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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: clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

3 Hunner R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first volunteered in 2014 with WGB and fell in love with the work. Everything matters here because of the women and children we serve. You meet them, you learn their story, and then understand why hanging clothes was so important. From accepting and sorting donations all the way to stocking the store for shopping days, it is a heart-felt experience. Truly blessed to have found Women Giving Back and look forward to my time here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Women Giving back a few times and there are not enough great things to say about them. The people running things have more passion and dedication than you can imagine! They truly CARE about the women/children they are helping and they believe in making a difference. They are changing lives day in and day out - helping women regain their confidence and independence. They are inspiring to work with and I look forward to continuing to partner with them.

1 Cathy W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wandered into WGB one day when I was looking to donate women's clothing. I was given a tour and was AMAZED at how large their facility is. Then I learned about their mission and how much they give back to the community. I was hooked!! I now volunteer as often as I can. It is fun to help set up for a shopping experience and then to actually participate in the shopping day. You see full circle how your donations and your volunteer time goes to help these women and children who are is such need of our support. If you can only donate clothes.... great! But if you can, donate a few hours of your time - I can guarantee you will leave feeling better than when you arrived!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was homeless with 6 children in a hotel for 9 months without way to afford to buy clothing and shoes for my kids or self because I was paying the hotel on my own and daycare expense and womens giving back has always opened there doors to help me with what they could every month without judging me … when I finally found a housing program to help my homeless family with a home ,womens giving back offered to help me with furniture ,clothing, Christmas gifts for my kids, and all the items I needed for my new home and I mean everything we needed from beds to towels,sheets,pots and pans, everything my kids needed they were their to help me … I am so blessed to have been helped by this program in my time of homelessness and till this day they continue to help me... God has grace on theses ladies and program...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Women Giving Back a few years ago during their annual toy drive in December. I then learned more about the wonderful work that the organization provides and I had the opportunity to help the volunteer coordinator at WGB organize a toy drop off at an establishment in LoCo. Since that time, I have brought both my daughters with me to volunteer at the WGB store to help sort. We all feel so good about volunteering for an organization that gives so much to those in need and we are now regular volunteers and look forward to our next session at WGB!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for all you had done for me. You provided me with clothing when I did not have any. ( I was the one who wears a size 3) Again, Thank You so much. You probably do not remember who I am because you help so many people. I would not ever stop remembering you. You have such an amazing huge heart. Huge hugs to you and your team. All of you are amazingly wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first read about Women Giving Back I knew that I wanted to get involved. I started by donating clothing to WGB...then moved on to helping support several sort events, both with Women of the Washington Redskins (WOW) and also with the Zonta Club of Fairfax...and finally helping the ladies select items of clothing during the "store hours". It was such an awesome experience helping those who needed everyday clothes and those who were looking for clothing to wear when going on job interviews. The effort by all of those who participate is so rewarding and such a blessing to the ladies and their children. So happy to be a part of this effort!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is truly a blessing to those living in this area. The cost of living is extremely high and it becomes near impossible to be successful when the price for everything from shelter to food to clothing is altogether astronomical. Women Giving Back has an incredible impact on the community and I know they touch many lives through the wonderful work they do.

2 Nicole Morris

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The cost of living is extremely high in our region. Low income households are spending upwards to 40-50% on housing costs alone. After food, transportation and other essentials costs this leaves little to no room in the household budget for clothing. Women Giving Back has been a crucial resource and nonprofit partner to our low income individuals and families Cornerstones serve in our shelter and affordable housing program. We thank you WGB for all you do in our communities!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first started as someone that donated on behalf of my previous company. I then donated on behalf of my own company. Soon thereafter I realized, I could help more by way of sharing the joys of this incredible organization, join forces with these amazing folks and donate both dollars and time. I've never looked back. To see the faces of these women and children as they shop, laugh, learn and prosper. To see the faces of the volunteers, board members, community members and those that learn about WGB for the first time. Every moment and experience thus far has been great to be a part of; no matter the role I play. WGB is making a difference for sure.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing resource for my clients! They are generous and compassionate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great idea, executed very well. This group keeps growing and is a great resource.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just a few short years ago WGB started with a small group of women who wanted to make a difference. They started small but had a big vision that they've fulfilled - and more. Their energy, dedication and big hearts have resulted in thousands of homeless and down-on-their luck families get much needed help. Additionally they've helped hundreds of more fortunate young adults learn the importance of caring and giving. Nobody knows what the future holds but my guess is they'll continue to expand and make an even greater difference than they originally envisioned.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dedicated, focused, warm, life-inspiring, funny, committed, determined, smart, compassionate...not enough complimentary adjectives in the dictionary to describe the women of WGB. As I am no longer in the area and am now sadly a former volunteer but still and always will be a current donor, I have seen firsthand the impact these ladies make on the lives of so many women and children in need. They all embody the pay it forward philosophy. God bless them all and the people they serve!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back in a valued organization with a mission to improve the lives of the women and children they serve. On my first visit to drop off donations, I was greeted by the Director and given a personal tour of the store. She shared their vision for increasing their space to provide an even better shopping experience for their clients. I tell all my colleagues and friends of this great organization and have arranged clothing drives to further their cause.

3 Susan481

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back helps struggling women struggle a little less. The WBG "store" located in Sterling, VA provides clothing and accessories for women. From casual items to professional attire, there's apparel for every size and style. There is also clothing for babies through young children. How terrific the shoppers must feel when they leave knowing that their children have the clothing they need!

WBG offers opportunities for volunteers to sort through clothing so that the store is inviting and organized for the once-a-month shopping event. It's fun to chat and sort, knowing you're also helping women in need.

A great organization!!!! Five stars!!!

2 Seah B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOMEN GIVING BACK- the absolute example of a non -profit organization that goes above and beyond themselves to reach the underprivileged.
Members of GAP MINISTRIES here in the USA and in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and India have benefited greatly from WGB's clothing distribution.
In particular, the group of women referred to as FORGOTTEN WOMEN in the deep rural areas of the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone, women who have lost husbands and children in the war, have within the past 5 years relied on WGB for donations and the team has always generously lend their hands all the way to Africa.
thank you TEAM WGB.
Pastor M

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do wonderful work and are so helpful for all of our students! We are so grateful to have a partner like Women Giving Back!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication and determination to help women and children in need is remarkable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is the best clothing resource I have ever worked with. The clients I send to the monthly store always return with beautiful clothing that builds their confidence, and recognizing that many low-income families have work schedules and/or transportation limitations that prevent them from coming to the store themselves, Women Giving Back is willing to prepares bags of clothing in my agency's clients' sizes for us to pick up and deliver to them. Women Giving Back also distinguishes itself from other clothing resources by providing breakfast and childcare for children while their mothers shop, and by offering an experience akin to a boutique so that clients feel like shoppers rather than charity cases.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization with a life-changing mission. I got the opportunity to tour the store and I am currently working on planning a volunteer day with the institution I am involved with. I am proud to help such an organization and happy to support them in any way that I know how!

Donor

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is an incredible story of a charitable brainchild developing into a reality that has a significant impact on the lives of many through the hard work and dedication of it's founders and many volunteers. I heard first hand at a recent fundraiser from a beneficiary of WGB what a blessing they were to her as she re-entered the work force. Keep up the great work !

Client Served

Rating: 5

Women Giving Back is an amazing organization and in the short time that I've been working with them, they've already been able to provide clothing, accessories, and confidence in my young female clients looking to change their lives and start a career. One of my clients came in to meet with me after they went to one of the "shopping" events and was wearing clothes from WGB and said they absolutely loved the location and the set up and they were excited to have clothes to wear to their upcoming interview. I also can't say enough about their willingness to go above and beyond and help each individual referral. I've been able to provide scrubs to my clients in health care programs and also give them a resource to get age appropriate clothing for their young children. WGB is making more of a difference than they know in the lives of these women and I look forward to having this resource available for more clients to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite non-profits to donate to. I have dropped off items twice now and the volunteers are so friendly and are always hard at work. One time, it was the Director of the Board that greeted me. I love the mission that WGB is striving for and I always recommend them to friends and family. I have even signed up to start volunteering there :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with homeless families who have at least one head of household that is a Veteran. The terms "homeless Veteran" are an oxymoron yet unfortunately, it happens. We know there's a correlation between how people look and how they feel and clothing is a part of positive self esteem, no one wants to "look" homeless. WGB helps our Veterans stand proud again. I can't thank the program enough.

Donor

Rating: 5

These ladies are doing amazing work! Their commitment and dedication to women & children in need is very inspiring.