About Us
Eastside Chapter 55: Who We Are
Parents Without Partners (PWP) is an international non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Eastside Chapter 55 is one of the chapters in the Greater Puget Sound area. Each chapter operates under common purpose and by-laws, but develops its own programs and activities.

Chapter 55 has over 380 members. There are 20-50 planned activities each month and they fall into five general categories:

Administrative: Organizational meetings are held regularly to establish goals and keep our chapter running smoothly.

Family and Youth: Friendship and support are abundant for you and your children as you participate in activities together, such as picnics, dining out, movies, field trips.

Programs and Education: Several discussions are held each month. They are usually led by volunteer members who have a particular interest or expertise in a topic of interest to single parents. Subjects range the gamut from parenting issues to dating. Occasionally, there is an outside speaker. Discussions are usually held in members' homes.

Parent Activities: There are many opportunites for you to meet and do things with other single parents. What do you like to do...dance, play volleyball or softball, day trips, musical events, hike, ski, walk, house parties, game nights. We do it all.

Amigo-Sponsored Activities: The Amigo Committee is a special grop of volunteers whose primary function is to orient new members, helps them feel more comfortable within the organization, and provide support during this time of transition.

Once you join PWP, you will receive Soundings, our monthly newsletter, giving dates and details of all the activities occuring in that month.

We look forward to welcoming you into Chapter 55!


Our Beginnings
Parents Without Partners was founded in 1957 in New York City by two single parents: Jim Egleson, a noncustodial parent, and Jacqueline Bernard, a custodial parent. As concerned parents, they felt isolated from society because of their marital status, and decided to form a mutual support organization. Following their first newspaper advertisements directed to "Parents Without Partners", 25 single parents attended the first meeting in a Greenwich Village church basement. Later, media attention brought inquiries from all over the country.

Parents Without Partners, Inc. is now the largest international, nonprofit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents may join one of 400+ chapters; they may be male or female, custodial or noncustodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never-married. Distinct from chapter membership, the affiliate membership is offered to any interested person or business and the member-at-large membership is offered to any qualified individual.

PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION
AS CONSCIENTIOUS SINGLE PARENTS, it is our primary endeavor to bring our children to healthy maturity, with the full sense of being loved and accepted as persons, and with the same prospects for normal adulthood as children who mature with their two parents together.

FROM THE DIVORCE or separation which divides a family or the loss of a parent by death, the entire family suffers. For children in such circumstances to mature unscarred requires the utmost love, understanding and sound guidance. To provide these is the responsibility inherent in parenthood. It does not end with separation or divorce for either parent.

THE SINGLE PARENT in our society is isolated to some degree. The difficulties of providing both for ourselves and our children a reasonable equivalent of normal family life are increased by that isolation. The established pattern of community life lacks both means of communication and institutions to enable us to resolve our special problems, and find normal fulfillment.

THEREFORE IN THE CONVICTION that we can achieve this through the exchange of ideas and through mutual understanding, help and companionship which we find with one another, we have established PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS INC. to further our common welfare and well-being of our children.

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS is an international non profit, nonsectarian, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children.

Parents Without Partners, Eastside Chapter 55 provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.