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Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services Partner Award

WGB was a recipient of the Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services Partner Award for our partnership with Coordinated Services Planning (CSP). CSP is a call center referral line that connects Fairfax County residents to services and resources to support individuals and families in crisis. WGB's collaboration with CSP began last June and since then their 40 CSP Specialists have made 265 client referrals to WGB. We are honored to be recognized as a distinguished partner and grateful to CSP for helping us connect with those that are in need of clothing in the community.

Snack Packs for Kids

Our friend Caleen Sullivan, Director of Community Outreach for the Educational Charitable Foundation (ECF) donated snack packs to INMED Partnerships for Children. Shown below are the students at INMED enjoying their snack packs that both WGB and the ECF assembled!

INMED provides a safe and unique learning environment for at-risk children during their non-school hours - learn more at inmed.org

TJX Foundation

WGB Helps Fire Victims

WGB opened the store to residents that were displaced from a fire at Forest Glen Senior Apartments in Centreville.

full story from WJLA News

TJX Foundation

Boy Scouts Troop 152

Thanks to a conversation with one of our board members WGB was fortunate to have Drew Gautier select us for his Eagle Scout project. Drew coordinated with our Children's manager to draw up and install a shoe rack in the children's section of our store.  It looks fabulous - thanks Drew!  We're happy to have you and your fellow scouts in troop 152 – return anytime!

New Shoe Racks

Cecilia Hodges

Mother’s Day Bus Invasion

WGB’s Melissa Fox and Jill Stillwell, co-founders of The Tin Cup Fund headed up a Mother’s Day surprise for some of our clients with $5 Gift Cards to McDonalds.

Doesn’t seem like a lot, but was a huge bright spot in their day!

New Shoe Racks

May Store

Check out all of these mom daughter duos from over the Mother‘s Day weekend. Volunteering together is such a great idea!

JADE Ministries

Summer Lynn with her co-workers & daughter

Successful Sorts

Cisco

Thank you Cisco for volunteering your time! What a great group. Hope to see you again soon!

NRI Vasavi Association

Salesforce

Salesforce keeps coming back and we couldn't love it more. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Every time you're here it makes us smile!

GMU's Hispanic Student Association

Aquarian LLC

Thank you Aquarian LLC, Entertainment & Production Services for your time volunteering with us! Such fun!

Teacher Work Day

Billy Casper Golf Group

Thank you to the Billy Casper golf group for your volunteer time!

Salesforce

Spotlight on Volunteers
Cecilia Hodges

Say Hello to Sonja
Sonja is a remarkable woman who has been through an intricate journey that has led her to become the powerhouse she is now. Having previously worked for top government organizations and possessing a security clearance, she never imagined living in a shelter with her son.

Sonja would come home, bringing her checks to her husband, which he kept in his possession- leaving Sonja without financial means for her and her child. Sonja went to the Katherine Hanley Shelter and loved her time there. She had the choice to live in Hampton, VA with her mother and starting all over or living in the shelter, keeping her job. She worked full time while living at Katherine Hanley and would help out there as much as she could because she was appreciative of them providing her a home for her and her son. She was in the shelter for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years-- all of which she celebrated the holidays with her fellow peers in the shelter. She really found her place with those she was surrounded by and her son also felt quite comfortable where they were.

When I mentioned how lucky her son is to have someone like her, she teared up as she explained that her son was a result of marital rape. Her family questioned if she wanted the child and she said of course. She was so lucky to have him. Everything that she has powered through has all had meaning and come together for where she is now.

She now has a job, with clothes that Women Giving Back has provided, shares custody of her child- sometimes driving over an hour to spend 11 minutes with him to see him off to school and has started volunteering at WGB! She made a full circle from client to volunteer and hopes to continue encouraging other women to keep moving and excel in the paths they choose.

Her advice for other women? Don't quit and keep moving. She says every step is a step forward and you have to keep moving and never give up. Sonja is empowering, inspirational, and quite frankly, unstoppable.

She plans to open her own shelter for survivors of domestic violence and include tender, love, and care as the forefront of her mission for supporting other women.

Volunteer Drives

Thomas Jefferson High School Women in Leadership & Development Clothing Drive interview with Hunner featured on their morning announcements!

NFCU Headquarters Clothing Drive

Summer break is almost here but hunger doesn't take a summer vacation.  Thank you to all the Broadland's HOA community members and staff collecting food donations to get us stocked and ready to distribute food and snackpacks to our clients and their children this summer.

NFCU Headquarters Clothing Drive

Thank you to Sofia Thompson and First Excel Title.  They had their annual kids swimsuit drive for us.

NFCU Headquarters Clothing Drive

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that has made our success possible. There is no other community like the one we have.

Fairfax Co. Dept. of Family Services Program Leadership Academy

The Asian Real Estate Association of America joined us for a day of volunteering and we accomplished lots! Thank you all so much!

National Charity League, moms and daughters

Thank you to the Open Sort Volunteering Group. We love new volunteers as well as families who work together for a common goal–to help women and children!

National Charity League, moms and daughters

Cecilia Hodges

Thank you to all those that shared our posts and a big thank you to the generous donors to support our #DoMore24 campaign. We raised $2,115 in 24 hours! Our hearts are full of gratitude. We could not provide valuable resources and support to the vulnerable women and children we serve in our community without you.

Cecilia Hodges

Thank you, Lindsay Sarvadi and The Tin Cup Fund (TCF), for donating THREE computers to WGB. The first one is now in the trusted hands of Hunner Rezek, our Program Coordinator. Hunner just happened to mention the need for a computer when TCF made a clothing donation drop off (thank you, Christine Resnick, Shelly Fabian & Silvia Lavado). “Well, just so happens we have three in the backseat!” An accident? We think not.

In This Issue

Thank You!

Cinco de Mayo!

Our hearts are full of gratitude, appreciation and love. Cinco 2018 was an incredible success! Thank you to our sponsors, silent auction donators (biggest amount of options yet!), board members, volunteers and most importantly our clients. You push us to do better each and every day!

view the 2018 sponsors

Thursday, June 21st, from 6-9pm

Grab your friends and join us for the ultimate night out.

Proceeds will benefit Women Giving Back and volunteers from WGB will be collecting gently used handbags and purses for women in need.

“I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back. No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful.”

–Ron Conway

Did You Know?

There are 144,018 children living at or below the poverty level in our region.

Many receive their only meals at school, leaving them hungry on the weekends and school breaks. WGB Snack Packs provide two-day meals for the children we serve throughout the DMV. A donation of $48 will provide snack packs for 15 kids this summer.

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Donate Your Old Cell Phones

Bring your inactive cell phone to WGB on any donation day. (no accessories, chargers, etc. please)

Donate your old phones!
 

Volunteer Opportunities

Would your group or company like to volunteer with us? Click here or contact us at (703) 554-9386 to schedule.

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Store Helpers – Tuesday, June 12th from 9:30am-12:30pm

Sorting & Organizing – Wednesday, June 13th from 1:00-4:00pm

Store Helpers – Saturday, June 16th from 8:30-11:00am

Store Helpers – Thursday, June 21st from 2:30pm-4:30pm

Sorting & Organizing – Wednesday, July 11th from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Store Helpers – Friday, July 13th from 4:00-7:00pm

Store Helpers – Saturday, July 14th from 8:30am-10:30am

Store Helpers – Saturday, July 14th from 8:30am-1:00pm

Store Helpers – Saturday, July 14th from 10:30am-1:00pm

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