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Women Giving Back

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Emergency Assistance, Foster Care, Human Services, Philanthropy, Victims Services, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Women Giving Back supports women and children in crisis on a first step to stability by providing clothing at no cost, assisted by a caring and committed community.

Target demographics: women and children in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: 11,726 women and children

Geographic areas served: the Greater Washington DC area

Programs: Women's and Children's Boutique including clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries, and diapers.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with lovely ladies running it. From Nicole to Julia and the rest of the team, they're full of energy and contagious positivity to help the shoppers and the cause. I love being part of this organization as a volunteer!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for a non-profit organization that works with women. Being given the opportunity to utilize this resource is amazing. Not only does it help the women rebuild their wardrobe and financially lift some weight, but there's also a certain self-confidence that's being given to them. The staff is there ready and willing to help encourage and show the ladies around. And I am grateful for this program. I also want to Give Ms. Erica a shout-out for always being ready to help get these women situated. I really appreciate you!
-TWB Hanna T

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is an exceptional non-profit. They always provide excellent service to the families that they help. They give the families dignity by letting them choose what they need. They also adapt the needs of the families. I work with INMED Partnerships for Children and it is always a pleasure to work with them. Thank you for all that you do !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Women Giving Back in December 2020 while attending a Women in IT webinar and was interested in learning more. I signed up as a volunteer and began sharing time with this great organization almost immediately. Recently, I became a volunteer leader and I'm so happy to be part of a team that does so much good work for the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here a few months ago and I love it! It’s exciting getting to know your helping people that need it. Every time i’ve volunteered for this organization I have met such great people and learn more and more everyday. I love what they’re all about!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work as a case manager, and the work the volunteers and employees do is great and helps so many families in different area of Northern Virginia. So many families who are in desperate need have been assisted by this amazing non profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the respect that WGB shows to its clients. While the warehouse side feels like a warehouse, the store on the other side very much feels like a store where any woman would want to shop.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here many times and have enjoyed the experience every time. I especially enjoy working with women looking for clothes for work or play. Even through the pandemic they continued to support those in need! Excellent charity that supports women & children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is a special organization and I find it a joy to be a part of their extensive volunteer group. It is a very well run organization with a clear mission to serve women and children in need in the NOVA community. They have very low overhead and strong support from so many different businesses, organizations and volunteers. The leaders, staff and volunteers are very friendly and every time I volunteer I have fun, make new friends and
feel I made a difference.

Colin McCormick R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered twice so far and the experience is most definitely rewarding! It is ran basically on all volunteers with like minds with a great mission! Can’t wait to do it again soon!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered here several times and the clients are so appreciative. These women come in with their kids and have childcare while they shop. The choices are pretty impressive (volume and quality) and it's well run.

Rosemary Gerber D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like knowing that the clothing and other items I donate to Women Giving Back go to women and children in need. These items help women rebuild their lives whether it be to get a job, go to school, or manage their families. It is easy to just drop off the donations at any of the locations.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and her soccer team volunteered several times with WGB. We learned of the great service WGB provides for needy women and children in our area. We are lucky to have this organization helping people in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that supports the women and children in our region! Leadership is very involved with the details to make sure that the mission is never forgotten.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always there for women and children in need! They are able to provide a shopping experience to help women succeed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity that supports women & children with nice clothing for school, work & play.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My teenage daughter has volunteered with Women Giving Back for the past year. I had the opportunity to go with her and completely understand why she has become so devoted to this organization. The non-profit is excellently managed from social worker referrals, to donation collection, to coaching their volunteers.

My daughter was recognized for her leadership skills in volunteering. She has received supplemental training in identifying victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. WGB trains volunteers on social responsibility. They also helped her develop a new respect for client privacy.

WGB gets their clients through social worker referrals. On the days of the "store," the clients (women and children in need) are able to select clothing, shoes, accessories, and toiletries at no cost. They are so appreciative to be treated with the respect they deserve. When those in need cannot make it to the store, to-go bags are packed with essentials. WGB also provides interview and work clothing to women trying to improve their circumstances.

Overall, Women Giving Back is an outstanding non-profit. If you are looking for somewhere to donate you time, money, or extra clothes it is an excellent choice!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Woman Giving Back is a great organization.
I have volunteered and worked with them. Good professional environment
They handle interactions in a discreet and personable manner.
Their contributions are greatly appreciated by community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization! Everyone is so nice and friendly and work for a good cause :)

Tracy D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women giving back is an excellent organization serving where there is need in our community. I am so thankful to be a volunteer with them and see the lives that are changed through their organization!

Cathy Magoffin H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization! I had my first visit as a volunteer last week and I was so impressed by how organized and purposeful they are. It was easy to help out. And I believe they make the experience supportive and encouraging for their clients. I definitely plan to go back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best nonprofit place to work. People are very friendly and they are always willing to help others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing clothing bank for women and children. Clothes, accessories, toiletries and even snack paks for the kids - all set up as a typical mall based clothing store. Available items are great quality. Patrons are referred from multiple social service agencies and are not charged for any of the items they select No clothing for men as so many of the women served have experienced domestic violence or trafficking and aren't comfortable shopping with men around.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is a non-profit organization where donations are regularly received and often there are "stores" where women can get referred to come and obtain up to 50 items of clothing, as well as toiletries, accessories, and more all for free. As a volunteer there I've gotten familiar with the area, my favorite part about the whole thing is that the store is a safe place for women. Meaning men are welcome to volunteer in the warehouse but in the actual store it's advised that it stays strictly women because the women who come in all have different backgrounds and stories, some traumatic, which is why we want them to feel safe. Not only that, but it's a great opportunity for people looking to volunteer, the leaders are very helpful and will never get tired of questions you have and the environment is very friendly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to women giving back to volunteer and absolutely loved my experience! They have the most beautiful boutique where women can purchase clothes, accessories, and other important things for themselves and their children. They are super organized and it is a super fun place to volunteer at!

Susan S.19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In order to move people to action, you must first connect them the problem your organization is trying to solve. That is what Women Giving Back is all about. I have volunteered in the past for Women Giving Back and everything about the entire nonprofit has been truly a blessing. From the help they provide to women in need and the volunteer opportunities the organization has provided services and helped several women in many aspects of life.

Julia Ratliff G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WGB is one of the most appreciated and gracious non-profits in the DMV. The volunteers are hard working and love it. The recipients are relatively easy to work with and follow the guidelines. I intend to become more available to give my time to the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity provides a wonderful service to women and girls in the community. My firm volunteered with WGB and they are organized and focused and you can see the fruits of your labor in their "retail" store. Thank you for all that you do WGB!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am with a group of volunteers that come to help out in the warehouse. The employees there are always very friendly and super helpful! The warehouse and store sections are also very organized and clean. It's always fun and upbeat and we look forward to helping out every time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WGB is an amazing organization that helps women and children in need. Their volunteers are motivated to fulfill their mission and they work tirelessly to recruit and organize volunteers to prepare the 'store' for women and children to 'shop' for free for clothes that they need. I am always impressed by their work ethic and drive when I volunteer at WGB.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOw, yesterday i saw the most strong,independent and selfless womens on earth there they're the best!!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is doing AMAZING things in our community! They always have their clients' best interests at heart and do any and everything to accommodate the growing needs as they come, The volunteers serve with big smiles and encouraging words and you can tell that they are dedicated to their mission. Women Giving Back is a very special organization, check them out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back not only helps women and children in crisis in northern Virginia in the most dignified ways, they have also created an amazing volunteer experience. Volunteers love coming to the warehouse and helping the clients in the boutique. They also work with youth groups in the area and get young people involved in very meaningful ways.

ceaton2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WGB was started by a strong group of visionary women. I saw it in the early years and am so proud of how far it has come. They fill a very tangible gap in services and give new life to women starting over again. It has been wonderful to see their progress and their continued growth!

Juliette T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WGB is always innovating finding ways to reach out to the community. As a team member, WGB creates a safe environment providing help to those in need and maintaining a strong relationship between partner donors and volunteers.

1 Becky M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

A great nonprofit with a wonderful cause. I look forward to donating regularly as I can directly see the women and families receiving help. Its a great resource in the community.

Lisa Geraci R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back has provided many families a new start. They not only supply clothing, toiletries, shoes, etc for free, during COVID 19, they are providing food, diapers and feminine products, etc to anyone in need.
The volunteers, board members and staff all give freely any thing the clients need. There is no limit to the healing, pride and generosity. The women who come to WGB, feel renewed and more confident when they have been through the doors of Women Giving Back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister first told me about Women Giving Back when I was looking for a place to donate clothes. Since I retired, I’ve been able to volunteer alongside some amazing women and a few good men. WGB helps women in bad situations get back on their feet with dignity and respect.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered with WGB in 2014 and was inspired by the work they do to provide dignity to women and children in crisis. Since that time, I have donated clothing, participated in sorting events, assisted women while they are shopping, and hosted a meeting with Social4Good to introduce WGB to our community. The leadership team has always been very responsive to the needs of their clients, engaged with their donor community and connected to other non profits serving those in need. During the pandemic, their ability to pivot to find ways to support basic needs and collaborate with others has been impressive and impactful.

Donor

Rating: 5

WGB was originally started by women involved with Northern Virginia Building Industry Association and Homeaid NOVA, their charity that partners builders and their vendors to build and renovate homeless shelters. I have observed what a critical organization WGB has become to women and children in homeless shelters here in the DC area. The selfless giving of their volunteers and the generosity of those who donate clothing and other necessary items for those in homeless shelters is a testament to how much committed people can change the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CleanOffice has had such a blast going out to the store to Volunteer! It is so great to be part of an organization who helps these ladies out. Whether its clothes, accessories, toiletries.. they have EVERYTHING!
We look forward to getting more involved with volunteering.
Thank you WGB for a GREAT EXPERIENCE!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Saturday, I volunteered to work a couple of hours at the WGB center. We had a little tour of the facility. What a surprise when we went from the warehouse side to store side. It has a real boutique feel and I am sure the ladies love the shopping options.

Having such an amazing nonprofit in our backyard give us all the opportunity to truly Give Back To Women in our area!

Milagro R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best organization I love woman Giving Back .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tremendous organization providing clothing and confidence to our communities’ most vulnerable members.
Amazing work, selfless volunteers and great accomplishments abound!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is a great place to volunteer! Directions are clear and easy to follow, service opportunities are readily available in a variety of forms, and you can see what an impact this organization has on the people who come to shop. My son also worked with them for his Eagle Project, and they were wonderful to work with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a phenomenal organization. Volunteering here is happy: there’s something for everyone. You can help behind the scenes or choose to interact with the clients. You can volunteer with friends and make a difference while you catch up. Such a great mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is one of the best to Volunteer everybody is friendly and welcoming I love what they do, and they always have the nicest people working there

Melvin N Yanci P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Thank you for your continued support to our applicants in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company organized a volunteer event though our woman’s action committee. We helped sort clothes and get thing staged for the weekend shop opening. The shop and the volunteer work is very well organized. It is obvious that the full time volunteers have their clients’ interest at heart and do their best to make sure their needs are well served.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is my honor to volunteer for WGB. What a terrific organization, lifting women in our community up!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! It is an honor to be involved with such an outstanding group of women who support such a need in our area.

2 Andrea B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at WGB has been such a rewarding experience for me. This place, it’s people and it’s mission, is truly inspiring. I am thankful to be a small part of this huge organization designed specially to help those in need.

1 Shona B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Simply Amazing. Amazing leadership, volunteers, mission, purpose, and clients. By far, Women Giving Back is one of the most mission-driven and purposeful organizations I have been affiliated with. Whether you are in search of volunteer opportunities or a place to refer a woman in need, look no further. Contact Women Giving Back today!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few times. These women are absolutely amazing

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back changes not only the women and families we serve...this Non-Profit is changing the community, the generous people who donate and also the volunteers and their families. Being a part of Women Giving Back and knowing the effect we are having on the World, is an amazing feeling. Keep it Up Ladies!

1 Denise Metzger H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer for over 10 years. We provide clothing and accessories to women and children free of charge. The ability to help these women take care of this basic necessity is easy yet so rewarding. They are grateful and empowered to continue their journey of getting back to a normal life. We work with the Youth For Tomorrow, Wounded Warriors, local mental health independent living facilities, we aid disaster victims, fire victims, anyone in need. The volunteers are fantastic and generous with their time and their compassion. Truly a great organization to work with and to be able to help those in a time of need. I have served on the board of WGB, and am currently the President of the Board of Directors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Women Giving Back a few times but have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. It is a great way to help other women get necessities in a very inclusive and fun environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is a great place to volunteer! It is all volunteer based, some that are more experienced and have been with the program. They welcome new volunteers as well and you don't have to have a specific schedule. Working in the store is very rewarding because you can watch over small children or help other women shop, and find something that they like!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite place to volunteer-- I love helping women of all backgrounds feel a little more comfortable with themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with enthusiastic people. Thanks for all that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Women Giving Back has been very fulfilling. First of all, I really love the whole philosophy that Women Giving Back has of taking all of the generous donations given to them and then "giving", yes, giving them to women and children that need them...not charging them anything. So many organizations that we are familiar with take our donations and then turn around and sell them rather than give them to the clients that need them. I cannot tell you have rewarding it is to spend time with a client and connect with them to help them make the most of their time at Women Giving Back and to see how happy they are when we find an outfit they love,a handbag they adore or the perfect pair of shoes. I always leave my volunteer time feeling hopeful for the client and their future but also grateful to have had the opportunity to help them.

2 Jill M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best non profit in the DMV! WGB is a wonderful organization that is well managed and very resourceful. The WGB store offers clothing, including shoes, for needy women and children in the area. WGB also donates additional clothing, including baby clothes, to local partner charities in DC and throughout Northern VA. This is a fun place to volunteer by yourself or with a group. It is also a great place to donate new or gently used clothing (and get a receipt for your taxes). Many of the clients who shop at WGB are fleeing domestic violence situations and are trying to re-enter the work force to earn a living wage. I have volunteered for over two years and I am amazed by how many families have been helped by this organization. WGB continues to have a positive impact in the comminty.

2 Solutions_For_Stuff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back provides a variety of resources to women and children in crisis. Their primary program is the WGB boutique store, where women and their families can shop for clothing at no cost. If they are unable to come to the store (work schedule, lack of transportation, etc), they can request a "Bag to Go" of clothing hand-selected for them. WGB also provides seasonal support through various programs- snack packs, back to school supplies, Halloween costumes, holiday gifts, and prom dresses. In addition, Women Giving Back supports other charities by distributing quality clothing donations directly to them. As a regular volunteer, I see first hand how Women Giving Back supports the community. Everything is centered around the women and children that they serve!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is a wonderful nonprofit that helps women and children across the national capital area gain the confidence they need to succeed in life by providing excellent clothing to them at no cost. Not only does it help the women in need, but those of us who volunteer to help the women and children shop learn of the resilience of these women and how they are able to improve their lives and those of their children! Another group who find Women Giving Back to be their nonprofit of choice is the donors of clothing. Since Women Giving Back gives clothing for free to those who need it, many individuals who have clothing for women and children that is in great condition love to donate to WGB. It gives them a feeling of ease and personal satisfaction to know that their clothing is going to be well used by someone who really needs it. Finally the relationships that are developed among the volunteers is wonderful. Some of my life-long friendships have started at Women Giving Back.
The organization not only has wonderful shopping experiences for the clients, but they will also create a "bag to go" for those clients who cannot make it to the store for any reason. Personal shopping is a real skill, and some of the volunteers are wonderful at creating a new wardrobe for women and children. Additionally there is a program to distribute clothing to other organizations throughout the region which give clothing to those in need. Through this community distribution partner program clothing has been able to reach those in need in DC, Virginia and Maryland who cannot find the transportation to get to the facility in Sterling, VA. Finally there is a transportation program that provides transportation from shelters and other nonprofits if there are 12 or more women who would like to shop at the store.
The knowledge that clothing is going at no cost to the clients who are truly in need, along with the flexibility of programs to distribute wonderful clothing really makes a difference to those who support Women Giving Back!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back provides clothing to women and children in crisis. It isn't just clothing that is given, but a shopping experience that results in a self-confident and smartly dressed woman leaving the store. All of the at least 50 garments, 4 pair of shoes, handbag and jewelry are free for the shoppers.

The volunteers are all there because they love the mission of the group and really love interacting with the clients. The youth are there to help peers shop, find great clothing for young women and take care of the children while the women shop.

They are trying new ideas to make sure they are meeting the needs of the clients -- different shopping days, special shopping days for special groups etc.

Great overall!