Safe Haven Service Project

On August 12th, Big Ocean in the Salt Lake City, Utah area participated in a service project of putting together birthing kits for Safe Haven – Emergency Villages Inc., a worldwide non-profit organization that distributes birthing kits for refugees and others around the world in need who have low resources to medical care for emergency birthing.

Megan Fights Childhood Cancer for Her Kid and Everyone Else’s

Megan Gibson lobbied in Washington for childhood cancer funding, raised over $1,000 making and selling goodies for a young cancer victim, and rallied people to donate blood. She also quietly took out the garbage for a busy neighbor. Those things are commendable on their own, but she did them while her own son, JP, battled …

Youth in Action: Jessica’s Pillowcases

In 2015, eleven-year-old Jessica Payne’s world was turned upside down by an emergency trip to the hospital resulting in a week-long stay and a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. While there, her nurse told her that she likes to give the patients pillowcases, but they were not receiving enough donations and had run out. This planted …

Sharon Evans: Sharing Her Home and Heart 

Sharon knows how to share. She shared her modest college home with a refugee family from Cambodia. She shared her home in Montana with children from a hospital for mentally handicapped. She has shared homes with foster siblings and foster children and exchange students. She currently shares her home with her husband and her 85-year-old …

May 2107 Board Message

Dear Big Ocean Women, Many of us understand Mother’s Day can be fraught with personal feelings of longing, loss, guilt or disappointment. For many, the word “mother” might seem disjointed from their real-life experiences and situations. Yet despite this challenge, our growing maternal feminist collective continues to use and promote the word “mother” to describe ALL …

Exciting news about Cottage growth!

We are so excited to announce that we are launching a cottage training program to more efficiently grow cottages. Our Board and executive committees have spent the past several months creating basic training materials that will enable us to more effectively train cottage leadership and grow cottages. Over the next year we will be working …

Adventures in Ecuador

This post will highlight the adventures Big Ocean delegates had while traveling to Quito, Ecuador for the UN Habitat 3 Conference October 2016. Many women contributed comments to this article via Facebook, text message, conversation, camera, etc. Enjoy! Brittany: My sister Dana is en route to Quito, Ecuador to attend Habitat III, the United Nations conference …

Meet Big Ocean: Dana

Dana’s first focus is her family. She is a homeschooling mom of four who loves to spend time with her family hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering and four wheeling.  Dana received a bachelor’s degree from BYU in English and loves reading and discussing good literature. She and her husband run a landscaping company together. She finds life …

Women in Action: Ann Takasaki

During their family reunion last month, sixty young-adult refugees from Burma joined Ann Takasaki’s extended family for an evening of food, friendship, and shared experience.  She explained, “I wanted these young refugees to understand that their story was similar to ours, and that they have a great future in store.”   Ann, a native of Utah …

Meet Big Ocean: Mara

“I am just an ordinary woman,” Mara tried to convince me throughout the interview.  “Big Ocean is for every day, ordinary women like me,” she said.  “I love that you don’t need any fancy titles, degrees, or accomplishments to be a part of the Big Ocean sisterhood. You just need a belief in the tenets and a desire …

Calvary Revival School Project

In 2014, a group of homeschool families in Provo, Utah banded together and made crafts which they sold door to door and at local farmers markets. Mothers worked together with their children to create and sell. These families raised enough money to send 6 young Liberian children to Calvary Revival school for a full year under …