Religion, Spiritual Development

The BUGGY BUNCH INC

Touching Hearts. Changing Lives. Empowering Families.

aka The Buggy Bunch

Vero Beach, FL

Mission

The Buggy Bunch is dedicated to building relationships and meeting the needs of Indian River County moms and their families. We exist to share the love of Jesus Christ through programming, outreach, and discipleship.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Tara Wright

Main Address

P.O. Box 1154

Vero Beach, FL 32961 USA

Keywords

Faith-Based, Family, Parenting, Education

EIN

27-3137533

 Number

0209754086

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Buggy Bunch (TBB) discovers our community’s most pressing family needs and seeks to find solutions through building relationships. Although our community has valuable support services, they often only address a specific need rather than a holistic approach. These segregated services can be confusing for families in crisis. 30% of all teenage girls in the US will become pregnant before age 20. 74% of all moms report needing more support. 1 in 3 families cannot afford the diapers they need. Often, families forgo the help they need because they do not know where to start. TBB protocols focus on the emotional well-being of our clients struggling from stressors such as divorce, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, postpartum depression, etc. Our services are broad and inclusive, and in most cases, free. Our community does not have a one-stop resource center where mothers can go to receive programming and services to support their physical, mental and spiritual health.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PlayFULL Educational Groups

Bible Study

Teen Mom Support Group

Diaper Closet

Mom Mentoring

Cooking Classes

Parenting Classes

Marriage Enrichment

Financial Workshops

Children's Education

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

In 2019, our programming served more than 2,800 mothers and their families in Indian River County.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Since our founding in 2009, we have served more than 10,000 clients through our community-wide events, programs, and services.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Buggy Bunch seeks to involve churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals supporting moms and families in Indian River County. All moms are welcome regardless of background, beliefs, & socioeconomic status. Membership is free to all moms. The Buggy Bunch is dedicated to meeting the urgent needs of moms in Indian River County, as well as to gather for fun, fellowship, and fitness. Through our relationships and programs we want to bring one another into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, ultimately preparing and equipping moms for personal involvement in outreach and discipleship. To further our work, our current goal is to open the Family Education Center in downtown Vero Beach to create a one-stop resource in our community so that all Indian River County families are thriving in all areas of life.

The Buggy Bunch uses highly effective outreach programming to reach moms and their families. For 10 years, TBB has relied heavily on existing infrastructure. This strategy has allowed us to limit overhead costs, yet impacts our ability to offer consistent programming. The Family Education Center will provide this dedicated space for our growing organization. The Family Education Center (FEC) will greatly impact Indian River County. The downtown Vero Beach location is not only strategic in proximity to those it serves, but also in its role in community engagement and downtown growth. The FEC will enable TBB to offer a wide range of educational classes on topics such as parenting, marriage enrichment, finances, and adoption, to name a few. It will host a wide range of children’s educational activities and programming. The FEC will allow our Parent Educator the ability to meet with moms to discuss family well-being, child development, and to receive referrals to community partners. Our Education Kitchen will allow TBB to host outreach classes on various cooking topics. Designated meeting rooms will provide space for our bereavement classes and private mentor sessions. An Infant Room will provide a nurturing environment for our community’s youngest learners. The FEC will afford TBB the opportunity to meet the needs of families as a whole. We also believe in the power of collective impact; the idea that we are stronger together. As such, we have built strong community partner relationships in an effort to not duplicate services. As we develop relationships with our moms and their families, we are able to connect them to the various resources available in our community to assist their overall needs.

We are eager, and uniquely positioned, to help transform families in our county. Over the last nine years, we have assembled a strong group of leaders well versed in early education, finance, accounting, and fundraising, enabling our organization to effectively manage its mission. 

In 2017, The Buggy Bunch launched a capital campaign to create the Family Education Center in downtown Vero Beach. With the support of our donors, we purchased the building entirely with cash and we remain debt free. The relationships we have built demonstrate our increasing capability to engender support from local donors, which translates to organizational sustainability. We are strong in scope and reach. Our programs are effective and proven.

We use outcomes data to prove that our programs are effective by tracking attendance and participation at all events, programs, and services. For the last 9 years, we have grown from four mothers walking the bridge for exercise to a thriving 501c3. While TBB believes that specific figures should ideally be tied to goals and objectives, it is also difficult to tie specific numeric values to new programs.

Since it's inception in 2009, TBB has served more than 10,000 individuals with various programming, events, and services. We have become a thriving resource in our community for mothers regardless of background, race, age, marital status, or socio-economic status. We have become a trusted community partner, working with numerous community agencies across the county. We are currently focused on the Buggy Bunch Family Education Center Capital Campaign.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

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