Category: Volunteers

Featured Volunteer: Katja Petersen

Five years ago, Katja Petersen and her husband joined a PEPS group. “We are both originally from Mexico. When we were pregnant with our first child, we found ourselves with no support network. Thankfully, a friend of ours introduced us to PEPS,” Katja said. “The experience of being an immigrant is not easy because people we love are far away. We are forced to build relationships and connections with people that might not speak our language,…

Featured Volunteer: Elise Tumbas

Elise Tumbas is a PEPS Leader volunteering in 2018 to lead a Newborn Group for moms group that meets in the evenings in Woodinville. Elise moved to the area from New York in 2013 with a 6-week old and 22-month old in tow. “With no family or friends in the area – and two very small boys – I found…

Featured Volunteer: Marnee Crawford

by Marnee Crawford Back in 2002, before my son was born, my older sister told me about how fabulous her PEPS experience was. I knew that I wanted that same community and connection to neighborhood families who had babies around the same time we did. Sure enough, the day I showed up to the first meeting on a snowy December…

Featured Volunteer: Zoë Wilson

Zoë Wilson’s first experience with PEPS was joining a newborn group in Renton in April of 2014 when her son Luca was one month old. “I appreciated the opportunity to share my joys and struggles in an open, honest and supportive environment. I never felt alone in my experience, at least one other person was always going through something similar…

Wendy Wray

Featured Volunteer – Wendy Wray

Wendy Wray’s first experience with PEPS was joining a Baby Peppers Group shortly after moving to Seattle in 2009. “Being part of PEPS helped our transition to Seattle and I immediately fell in love the the organization. Six months after my group ended, I led a Newborn Group, and it was an even more amazing experience.” After leading Newborn PEPS Groups…

Julie Schaar

Featured Volunteer – Julie Schaar

When given the opportunity to volunteer as a newborn PEPS Group leader, Julie Schaar felt that it was her duty to give back to other new moms and give them the same support that she enjoyed in her newborn PEPS Group. So even though she just had her second baby, she volunteered to lead with her newborn! “That gave me a different perspective…

Featured Volunteer – Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson has been volunteering as a guest speaker at PEPS Groups for the last two years. She believes working with PEPS is a natural fit for her with her work for the Fussy Baby Network here in Seattle. The Fussy Baby Network is designed for new moms and dads who are trying to understand (and sometimes survive!) with a…