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Bowen began the Community Impact LAB to empower women, engage families, and support underserved populations. Although Bowen is no longer in the education industry, she often finds herself using the skills she honed as a teacher and manager in her role as president of the Community Impact LAB and credits her time in Korea for helping her discover the gumption to start a non-profit of her own. It’s growing quickly for a reason. Members like Lindsay Bowling joined the organization because its ideals aligned with her own, and its mission reminded her of her own childhood. “Some of my earliest memories are of my mother helping others and finding ways to involve me. When I became a parent, I knew I wanted my children to be raised the same way.” In short, members of the Community Impact LAB are helping others while building a community for their children where volunteerism is an everyday part of life. More info The Community Impact LAB is always grateful for donations which aid projects in the Social Good LAB. If you’re interested in helping the Community Impact LAB make a difference, please spread the word and consider making a donation. Website www.communityimpactLAB.org Paypal info@communityimpactAB.org

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an fathers spend an average of just 6 minutes a day with their children, while American fathers don’t spend much more than half an hour, according to recently published research. The Family Support LAB’s events are meant to encourage fathers to engage on a more regular basis. Finally, the Social Good LAB focuses on charitable projects helping families in need. Each project enables parents and kids to participate and directly meets a need; the group has prepared meals for homeless women and kids, delivered flowers to elderly residents, and collected new and used items to help vulnerable individuals. Bowen just completed the “39 Moms in 39 Days” campaign, a drive to collect and deliver car seats and baby essentials for newly resettled refugee families, most of whom have had to flee Afghanistan because of their work as interpreters. “It was an ambitious goal, but I knew people who believed in the cause and it was just a matter of removing obstacles.” Members picked up items all over the East Bay and people from across the US and even Korea sent items through an Amazon wish list. They surpassed their goal by four car seats.

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new moms care for their children at home, leaving behind a workplace where they were recognized for their knowledge and skills. “When you become a mother, there’s often a struggle to reconcile your new role with who you were and what you did before, especially when it comes to your professional identity.” says Bowen. The Learning LAB promotes knowledge sharing by mothers in their areas of expertise, from yoga and physical therapy to combatting imposter syndrome. “It’s important for all these incredibly talented women to be able to qualify, quantify, and share their skills.” The Family Support LAB supports both parents and children through family playdates and other networking events. Most members are new to the area and new to being parents, both of which have obstacles of their own. The goal of the Family Support LAB is to provide resources to both mothers and fathers. On Mom’s Night Out/Dads Night In, the mothers go out of the town while the fathers get together to spend downtime with their kids. The goal is to combat the status quo: fathers around the world tend to spend very little time with their kids. Kore-

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