By Chris Olsen
When Anahita Champion left her public relations career to pursue entrepreneurship, she was intentional about creating a foundation for her business based on her personal values. One of those pillars is giving back, and Anahita says it’s the one she leans into the most. Especially when there’s a need in her community.
After the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Anahita sprang into action, dropping off food at pop-up pantries that were created for Minneapolis residents who’ve been affected by riots and unrest. Running errands, home organizing and household upkeep are just a few of the areas Anahita’s business, Twin Cities Mobile Mommy, specializes in. While she was out getting work done for clients, she added purchasing groceries and supplies for those in need to her list.
As she shared what she was up to on social media, others asked how they could support her efforts. It sparked an idea for Anahita. She’d produced successful fundraising events in the past and realized she could have a greater impact if she launched a campaign to raise money for organizations working directly with the local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. When her friends Hannah Trevizo and Nicole Zeltinger, producers of the Mom’s Dish podcast, caught wind of what Anahita was doing, they reached out to join the effort.
The “Moms on a Mission” campaign launched in June with the goal of raising and distributing funds immediately to organizations that support families, businesses and cleanup efforts in Minneapolis. They initially planned to raise $5,000 but as donations began coming in, the women expanded their goal to $10,000. To date, more than $7,500 has been raised. In addition to purchasing groceries and supplies, the funds have benefited Appetite for Change, Association for Black Economic Power (ABEP), Cookie Cart, DIVA Moms of St. Paul, Girls Are Powerful, Northside Funders Group, TruArtSpeaks, Urban Ventures, Voices for Racial Justice and more.
It’s not just individuals who are donating to the campaign—local Minnesota businesses are getting in the act as well. Several have donated money and prizes, which are being awarded via a random drawing each time a goal level is met. But beyond raising money, Anahita—a Persian American whose husband and daughter are Black—hopes the campaign is having an even great impact. Her ultimate goal is to elevate the importance of coming together as a community to support one another, to inspire important conversations and keep them going, and to help heal and rebuild the place she calls home.
To learn more about the “Moms on a Mission” fundraiser and to donate, visit the Twin Cities Mobile Mommy Instagram page.
To find out more about Anahita’s business, the services she provides and her membership program, visit TwinCitiesMobileMommy.com.
About the author: Chris Olsen is an author and broadcast media maven turned communications consultant. Through her work as a consultant, Chris realized her WHY—to support women-owned businesses in confidently communicating their purpose, setting them up for entrepreneurial success. She created My Founder Story as a platform for doing so.