Women Giving Back
Non-Profit of the Year Nominee
What is your mission and vision?
Women Giving Back (WGB’s) mission is to support women and children in crisis, and build their confidence and self-esteem, by providing great quality clothing at no cost, assisted by caring and committed volunteers who offer personalized service and interaction.
How does your organization achieve its mission?
Our organization has evolved utilizing a grassroots approach to create awareness of the plight of women and children (referred to as clients) who have been victimized by domestic violence or other tragic circumstances. We conduct clothing drives from both public and private corporations and small business operators, Chambers of Commerce, GMU, various Alumni Chapters from mostly in state higher education institutions to collect gently used professional and casual clothing, shoes , purses, coats, jewelry, accessories and makeup. We also collect clothing for kids; toddlers to teens.
How have your programs directly impacted the regional community?
We redistribute these items to our clients at no cost. We have made contact with over 100 Domestic Violence Shelters, Homeless Shelters and other public and private community social service providers since our start in 2007, that have introduced over 35,000 women and children to us over the past 10 years. We held over 200 clothing drives last year serving over 6,000 women and children who received over 80,000 pieces of clothing last year [over 500,000 over the past 10 years]. This was only made possible by the 12,000 volunteer hours committed to us in 2016.
What inspires or drives your team to stay committed to your mission?
We provide 4 regularly scheduled shopping days for our clients and they are registered through their case manager. Additionally, we can accommodate requests for private shopping days; for example, the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative brought a small group to us in April because they had no clothing at all. The gratification these women express with the smiles on their face as well as thank you notes from the case managers and testimonials from the clients after experiencing traumatic life changing events is all the payback our board and volunteers need to stay inspired.
What advice would you give to other nonprofits trying to make an impact in their community?
Persevere with Purpose!
The power of a purposeful objective will resonate with anyone even slightly touched by your mission.
It starts with a request for an in kind donation which in our case is either clothing or volunteer time.
Our program would not survive if not for the generosity of people making clothing donations and giving of their time.