The BUGGY BUNCH INC

Touching Hearts. Changing Lives. Empowering Families.

aka The Buggy Bunch   |   Vero Beach, FL   |  www.thebuggybunch.com

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 info

2011

Executive Director

Tara Wright

Main address

1450 21st Street

Vero Beach, FL 32960 USA

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EIN

27-3137533

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

PlayFULL Educational Groups

Educational Mommy & Me Groups that focus on Kindergarten Readiness Milestones.

Population(s) Served
Families

11 Bible Studies Annually with Free Childcare

Population(s) Served
Families

Teen Mom Support Group exists to teach mothering skills and to encourage teen moms to continue with their educational goals.

Population(s) Served
Parents

The Buggy Bunch gives away over 100,000 diapers annually.

Population(s) Served
Families

Moms meet with mentors to help with positive parenting.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Cooking classes that focus on nutrition, cooking on a budget, cooking for the picky eater, cooking seasonally, etc...

Population(s) Served
Families

Parenting classes for parents and grandparents.

Population(s) Served
Parents

Marriage Enrichment workshops that focus on communication, intimacy, finances, etc...

Population(s) Served
Parents

Financial Workshops that focus on family budgeting and long-term financial planning.

Population(s) Served
Parents

The Buggy Bunch Children's Ministry focuses on sharing the love of God while focusing on Kindergarten Readiness Milestones.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Industry Appreciation Award- IRC Chamber of Commerce 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, we served hundreds of mothers and their families each week in our programming. We provided more than 3,000 diapers to impoverished families each month through our Diaper Closet.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

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.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 gathering 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, we have opened our new Family 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 13 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. Our Family Education Center provides this dedicated space for our growing organization. The Family Education Center (FEC) greatly impacts 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 enables TBB to offer a wide range of educational classes on topics such as parenting, marriage enrichment, finances, and adoption, to name a few. We host a wide range of children’s educational activities and programming. The FEC allows our Parent Educator the ability to meet with moms to discuss family well-being, child development, and to receive referrals to community partners. Designated meeting rooms will provide space for our bereavement classes and private mentor sessions. Our Learning Lab provides a nurturing environment for our community’s youngest learners. The FEC affords 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 thirteen 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 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. Our new Family Center opened in May 2021 and allows us to holistically serve our entire community through expanded reach and visibility. Programs and services include:
* Parenting classes, Bible study, marriage enrichment, kindergarten readiness, finances, adoption and homemaking.
*Support and mentoring for overwhelmed new moms, single moms, bereaved moms and teen moms.
*Expanded social programs, including Amazing Date, Single Moms Night Out and Summer Movie Day.
*Additional educational classes and playgroups, including Math Through Stories and Play, Mom's Morning Out, Playtime in the Loft, and Dance and Praise.
*An expanded Diaper Closet where moms meet with a parent coordinator to discuss family wellbeing and goal
setting.
*Meeting space for mentoring, small groups and discipleship.
*An infant room so moms have the freedom to attend programming without a baby in their arms.

Since its 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 socioeconomic status. We have become a trusted community partner, working with numerous community agencies across the county. Since moving into our Family Center, we have seen a marked increase in new moms and families engaging in our services and we expect to see continued growth as we serve Indian River County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve moms, children, and families from every walk of life.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One example of a recent change is that we identified through surveys was the need for a Mom's Morning Out. We implemented this new program and it has been a great success with many moms taking advantage of this new program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ashley Lombardo

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Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Sue Dean

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Term: 2021 - 2023

Teresa Pastor

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Sue Carter

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Ryan Cobb

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Dawn West

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Erin Refsland

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Ashley Baum

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Courtney Dipietrio

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Sue Bartl

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Jamie Miller

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Jarrod Jenkins

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Nadine Boltz

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Sue Dean

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2021

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