Single mom blogger provides money to moms to help them achieve their community, professional or personal objectives
Jennifer Little has been fascinated with books since she was a young girl. When Little became a mother about nine years ago said reading for her child, Jamison became an immediate priority.
“I was so excited to buy books for him, and I think I’ve read to him every night since the day he was born,” says 44-year-old Little the Solo Mom living in Frisco, Texas. “He’s in third grade now and into shark books and books about NBA players.”
Little’s desire to ensure every child has books to read inspired her University of Texas at Arlington public relations professor to establish Little Hands Book Bank, her non-profit organization that accepts donated books for children and distributes them to less fortunate students.
“We collect books from schools, moms’ groups, churches, and people in our community,” says Little of the group she founded in 2012 after working for 22 years in the field of public relations. “We have thousands of books, and our plan is to distribute bags of 12 books each through Head Start programs in the area.”
But Little’s plans have just become much simpler. Last month, she was presented with the Kickass single Mom Grant of $1,000, a gift from Emma Johnson, the staunch Solo Mom supporter and founder of Wealthy Single Mommy, her five-year-old popular blog and podcast aims at connecting and supporting single moms around the globe.
Little and says that it was her first time having had to apply for a grant application for something, says she was thrilled, not only because she plans to make use of the funds to purchase office space and maintain the book in a controlled environment but as well because she feels extremely satisfied and validated.
“Knowing that someone else appreciates the idea to collect books, and donating books to those in need an incredible feeling. It proves that I made the right choice in when I started this business.” Little says.
“I look for women who have a clear plan and significant momentum for achieving their goals–whether in their career, community project, family, or personal project,” Johnson says. Johnson explaining that she will award the grants every month in the future. “Also, they have a thoughtful answer to my question, ‘How will you eventually pay this grant forward?'”
Johnson claims she has received more than 1,000 grant applications and says the grant comes from her pocket.
“I’m always looking for ways to serve the single mom community,” Johnson says. Johnson has been a single Mom to two kids for the past eight years and the author of her publication, The Kickass Single Mom (TarcherPerigee) is scheduled to release in the autumn of 2017. “I am convinced in the power of our personal adversaries and that we all require support. It could be a supportive partner, connecting with fellow single moms, providing suggestions or sharing my experiences. But they also need money. This is the reason I’ve included philanthropic funds in the first part of my budget. this grant will be addressing.”
However, Johnson claims that The Kickass Single Mom Grant offers more than just a cash gain: “The bigger value is the platform I’m on. A podcast and social media and exposure as well as media interest. This is a way of showing women that, even though everyday is tough but you’re valuable and that you’re doing fantastic. It’s not just Jennifer’s narrative, this is all our stories.”
“I love what she’s doing,” Little says. Little. “She’s inspiring single mothers . . . If they are passionate about something or a project they’re trying to take off the ground, she’s going to assist them in achieving it.”
If asked about her experiences as a single mom, Little says the hardest issue for her is there’s no additional set of hands available to help.
“You cannot just leave your child at home and head to the market because there’s nobody there. It’s impossible to wash him and cook dinner simultaneously,” Little says. “People ask me, ‘How can you manage it?’ and I answer”You don’t have any option. It’s just what you do. It’s just a way of life. However, my son and I share an unbreakable bond since it’s just one of us. He is the reason why it’s worthwhile.”
“Hearing success stories like Jennifer’s is positive and powerful and motivating, and makes others think, I can do this, too,” Johnson says. Johnson. “I would like people to see other single moms and say she’s not blessed with wealthy parents or fancy degrees and see what she’s doing. I can do it, too!”
Johnson’s book is intended to help mothers navigate the difficulties of running families with a single income, enjoy dating healthily, and be the best moms they can be. The book explains why mothers must be focused on earning big and being financially independent of their partners, focusing on romance and getting rid of the notion that stay-at-home moms are more effective mothers.