitation. Our invitations are sent out on the 1st of each month so please make sure you have given you Leader Co-Host a general idea of what your workshop ideas are in time for the invitation to go public.

-Chicktime Montgomery will send out the invitation for you using our database to our regular volunteers. You are encouraged to send the invitation out to your circle of friends and family as well as print them off and distribute to your community if you desire. On that note, please encourage your friends to fill out our web form and sign up to join Chicktime Montgomery. Simply click the subscribe button at the bottom of every page to open the web form. Make sure to select AL- Montgomery from the drop-down menu. You are welcome to send a link the web form to your friends, post it on your Facebook page, and even include it as part of your email signature!


What to wear:

DSC_0038-We wear jeans, capris/long shorts and Chicktime t-shirts. We will have Chicktime shirts available prior to each Chicktime. T-shirts are available with $20 donation… we encourage you all to get one because it helps spread the word about Chicktime! 100% of the money goes to the Mary Ellen’s Hearth families!  This is how we raise money for special projects for the families. If you are not planning to wear a Chicktime t-shirt, Mary Ellen’s Hearth asks that the volunteers wear modest tops that show no cleavage, and shirts that stay tucked in or do not ride up past the waistline of their pants. When volunteers do wear shorts, they need to be long, to the knee if possible.

What NOT to wear:

-No short shorts will be allowed and volunteers will be asked to change before entering the facility. Mary Ellen’s Hearth also suggests that excessive jewelry and designer clothing is distracting for the Mary Ellen’s Hearth families, it makes them feel ‘small’. Our goal is to blend in with the families and make them feel a part of our community. Thank you for respecting the clothing boundaries.


Other things to consider:

-Please respect the privacy of the kids by not asking for last names (or give our last names). We are to be on a first name basis with the kids.

-Please leave large key chains, purses, pens, and other sharp objects in our cars or locked in the office while we are in the facility.

-Phones should be put away and on silent. It is imperative that we are spending every second of Chicktime with the kids and not on our phones!

-Please do not ask where the kids are from or share where we live.

-Please do not use camera’s unless you are given permission.