Getting Things Done
Dad Guild is currently 100% volunteer-run with no paid staff. Our organization has been successful at stretching our resources as far as possible, in order to maximize our community impact. Since becoming a nonprofit organization in 2019, Dad Guild has:
With additional funding, we could do so much more.
- Created a network of nearly 400 fathers of young children in the greater Burlington area
- Established trusting relationships with over two dozen different organizations and community partners
- Generated statewide awareness by reaching thousands of people via Social Media and our media coverage
- Developed and implemented over 350 hours of programming, attracting nearly different 150 fathers to in-person and virtual events.
With additional funding, we could do so much more.
What the dads are saying...
According to a recent survey of fathers connected to Dad Guild, the number of dads folks felt they could turn to when they wanted to discuss fatherhood topics increased by over 300% after joining Dad Guild.
- "As a new father who moved to a new state, I felt fairly isolated. Between work, home life, and traveling to visit family it was hard to meet new people that I felt comfortable talking about fatherhood with. Dad guild has helped fill that void and more. Although I don't get to attend as many events as a I would like, Dad guild provides a great escape to meet other fathers who understand the obstacles of raising a child. As we look forward to the arrival of our second child I will look to dad guild for guidance and support."
- "I have been to one event with Dad Guild, but it was nice to get out and see other dads and hear what they are going through. I'm one of the first people in my friend group, so this is all new to me and trying to figure out how to find time for everything."
- "Dad Guild gave me a place to gather socially with dads and discuss and connect about our shared struggles. That type of group was sorely missing in my life, and has been extremely helpful!"
- "Building a sense of community among new dads in the greater Burlington area makes the many challenges of raising children less daunting when I see other dads going through some of the same struggles. It’s good to talk about those struggles!"
- "As a parent of a child with special needs, it has definitely been challenging to meet other parents. When we attend community events, we have to spend more time directly supervising our older child than most parents might. Dad Guild has given me the opportunity to connect with other fathers that I would have not otherwise had."
- "It is just nice to have a group of peers to share with without judgement. It can be hard to talk about the difficult parts of fatherhood especially when it is by reflex juxtaposed to the experience of motherhood."
- "Dad Guild is the only place I have found locally to connect with other dads and talk about both parenting issues and life in general. Keegan is a fantastic organizer and a great guy to talk to about dad stuff!"
- "I’m very thankful to have a group like Dad Guild for connecting with other dads in the area. I’m new to the Burlington area and this group has been a nice opportunity to meet others and have events to attend around Burlington."
- "Being one of the few fathers in my group of friends I didn't have a lot of people to talk to about being a parent. Specifically being a father with their first child trying to figure it all out. Dad Guild has been a great opportunity to meet father's and new friends. It is amazing to be able to get together with other local dad's and discuss different methods of parenting, learn new skills for the parenting toolbox, and more importantly to me; knowing I am not alone in my experiences. Playgroups are a blast and a great way to see what the local community offers for children! Dad Guild has helped me grow as a father and as a person."
- "Besides not getting sleep, a new source of anxiety in the form of envisioning every terrible thing that could happen to your child, difficulty finding quality time with your partner, the emotional drain of having to say no all the time, increasing demands on your schedule, etc. etc. etc. etc. one of challenges I've experienced as a new dad has been struggling with losing touch with your identity as an individual adult human. Your priorities change and you are most concerned with providing for your child, but once the haze clears a little and a routine starts to get established, I realized I had become pretty isolated in terms of having little to no social interaction with other adults. Even trying to maintain relationships with friends who are perhaps not parents is hard, because your attention is always divided and you just wonder if they really get what it is you are going through. One of the ways Dad Guild has been a really positive experience for me is providing an outlet to get some adult social interaction. Sometimes we talk about parenting and thats cool and has its benefits, but even just being with other people who you know understand where you are at in your life is reassuring and has made me feel less isolated and more fulfilled."
- "While I haven't been to many Dad Guild events, the resources I have found through it (book club, Tiny Humans Big Emotions presentation) have had a huge effect on my parenting. I'm a better father, my daughter is having a better childhood, and things are less hard because I have tools and language I lacked before. I have enjoyed the people I've met, and I'm trying to prioritize making more Dad Guild events in the little free time I have. Thanks Dad Guild!"