What we're about
Who we are: We are a fun-loving active community of single parents. Our group provides a low pressure way to connect with other single parents on hikes, kids’ activities, dinners out, events with other single families and more.
Parenting solo is not easy. The mission of this group is to get single parent and children interacting with each other for fun, support and friendship, and enhance lives in the process.
Note: this is not a “singles” dating group. While we do not discourage dating in the group, our focus is on activities and events that foster friendships and support for the parents and kids in the group.
Your SPFM Group Profile: Your group profile on Meetup.com is our way of getting to know a bit about you. Please use it to introduce yourself to others in the group. As a safety measure for the single parents and children in our group, we require new members to have a recognizable and recent photo of themselves on their profile at all times, and maintain an open profile for this group. Should your posted photo not meet these requirements, any RSVP's may be canceled by the Event Organizer.
Expectations: As the number of members in our group grows, it is important to maintain a high degree of integrity and respect for each other. We expect that members will follow through on their commitments to attend an event when they RSVP “Yes.” Chronic no-shows or late cancellations may result in removal from the group. Please see the document: “Group Expectations” for more about our group and expectation of our members. Event Hosts and Organizers
The strength of SPFM is the number of fantastic events on our calendar. This is only possible by having a deep list of event organizers and assistant organizers who do an amazing job coming up with ideas and posting and hosting events. We’d love for you to host an event, too! If you would like to host an event, send an email to the SPFM Board to indicate that you are interested in becoming an event organizer of the group. It is important to note that this group has a policy against cross posting with other groups, for the sake of safety and exclusivity.
CONTACT THE BOARD: Please direct all concerns to the SPFM BOARD, we govern as a board, and contact with the board is the best way to address concerns. You will find the SPFM Board contact information on the left sidebar of all SPFM pages. See the document “Event Host Guidelines” for more information about planning and hosting events, including organizer guidelines.
Once a Member, Always a Member: The relationships forged in this group are often deep and rich. This is true of the friendships our kids make with other kids in the group as well as the relationships their parents form. Most longtime members describe the group as “family.” In order to join Single Parents Family Meetup one must be a single parent at the time of membership. But, of course, life happens. Over time, some find partnership and even marriage. Being a single parent is a lifelong calling. Those who enter into new relationships and even create blended families will always have challenges unique to “single” parents. We rejoice with our members who develop long-term relationships. Our policy with respect to relationships is “once a SPFM member, always a SPFM member.”
All-Volunteer Leadership: We all know the struggles and challenges of being a single parent. SPFM provides a unique and amazing opportunity for support and friendship. It is only possible by the efforts of the all-volunteer organizers and event hosts. Please show your appreciation to our volunteers who put out the time, effort (and often their own money) to organize us and to host events. Sometimes a simple thank-you can make the effort worthwhile.
Our leadership team consists of:
The SPFM Board (a group of 5 Co-Organizers) elected from the membership.
AO's (Assistant Organizers) - Past or founding Organizers.
EO's (Event Organizers) - The people who daily bring you great SPFM happenings.
In 2014 we introduced a SPFM Governing Board consisting of five members. This Board will be responsible for making all policy and disciplinary decisions. Decisions will be by majority vote of Board members. Board members who have a personal stake in a decision (for instance, a disciplinary decision involves a close friend) will be expected to recuse themselves and allow the other Board members to make the decision. Each Board member will be given responsibility for a certain area of SPFM. For instance, one Board member might be responsible for membership. Another for the website. The exact roles and assignments will be determined by the Board. The Board can create additional positions and assign people to fill them. But the Board retains ultimate responsibility for all SPFM functions. The five Board members will come from the ranks of current SPFM Assistant Organizers and will be elected by their AO peers. Board members will be expected to serve for a year, with the option of continuing for a second year if elected. Board members can be removed by majority vote of the Board if they are not adequately fulfilling their responsibilities. Should a vacancy occur on the Board, Board members will select (appoint) a replacement. Being a SPFM Board member is a privilege, but also a great responsibility. It will require a significant time commitment. It will also require the ability to compromise and put the needs of the group above personal feelings. And it requires the ability to take the heat when not everyone agrees with your decision.
Indemnification Of Risk: When you sign up with a “Yes” RSVP for an event, it is assumed that you know the risks involved with that activity and decide to participate at your own risk. Parents assume all risk when they sign a child up for an event. By RSVP’ing “Yes” to an event, you indemnify our group from any problem you should incur because of this risk. Specifically, by requesting membership in the Single Parents Family Meetup you agree to the following:
EXPRESSED ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY I have voluntarily requested to join the Single Parents Family Meetup (SPFM) and/or the SPFM Classified & Help Meetup group (hereinafter, “SPFM”). (Whenever used herein, the terms “Single Parents Family Meetup,” “SPFM,” and/or “SPFM Classified and Help”, shall include all of its organizers, co-organizers, assistant organizers, event hosts and agents.) I understand that during my participation in any SPFM event (a.k.a. “Meetup event”), I may be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent in each event and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the event. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel. SPFM has not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animal, group members, group organizers or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries and Damages are involved in some of SPFM events and I understand that I may have to exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I further understand that at any Meetup event there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries and Damages to which I may exposed. In consideration of my acceptance as a participant on these Meetup events, and the services and amenities to be provided by SPFM in connection with the Meetup events, I confirm my understanding that:
I will pay any costs and fees for the Meetup event, and I acknowledge my participation is the discretion of the organizer.
The Meetup event officially begins and ends at the location(s) designated by the Single Parent Family Meetup and/or SPFM Classified & Help . The Meetup event doesn’t include carpooling, transportation, or transit to and from the Meetup event, and I am personally responsible for all risks associated with this travel.
• If I decided to leave early and not to complete the Meetup event as planned, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to leave and waive all liability against the Single Parent Family Meetup and/or SPFM Classified & Help arising from that decision. This Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law.
To the fullest extend allow by law, I agreed to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY SPFM, its organizers, assistant organizers, and agents (collectively referred to as “the released parties”) from ANY AND ALL LIABILITY on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by negligence of the released parties, in any way connected to this Meetup event. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS SPFM and the released parties from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while participant on the Meetup event. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns.
This release of liability includes those who are under my supervision or any friend that I may bring to an event. I assume responsibility for any non-member that I bring/invite to an event.
The provisions of this waiver are severable and if any one or more provisions are determined to be unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions and partially enforceable provisions shall be binding and enforceable.
I have read this document in it’s entirely and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and Damages and notwithstanding such risk, I agree to participate in the Meetup event.
Our group sponsors are also single parents: These individuals and businesses help keep this group going. Please patronize and thank them for the generous donation or donations to our group.