Women Giving Back

Have you been looking to donate and noticed there hasn’t been donation times on the calendar? We are making some improvements in the warehouse/Store and needed to stop donations to make room for the equipment that needs to be brought in to install. Below is an update of what is being worked on at WGB.

  • The Knutson Companies
    Don Knutson of Knutson Homes has agreed to be the HomeAid Builder Captain for the expansion. They are working on the permits now and hope to start construction in February. Don is a founding member of HomeAid No. VA and is currently building new homes in No. VA. “We can’t say how grateful we are to Don and his trades for helping us out!” said Terri Stagi. Watch for progress photos on our FaceBook page! And check Don out at KnutsonCos.com.
  • WGB received a grant from 100 Women Strong to install an electric rack on the ceiling in the warehouse that will hold off-season storage. The rack can be raised and lowered electronically. The rack is being installed this week and will help give us needed space on the floor level.
  • Miller and Smith will be helping us install shoe racks along the wall in the store that will alleviate the need for the standing racks and give us much needed room for shoes. This improvement should be completed within the next 2 weeks. Thank you Miller and Smith for your donation of time and supplies.
Volunteer of the Month
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On January 9th, 2016 one of the volunteers, Nha-Han Pham, manufactured first aid kits to distribute during Store Day. During her winter break as a pre-medicine student from the University of Virginia, she wanted to organize a meaningful project to make use of her month long break. The first aid kits happened to be an ingenious idea since many people do not realize the need for a first aid kit until an accident already occurs.

“One of my reasons for wanting to be a doctor is to bring medical resources and attention to people affected by economic hardship. This group is often overlooked even though they are the ones could benefit the most from these medical resources. There are already so many food and clothing drives, but I haven’t heard of many that target their healthcare needs,” as she explained her mission behind her project.

Nha-Han contacted doctors in the local community to collect donations of medical supplies for the kits. She organized and packaged over 100 first aid kits which included bandaids, antibiotic cream, gauze, cleaning wipes, socks, and hand warmers. The Store Day participants valued and greatly appreciated some of the medical necessities and luxuries that they were able to bring home that day.

Successful Sorts

George Mason University and GIRL (Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, Inc) spent their day off of school to give back on MLK Day. George Mason sent 55 students who helped us do a lot of moving to get ready for all of the improvements. Girls sent volunteers to help not only at the Store, but held a donation/Sorting event at Fairfax City Hall.

GIRL photo

Thank You!

Thank you to the members of Creighton Farms Golf Course for donating 2,316 lbs of clothing to WGB. The goal was 2,200 lbs, which was a challenge from the Pros at Augusta National called “Pros for Clothes”. Thank you Creighton for choosing WGB as your charity.

Thank you to Arlington Kicks for hosting an extremely successful coat drive for WGB!

“Seneca Ridge Middle School Teen Machine” with the support of the PTO collected over 50 bags of teen clothing for WGB. Thank you to all who donated and we appreciate your continued support!

In This Issue

Loudoun Chamber Foundation Grant

Loudoun Chamber Foundation Grant

WGB is one of the proud recipients of The Loudoun Chamber Foundation Grants awarded this week to five Loudoun area non-profits. “These five organizations that are receiving Chamber Foundation grants are all providing valuable services to Loudoun County’s youth, our neediest citizens and our community’s legacy., “ said President Tony Howard.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Caseworkers and January Volunteers who helped to make our new check in system run flawlessly. We changed our system from a voucher system to a check in system where caseworkers register their clients prior to the store. The feedback from everyone was positive and it definitely made the shopping experience more pleasant for our clients.

 

Come Volunteer With Us

Would your group or company like to volunteer with us? Contact Marjie at 703-554-9386 to schedule.

Sorting Day – February 10th from 4-6pm

Sorting Day – February 12th from 4-6pm

Store Day – February 13th from 9am-12pm

Save the Date!

Cinco de Mayo!

The 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo fundraising event will be held on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30 to 9:30pm.

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