By making moms better moms, we make dads better dads, children become better adults, and ultimately communities become better communities.
– Muffy Mendoza
I love to think most days that I am just a mom. I do what moms do everyday; cook, clean, tend to the children and support my husband. But, reality is that motherhood is the foundation on which great nations are built. The work that I, and every other mother I know, embarks upon each day has created the very fiber upon which our nation is built. It is cultural work, it is meaningful work, it is POWERFUL work.
If you want to know about me, look at the woman who has had the greatest impact on your life and you will find me in her eyes and she in mine.
Muffy is a woman on a mission. She runs a support group for Black mothers called Pittsburgh Brown Mamas. They meet up monthly to support one another in their motherhood journeys, host events, raise funds for worthy causes and go about the real work of rebuilding Black communities.
Pittsburgh Brown Mamas recently received funding via the Steel City’s Sprout Fund to run the year-long Diverse Mothering Initiative focused on building a supportive community of Black mothers in the region and offering programming that works toward developing positive mothering techniques. Similarly, Muffy also ran a one-day Mastering Motherhood Workshop in summer of 2015 funded by One North Side.
In addition to her calling to serve as an advocate for Black mothers, Muffy is an avid gardener. She has served as a community ambassador for Observatory Hill through GTECH, an organization committed to improving environmental outcomes in the region. Muffy reclaimed a vacant lot to act as a welcoming space for mothers in her neighborhood. She continues to work toward beautifying the space and is hoping to inspire other Black mothers to use gardening as a tool toward raising healthy children and self-sufficient households. In 2017, Mom’s Place, as she calls it, will be working toward birthing a food and herb garden that can act as a health and wellness greenspace for our community.
As a public speaker in Pittsburgh, Muffy consistently spreads the message that family holds the key to unlocking answers to systemic poverty, mis-education and economic depression in Black communities. She has spoken at the Pittsburgh Mom Con, the Inspire Speaker Series, the Listen to Your Mother show and various smaller venues throughout Pittsburgh. Check out her videos page for more.
To top all of this off, Muffy host the premier website for Black mothers in Pittsburgh, brownmamas.com. The site focuses on Muffy’s motherhood journey as well as offering it’s readers a template on good Black mothering. Brown Mamas boast over 30,000 pageviews per month. She showcases Black mothers monthly through the #GoodMama Movement, as well.
Got more questions? Feel free to email Muffy at firstname.lastname@example.org