I’ve seen a lot of guys out in the blogosphere lamenting the treatment of fathers in general and at-home dads in particular. They complain about being called “Mr. Mom,” being considered lazy or being thought of as marginally important in the lives of their children.
I feel it too but I have discovered there is a way to change society’s view of dads. The key is having like-minded men come together for this common cause.
This is the why the National At-Home Dad Network, Daddyshome, was founded 9 years ago.
The National At-Home Dad Network brings the similar voices of the at-home dad community together. One popular blogger can make a small difference but may be seen as unique and alone in his opinion. But an entire network of dads, websites and blogs with the single mission of supporting, educating and advocating for fathers who are the primary caregivers of their children (now estimated by the Census as 32% of all married fathers) proves this idea that fathers matter is no fluke.
We have chapters in over 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada, maintain this popular blog full of diverse at-home dads as well as the highly read forums at AtHomeDad.org and we produce the longest-running convention for fathers, the Annual At-Home Dads Convention.
To do all of these things takes many generous volunteers, donors and supporters. They work tirelessly to improve the lives of at-home dads and change society’s view of us.
But to continue growing and changing the world, we need one important thing:
We need you to help us so we can help you by:
The National At-Home Dad Network has numerous committees working toward our mission. Please see our committees here and consider joining one by emailing the committee chairman.
The greatest needs we have are in Fundraising under our Finance Committee, Social Media with more bloggers and contributors to our Forum needed and the 17th Annual At-Home Dads Convention this year in Washington D.C. on Oct. 6, 2012.
As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Daddyshome depends entirely on funding from you. Whether it’s $5 or $500, we can use your help.
This year we launched a capital campaign called “Change the World” with a sustaining goal of $2,500 which will fund our basic operations for the next 5 years, a strengthening goal of $5,000 which will allow us to fund a few special projects and an aspiration goal of $10,000 which will allow us to do some dream projects like major upgrades to our websites or facilities for our conventions. Currently we are almost halfway to our sustaining goal!
We offer rewards for donations at $10, $50, $100, $250 and $500 levels but any amount will go a long way to helping us help you. For more information or to donate, please visit http://www.daddyshome.org/donate.php.
The easiest thing you can do is to support our efforts. Retweet something from our Twitter feed; share a post from our Facebook page; share a post from our blog; list our websites on your website; mention Daddyshome in a blog or Facebook post when discussing an at-home dad issue; encourage people to attend the Annual At-Home Dads Convention; attend the Convention yourself!
Just getting more people talking about the National At-Home Dad Network will help at-home dads realize they are not alone and help society understand our mission.
So, if you want to help yourself and other at-home dads feel more confident and to have a voice in shaping the way society sees you as a parent, get involved! Volunteer, donate or support Daddyshome.
Help us and we will help you.