Friday, August 17, 2018

Important Announcement

To our Babywearing Community,
As you may have seen, Babywearing International announced today that they have filed for bankruptcy and will cease to exist as of August 31,2018. The BWI of DC-MD-VA board of directors are working quickly to figure out how to weather this transition. Our volunteers are investigating the feasibility of changing the DC-MD-VA chapter into an independent, non-profit organization that can continue to support babywearing in our community. Unfortunately, since our insurance coverage will terminate at the end of the month we cannot continue our regular services until we sort out new insurance and a new model. We are committed to continuing to serve this community and will update you as we know more.
What this means for the immediate future.
1) the name of this group will change as BWI will cease to exist.
2) Library check outs will be suspended effective immediately and will resume once we have next steps figured out. We appreciate your help in returning carriers by their due date so that we can conduct a full inventory.
3) Memberships will transfer to the new organization once we are able to resume lending. We will extend them based on the remaining time on each membership as of August 31.
3) All meetings scheduled after August 31 will be renamed babywearing play dates and there will be no official babywearing instruction. We will be there as peer support. We will also collect returned carriers. We will not have a full library of carriers but volunteers may bring personal carriers for others to try!
4) if anyone would like to volunteer their non-profit experience (particularly attorneys in Maryland or Virginia!), please message our public page.
We will likely rename our Facebook page and group so that it can continue to be the awesome support and resource that it is for this community/ We have an amazing group of dedicated volunteers that will continue to answer your questions and provide education through this transitional period. All of us are committed to continuing to provide support for babywearers in our community!


BWI of DC-MD-VA Board of Directors

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