Supplies: Register to Shop

Mother & Child Education Center

(503) 249-5801    1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

(503) 913-9360: Espanol [texto (respuesta más rápida) o llame al]

Client Care Day = Shop for Supplies Day!

 

Reserve Your Spot Online: Online Registration opens the 1st of the Month at 10am (and closes 2 days before the event or when registration fills - whichever is first).

 

Register ONLY yourself and your family (unless you are a family advocate)for ONE timeslot through ONE of the links belowIf you have been asked not to sign-up online, or are uncertain if you can attend a Client Care Day, please register in person on day of event (Second Saturday: 10:45am-11:15am OR Wednesday Following: 2:30pm-3:30pm)

 

If you have NOT attended a Client Care Day, please read details below the Second Saturday and Wednesday Following Registration Links prior to registering.

 

Second Saturday (June): https://june2018secondsaturday.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday Following: https://june2018wednesdayfollowing.eventbrite.com/

  • Save the Dates

Mark your calendar to attend a Client Care Day each month, as you are in need of supplies.

2018Jan 13 or 17; Feb 10 or 14; Mar 10 or 14; Apr 14 or 18; May 16 (NO Saturday), Jun 9 or 13, Jul 14 or 18, Aug 11 or 15, Sept 8 or 12; Oct 13 or 17; Nov 10 or 14; Dec. 8 or 12.

 

Registration Guidelines:

  • Parent should register for ONE shop time only.  Please do NOT register yourself for multiple shop times, as you will be asked to delete them. Signing up for more than 1 time, keeps another family from registering.
  • Parent may register to attend ONE Client Care Day each month.  Do NOT register for the Second Saturday AND the Wednesday Following in the same month, as you will be asked to delete one of these registrations.
  • Online Registration OPENS at 10am on the 1st of each month, for that month's events.  Registration CLOSES 2 days before the event date at 10am. If a timeslot appears full, make sure to scroll down to check availability of other timeslots.
  • The parent who is registered online MUST be the parent to check-in & shop at Mother & Child on the day of the event.
  • If registering for the Wednesday Following event, please note we encourage parents to find someone to watch their children over the age of 2 on this day, as we are not able to provide a kid play area with volunteers (we do provide a kids' area with volunteers at our Second Saturday event).

 

What Is Client Care Day?

Client Care Day is offered each month, at no cost, to help parents in need of a "little extra" for their children 0-5 years.   If you are pregnant you may begin attending Client Care Day after your first trimester, requesting Diapers in Size NB or Size 1, Clothing in Size NB or 0-3Mo, and wipes, until baby arrives. Once baby arrives, please only request the child's current size.  Supplies for a child typically consist of a Bundle of 8 Diapers, a Bundle of 2 Outfits (plus 1 pajama if available), and a small baggie of wipes.  If you are in need of cloth diapers, please call to schedule an appointment.  When shopping at Client Care Day the parent shopping may also choose accessories such as bibs, blankets, burb cloths, hats, shoes, and socks.  All supplies are donated to Mother & Child and consist of Preemie to 5T clothing/accessories and Preemie to Size 6 Diapers (some pull-ups); all in gently loved condition. Mother & Child works hard to make sure items are available to all in need, in your child’s current size, but cannot be guaranteed.  No nursing bras, pregnancy tests, or cloth diapers are available on Client Care Day.

 

"Second Saturday" Details

This Client Care Day is held the Second Saturday of each month from 9:45AM-11:45am. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot online (online registration opens the 1st of each month at 10am and closes at 10am two days prior to event). Dress in layers - ONLY 1 PARENT may go through the center to shop as his/her name is called. We invite the entire family to join on this day as our back parking lot is reserved entirely for this event with refreshments, a "kids corner", and educational piece geared towards the family.  If you do not have a spouse, support person, friend, or older child to watch your children outside as you shop, they may stay with one of our assigned volunteers in the "Kids Corner" - our "safe zone" and play area for kids.  If this is not something you are comfortable with please plan for children to stay home.  Only 1 parent may shop, no children or support persons, unless child is under 1 year and held (no strollers!).   If you plan to arrive early, please make sure to use the bathroom ahead of arriving.  We have one restroom for use during this event, and do not open our doors until 9:45am.

"Wednesday Following" Details

This Client Care Day is held the Wednesday after (or "following") the second Saturday of the month, from 1pm-4pm. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot online (online registration opens the 1st of each month at 10am and closes at 10am two days prior to event). Dress in layers - ONLY 1 PARENT may go through the center to shop as his/her name is called.The Wednesday following is our smaller scale/follow-up Client Care Day without the refreshments, kid's corner, or extra educational piece. This event is especially for parents who work on Saturday, struggle with social anxiety, or were unable to attend our Client Care Day on the second Saturday for other reasons. Due to limited space, we also ask ONLY ONE PARENT go through the center to shop on this day.   If you plan to arrive early, please make sure to use the bathroom ahead of arriving.  We have one restroom for use during this event, and do not open our doors for this event until 1pm. 

 

Additional Info/FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No ID or Proof of Age or Income Required. MCEC does however ask those shopping are those parenting between pregnancy and early infancy (0 - 5 or 6 Years).

What are my transportation/parking options?

MCEC is conveniently located across from the Hollywood Transit Center, on the corner of NE Halsey & NE 41st Ave.  1-2 Hour Street Parking is available for those driving. Our driveway and back lot is closed for this event (used as event space for attending parents/families).

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

No, just bring yourself and a smile...and maybe an umbrella if it's raining!  Though we have tents, individuals do wait outside until his/her name is called to shop, so please dress yourself AND your children for the weather. No early entry.  Please also remember, 1 Parent is invited to Shop.  All support persons, significant others, and children should wait outside.  If you plan to bring your children, please bring a support person to wait outside with them if you are not comfortable with them staying with a Mother & Child volunteer outside.

Do I need to bring a bag?

We ask you to bring a reuseable bag if you have one (or a backpack)! We will fill a paper grocery sack with a bundle of clothing and diapers, but if you are able to BYOBag, please ask the volunteer assisting you during shopping if you can transfer your items from the paper bag(s) to your reuseable bag or backpack. We especially recommend this option to those taking public transit.  Occassionally, Mother & Child also offers takehome food for families and reuseable bags are especially helpful, with these heavier items.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

NO. 

I need a pregnancy test.  May I have this service on Client Care Day?

No. Mother & Child does not offer pregnancy testing on Client Care Days.  Please come in during our regular operating hours (not a Client Care Day) to ask for a pregnancy test.

I have never been to Mother & Child.  Can I attend Client Care Day?

Yes, if you are pregnant or parenting during early infancy (0 - 5 or 6 years)!  However, we encourage parents who have NOT been to Mother & Child before to come in on the 1st, 4th, or 5th week of the month to get to know our staff and volunteers a month prior to attending your first Client Care Day. Our regular operating hours are Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-*3pm, Sun Closed.  Come and allow yourself 30 minutes to sit and have some tea, while we hear how to best connect. Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before closing. These are also the weeks we ask you come in for pregnancy testing.  Pregnancy tests are not conducted on Client Care Day.

I Only Need Maternity Clothing or Nursing Supplies:

Come visit our Maternity Room during regular operating hours and pick out some clothing to keep you more comfortable during pregnancy.  Women who are pregnant may visit our maternity room once a month either during regularly operating hours or during a Client Care Day.

Nursing or planning to nurse?! Let us give you the "support" you need!  Moms who have been nursing 2+ weeks may drop-in anytime during regular hours (please avoid Client Care Days each 2nd Sat of the month & the Wed that follows, for Nursing Tops or Bras) and choose a couple of bras to take home. If you are pregnant and planning to nurse, give us a call and let us see how we can help, as other supplies are available & a breastfeeding workshop is offered monthly.  Mother & Child asks moms please nurse for 2 weeks prior to receiving a nursing bra(s), as it takes 2 weeks for milk to fully come in, which may affect bra size.  Don't think you're producing enough milk?  Ask about milk inducing tea, attend a Client Care Day to receive supplementary formula, or give us a call.