“To whom much is given, much is expected.” How many of you live by this mantra? In addition to excelling in the business world, I truly believe that Professional Divas should give back to their communities whenever possible. Well…I believe I have found a great opportunity for us to get involved and contribute to a worthy cause. A close friend of mine recently brought to my attention a wonderful organization with an equally wonderful mission. Check out the information below!
The Organization: My Girlfriend's House - a Maryland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower teenage girls and women living in poverty to break the cycle and maintain a positive understanding of self-worth, confidence, and professional advancement. My Girlfriend's House supports women living in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas.
The Cause: Purse Strings for My Girlfriends is an annual donation initiative of My Girlfriend's House, which supports young ladies and women in 30-35 local group homes, homeless shelters, and domestic abuse centers. This initiative also supports the young women that participate in the organization's core mentoring program.
The Task: Starting Monday, October 1st and running through October 31st, Purse Strings for My Girlfriends seeks to collect 800 new and gently used purses in 30 days. The purses will be stuffed with up to 18 different personal hygiene necessities, including dental care, feminine care, nail care, and hair care products. Last year, My Girlfriend's House surpassed its goal of collecting 500 purses by collecting 1,200 purses in 30 days. This year, My Girlfriend's House seeks to collect 800 purses.
How You Can Help: Please consider making a donation of a purse. If you are in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area, you can contact Shara Chang via email to arrange for a pick up (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also make a monetary donation by going to the My Girlfriend’s House website (please indicate in the note field that the donation is your personal pledge). The organization will use your donation to purchase various personal care items for the purses. If you would like to mail your purses, please send them to:
My Girlfriend's House, Inc
9244 East Hampton Drive
Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743
Are You In?: If so, head to your closet, gather your new and gently-used purses, and send them to My Girlfriend’s House. Also, share this information with you girlfriends, colleagues, church groups, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc., and get them involved as well.
Divas, are you ready? Awesome! Let’s rally around My Girlfriend’s House and help it exceed its goal!