|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.
|Our greatest asset is our volunteers. Please join us in making a difference in someone’s life. You can help sort clothing, be a personal shopper, raise funds, coordinate a donation drive, facilitate corporate & community outreach and much more.
The WGB Store is filled with wonderful clothing, accessories, shoes and more for our clients that are currently in shelters or transitional programs. We open the second Saturday of each month or by appointment. Clients are qualified by their Case Workers. Our clients leave standing much straighter and prouder than when they walk in.
Store location: 20 Export Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
We use the term “Our Incredible Year” for a reason. In 2016 we achieved many milestones including the Grand Opening of a new expanded Store and Warehouse. Thanks to HomeAid No. VA & Knutson Homes for the build out, we cut the ribbon on May 5th, 2016 at our 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo event. New partnerships, volunteer groups, grants, donations, and our first full time staff, Nicole Morris, were all major acheivements.
However, our greatest achievement is always the difference we make in the lives of our women and children clients. While they are full of gratitude, it’s the volunteers that truly benefit. The number of teen volunteers we have is remarkable. It does the heart good to see their commitment to service already.
If you haven’t joined us yet, I encourage you to do so. WGB is a life changing group.
President & Co-Founder
Continued to reach goal of providing the BEST...
- Place to donate clothing for a great cause
- Place to volunteer and know you are making a difference
- Place to see smiles on those women and children shopping with us
Expanded our space by 40 percent allowing a more dignified shopping environment for our clients.
Expanded our reach to include 50 percent more women and children and 15 percent more shelters/programs.
Increased our volunteer base by 50+ percent Increased our clothing donation by 50 percent.
Initiated the purple “Bags to GO”
Best and most profitable Cinco de Mayo fundraiser to date increasing revenue by nearly 20 percent ($92,786 to $110,000) and sponsorship revenue by 37 percent (76,396 to 104,985).
Exceeded our 2015 Capital Campaign Goal by nearly 6 percent ($158,559 vs. budget of $150,000).
Hired (independent contractor) operations manager-Nicole Morris and part-time Development Director – Dave Baer
Increased WGB Awareness through Northern Virginia Region.
- Participated in Barbara Comstock’s Young Women Leadership Conference
- Hosted delegate and council member candidates from Fairfax and Loudoun for a Mixer/Luncheon on Domestic Violence Awareness Day
- Honors College at GMU as well as other programs for GMU volunteers
- NOVA – Loudoun Campus
- Averaging 3-4 additional sorts per month – Insurance Companies, Lenders, Churches, tech companies, schools (Flint Hill organized Halloween Costumes)
- Women in Commercial Real Estate; Women in the Building Industry
- Core funders – Builders and Developers
- Austin-Westin Plastic Surgery Center
- Retailers-Kendra Scott, Athleta, Cabi, LuLaRoe
- Peterson Companies Fundraiser at three of their Commercial Properties
- Prince William Realtor’s Association, Northern Virginia Realtor’s Association
During my first six months as Operations Manager I have been consistently impressed by the impact that our services have on our clients. Every month I see more smiles, more hugs and more women with tears of joy and it reaffirms my belief that what we do goes beyond clothing. I see the stress and worry leave their faces as they stand before a mirror and smile at their reflections. It helps to foster self-confidence in a woman who may feel insecure. It helps to get kids to school with a new backpack, school supplies with pride. It allows children to keep active and play outside with their friends year-round with their warm clothing and coats.
Our women come from all walks of life with various upbringings, educational backgrounds, cultures and hopes for the future. Whatever their past or present may be, Women Giving Back welcomes, supports and empowers all women, and we strive to clothe each one with confidence to create the future she dreams about, to excel both personally and professionally. These transformations serve as a daily reminder of how fortunate and proud I am to hold this position.
The Board of Directors and Committee Members achieve so much and they are constantly innovating and enhancing our client services and experiences. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our dynamic network of volunteers for their support. The level of generosity and care that our active and highly engaged volunteers offer to the organization and our clients overwhelms me. They are the lifeline of our organization and I am immensely proud of their commitment and contribution. This year our volunteers donated approximately 11,970 hours. To me, this demonstrates the importance and value that our organization has not only to the lives of our clients, but also to the lives of our volunteers.
Since Women Giving Back’s inception in 2007, our partners and supporters continually contribute to making this difference in the lives of thousands of women and children. It is because of your generosity and continued support that we are able to mark our 10th anniversary this year and to celebrate some significant achievements.
In 2016 we increased the number of women dramatically. To accomplish this, we relied heavily on our referring program partners, who act as an extension of our mission. Our Outreach Committee leads the ongoing effort in identifying and engaging programs to partner with and is vital to support our mission. Our referrals come from a variety of programs such as homeless and domestic violence shelters, transitional housing programs, schools, employment training centers, government agencies and Faith Based organizations. They all work diligently to identify women and children in need and refer them to us. This past year, we had over 100 active partners in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC and West Virginia.
Nicole Morris-Operations Manager
Resulting from the expansion of our boutique space in 2016, we significantly increased the number of clients that we served through a three-pronged plan. We have been successful in each of these areas:
- Increasing the shelters and other organizations we serve,
- Significantly increasing the times, that we opened and alternative delivery options to clients,
- Increasing the volunteer base and their impact on our clients.
Through the year, we have continued to identify shelters and other organizations with women and children in crisis who need clothing. We have increased the number of client partners on our regular contact list by 18% this year. We have partnered with several houses of worship including providing clothing to women who have recently graduated from job training programs and delivering clothing to a church serving over 90 people who were displaced from a low-income apartment complex that was destroyed due to fire. Finally, we are working closely with the school liaisons in Fairfax County to serve families identified that are in crisis and in need of clothing.
We have become much more flexible in our hours of service to clients. At the beginning of the year WGB was consistently open for shoppers for two shifts per month. By December we increased this to five shopping shifts. Each shopping shift served between 30 and 75 women and between 90 and 225 individuals. We also formally introduced a “to go” bag program for clients who could not make it to the store, and have delivered bulk clothing to West Virginia flood victims and others in need. We have also instituted many “special shopping days” for clients who are demographically similar. For instance, we had a teen shopping day in August for shelters that support primarily teen clients, and a Training Futures shopping day for those members of the Training Future program as they started their training program.
In 2016 WGB completed their first full year as a separate entity from an accounting and management perspective. Previously WGB was a program of HomeAid Northern Virginia and became our own 501(c)(3) in June of 2015.
Establish Operating Reserve - I am pleased to say that we completed 2016 achieving one of our main goals that we set out to achieve in 2015—to set aside a one-year operating reserve.
Established Budget Process – A committee was formed to establish the 2017 budget and to review the budget on a monthly basis going forward. A five-year planning budget is in progress.
Audit Plan – Our 2016 full audit is in progress. We plan to do a full audit every other year with reviewed financials prepared on the off years. Should our financial position or grant requirements change, a full audit will be completed yearly.
Staffing – We were able to recruit and hire a very experienced operation manager, Nicole Morris, within our budgeted funds. This has allowed WGB as a whole to increase the overall impact of the WGB program and achieve the goals of other committees.
In the fall of 2015, WGB was given the opportunity to expand our store and storage into the warehouse space next to us. It was a great offer and we knew we could utilize the store space to enhance the shopping experience of clients. In December of 2015, Knutson Companies stepped up for HomeAid Northern Virginia turned this warehouse space into an extension of our beautiful boutique store! They brought in their trades to paint, drywall, install electric, install new lighting, new walls – everything a boutique could ask for – Knutson delivered!
Grey walls turned to green! Cool lighting fixtures donated by Van Metre were hung throughout the new jewelry and accessories section. It was transformed into a wonderful shopping environment. Welcoming and warm.
Beautiful (and functional!) new flooring in the kids section was installed by Darvish Interiors. And the most wonderful surprise for us all, was in September when the National Charity League, Inc., Cherry Blossom chapter, transformed the walls of the kids play area from plain ole blue to the colorful, whimsical and inspiring words of wisdom from Dr. Seuss!!!
So many good folks transformed the warehouse into an extension of our store. Thanks to all of you!! And Don Knutson and OT – we are so grateful for your time and commitment to WGB! Thanks for taking care of our store as if it were your own!!!
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Annandale Millwork Corporation
Center for Cosmetic Surgery
AV Architects & Builders
Baer, Karen & David
Barber, Robert & Kimberly
BB&T Trust Division
Brambleton Group LLC
Brookfield Residential Properties
Brown, Blair & Mary Louise
Carlyn & Company Interior Design
Carter, Juliana & Todd
Causa, J Timothy
Christopher Mgmt/ Companies Inc
Citizens One Mortgage
Clifton Lions Club
Creating Results, LLC
Dan Ryan Builders Charitable Foundation
Dang, Doan & Tuyen
Delucchi Plus LLC
Design Works Interiors Inc.
Duffy, Peggy & Michael
Dwyer Family Trust
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home
Fink, Dexter & Marilyn
First Excel Title LLC
First Heritage Mortgage, LLC
Fowlkes Insurance Services, Inc
Friedman, Larry & Peggy
FSC - Financial Systems Consultants
Genetics & IVF Institute
George Mason Mortgage
Gibbs and Haller Atty
Gibbs, Christopher & Kathlyn
Granite Source, Inc
Gray, Phillip & Barbara
Grosskopf, Mark & Kathleen
H Martin Consulting
Haneline, Gary & Marybeth
Hess, David & Carol Ann
Home Savings & Trust Mortgage
HomeAid Northern Virginia
Hometown Title & Escrow, LLC
Hulser, Christopher & Leslie
IBM Employee Service Center
Intercoastal Mortgage Company
Interior Concepts Inc
Iron Bow Technologies
James River Equipment VA LLC
Jefferson Homes Inc
Jewels By Park Lane, Inc
Jody Pilka and Associates LLC
Johnson, Beth & Keith
K Hovnanian Homes
Kelly, Sandra & Kim
Kendra Scott LLC
Koon, Jon B
Laurentian CFO Services
Lauri Chastain Consulting, LLC
Legacy Engineering, PC
Lehman, Robert & Ann
Lewis, Dennis/Karen Ann
LM Marketing Group
Lyons & Sucher Advertising
M&T Charitable Foundation
M/I Homes of DC, LLC
Martin, Robert & Michele
Maryland Sign Design
McLean Mortgage Corporation
Meridian Imaging Solutions
Mid South Building Supply Inc
Miller and Smith Homes
Model Home Interiors
Myers, Miriam M
National Title Insurance
NDG Communications Inc
New Home Media
New Homes Guide
Northern Virginia Women Attys Assoc
N’Used Fashions LLC
Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.
Organizing Mentors LLC
Pace Butler Corporation
Panek, Mary Jayne
Pepsico Employment Engagement Fund
Philip L Graham Fund
Potomac Concrete Co, Inc
Potomac Truck Center, Inc
Prime Building Advantage
Prout, Brian & Lori
Radiology Imaging Associates LLC
Red Thinking LLC
Scott Insurance Scott, Keith
Silver Springs Networks
Sterns Home Loans
Stokely, Linda & John
Suzanne Neff and Associates, LLC
Terzaken, Ann Marie
The JBG Companies
The Stagi Group
The TJX Foundation
Timber Ridge Homes
Toll Bros Inc
Unique Thrift, LLC
Utter, Bruce & Linda
Van Metre Companies
Veritas Employee Engagement Fund
W.C. Ralston Architects LLC
Walker Title LLC
Wallace & Company
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, Emrich, & Walsh
Webb Realty Consulting LLC
Weber Realty Consulting - Eve Weber
White Hall Capital
Young, Tom & Mary
Aside from donor and partner contributions, the annual Cinco de Mayo event is the largest fundraiser Women Giving Back puts on. The party brings out about 250+ guests from the home building industry and beyond who can participate in a silent auction, raffle drawings, tequila tastings and lots or dancing. It brings in over $100,000 and that money is used to sustain the yearly expenses incurred by the organization which includes rent, store supplies, and operating needs.
This year their focus for the event is to reach new businesses and foundations who they haven’t worked with in the past to raise awareness and funding for our cause.
If you would like to be a sponsor for the Cinco de Mayo event, please contact Nicole Morris at Nicole@Womengivingback.org
Ten years ago, I had the privilege of co-founding this organization we called Women Giving Back. We did so with a simple plan – to help the women and children housed in our local shelters, and transitional housing facilities, get back on their feet after experiencing a life-crisis and we wanted to do something simple and effective to help these women regain their dignity and happiness. We determined that we could easily accomplish this by leveraging our professional relationships and networks to collect clothing and accessories and thereby provide new wardrobes for women who desperately needed to rebuild their sense of self-worth.
At that time we had little idea of the magnitude of need we were about to discover, and we had no expectations of the enormous void we would be filling for the women we serve. The need is huge and the momentum of that need is what has driven our growth and expansion far beyond our wildest dreams.
These women come into our facility scared, and downtrodden…mostly victims of terrible cruelty of some sort, which occurs right under our noses in what is outwardly an imperviously affluent area of the country… Our job is to make them smile, make them feel amazing about themselves and help them regain their pride… Nothing we do is rocket science. It’s hard work, but it is done from love and each of our large army of volunteers attain tremendous satisfaction from the kindness they offer to the women and children we help. Payment is in smiles, hugs, happy tears and ultimately in watching these women return with their heads held high to share their stories of new careers, new homes and new lives.
Join us anytime to see it for yourselves!
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*Women Giving Back obtained their own 501(c)(3) designation and split off from HomeAid Northern Virginia in mid-2015. It is difficult to show a complete year on year comparison as costs were allocated differently prior to mid 2015 when HANV was managing WGB resources under their umbrella. As an example there were additional overhead costs that no longer exist. A 2016/2017 year- to-date comparison is available.
The Stagi Group
The Watermark Group
O’Reilly Media, Inc.
VP, Freddie Mac (ret.)
New Homes Guide (ret.)
The Washington Post (ret.)
Leave it to Lisa
Van Metre Companies
Lyons & Sucher Advertising
Model Home Interiors
Women Giving Back
20 Export Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
Federal Tax ID #32-0464606