Single Parents of the Capital District Pages

What Is Parents Without Partners Inc.?

Parents Without Partners Inc. (PWP) is an international, non-profit, non-sectarian, Educational 501c3 Organization devoted to the interest and welfare of single parents and their children. Single parents come together for mutual support for our children and ourselves. We conduct a program of educational discussions, youth and family activities, designed to aide singles in meeting and socializing with other single parents. Through networking we learn how to cope with the special problems of concern to single parents. Single parents can redefine their sense of identity and gain strength from the knowledge that others have often overcome the situations that they now face.

Who is Eligible To Join Parents Without Partners Inc.?

You are eligible to join PWP if you are single by reason of separation, divorce, death of a spouse or have never been married and you are a parent of one or more living children. Your age, your child’s age or custody arrangements are not a factor for eligibility. The common denominator is that we are all single parents.

What Are The Ages Of Our Members?

Chapter 796 is composed of two age groups. PWP was initially started in the 1950’s by a man and a women in New York City with young children who were looking to get out and do things with other parents of young children. With that mission in mind, our first group continues to be comprised of members under fifty years of age who have children in the 18 and under age group.

As times have changed, a second group has emerged made up of members in the fifty and over age group with children who are grown and on their own. PWP has been a wonderful venue for this group of single parents to experience new support and friendships with others in similar life situations of being divorced, separated or widowed or just single at a later time in their life.

At this time, our group is equally divided (50/50) between younger members and older members. During monthly activities, these two groups meet separately within their own age group and all together as part of larger chapter activities such as the annual family picnic and family Thanksgiving pot luck dinner.

What Area Does Chapter 796 Cover?

Our members join us from all over the Capital District Region including Albany, Argyle, Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills, Charlton, Clifton Park, Cohoes, Fort Edward, Gansevoort, Glens Falls, Glenville, Greenfield Center, Lake George, Latham, Malta, Mechanicville, Middle Grove, Niskayuna, Ravena, Rensselaer, Rexford, Salem, Sand Lake, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Schuylerville, Scotia, Troy, Waterford and Watervliet. With many monthly activities planned in a variety of locations, it is always easy to be a part of the fun and excitement.

What Activities Does Parents Without Partners Provide Monthly?

PWP provides a supportive environment in which to meet other single parents and have an opportunity to go out as a group. For young adult parents, it provides activities you can do with your children as part of the group, as well as the opportunity to be with other adults on a similar path in life. An adult evening out with your PWP friends revitalizes you and enables you to go back to the important task of being a parent with a renewed freshness. The monthly calendar offers many opportunities to get out and have fun. And in PWP you have the opportunity to add functions or events to the monthly calendar that you and/or your child have a special interest in and would like others to join you at.

Enjoy Youth & Family Activities

Each month a variety of functions encourage family time together. Programs include kids crafts, family dinners out at child friendly locations, family bowling, roller skating, trips to sporting events, family movies, museum trips, picnics, holiday parties, pot luck parties and many other fun activities geared to children of all ages. Best of all, PWP’s adult fundraising efforts allow us to subsidize the costs of many children activities which will make it easier for all single families to bring the kids out and have a good time. As a young parent with children this is definitely a plus!

Enjoy Adult Activities

Our adult social programs offer an opportunity for growth and fun times meeting other single parents. The monthly calendar is filled with functions geared just for adults. Join us at our highly popular Amigo Dinner for the best pot luck meal in town or for dinner out at a popular restaurant. Discuss a hot topic with our Discussion Group, attend a dance, and learn ballroom dancing or country line dancing with fellow members. Play a game of golf or a game of cards. Come to a wine and cheese party, a movie or the theater. Walk, hike, kayak or join us for a garden tour together. The list of adult activities is long and varied with lots of fun things all month long. Most importantly once you join PWP you will enjoy these and many other activities with a group of friends instead of being alone.

Where Is The Monthly Orientation and Open House Held?

The Southern Saratoga Chapter 796, for the Capital Region, meets at the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center in Clifton Commons, in Clifton Park on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends, when we move to the second Saturday of the month). Your children are welcome to come with you. The format is as follows:

6:30 PM Doors open
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM Orientation Meeting
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Mix & Mingle
8:00 PM – 8:45 PM Program
8:45 PM – 9:00 PM Coffee & Cleanup
9:00 PM – ??? Please join us after the meeting as we continue the evening socializing at a local club or restaurant.

How Do You Join Parents Without Partners Inc.?

All potential new members are required to attend an Orientation Meeting which is held just prior to our monthly Open House. After the Orientation, you will be asked to complete a membership application and provide proof of marital status. Proof can be in the form of sponsorship by a current PWP member who is knowledgeable about your current marital status or by completion of a special form that we will mail to your doctor, therapist, lawyer or employer who is knowledgeable about your marital status. Please be prepared with their name and address so we may mail this form directly after the meeting. The full PWP Membership Application and information regarding the application process is available right here by clicking on Application To Join Parents Without Partners Inc.

Is There A Cost To Join Parents Without Partners Inc.?

Dues are $40 per year. Payment by cash (at the Orientation only, we do not accept cash through the mail) or check will be required upon submission of your application at the Orientation Meeting.

Yearly renewals are initiated from the International Office 30 days prior to a member’s anniversary date.

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