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“Thanks again for all the support — BRAWS donations are really helping the community” - Women Giving Back

"Huge thanks to our friends at BRAWS for their ongoing donations of feminine hygiene products. These donations take one more worry off the minds of the struggling families we serve." - Loudoun Hunger Relief

"This is from the July 30th food/non perishable distribution — takes place Thursday evenings off Heritage Road, Annandale, VA. I really appreciate BRAWS helping this Mission out— they were already dealing with those living in extreme poverty before COVID hit. Now things are 10Xs worse. Thanks to BRAWS —Betsy [who has run this Mission for over 10 years] is now known as the 'Feminine Hygiene Angel" 😇  - BRAWS volunteer at AUMC

"Thank you for your dedication and generosity. I have been distributing the donations throughout the week and people are taken back by what BRAWS has been for our community." -Parent liaison at one of our Loudoun County high schools

"We are very excited to be a partner with BRAWS! Your emails even brought a few of us to tears. We've been providing food and essentials since March to almost 20,000 immigrants in DC/MD/VA on our very tiny shoestring budget. This new partnership will allow us and the families we deliver to a lot of breathing room. THANK YOU!" - New Partner Organization, Fairfax County



**For a full list of our current COVID-19 partner organizations, please visit our website at:
http://www.braws.org/covid-19-response.html


**If you are an organization in the greater DC area (or anywhere in Virginia) and you would like to become a COVID-19 partner organization, please complete our online application:
http://www.braws.org/become-a-partner-recipient.html
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We were fortunate to be able to team up with First Baptist Church of Vienna this summer to serve our community with underwear and menstrual supplies. Through this partnership, we were able to provide over 1,000 packages of pads (that's about 15,000 individual pads!!!) and about 3,000 pairs of underwear to food insecure families! 

Thanks to the amazing teens for volunteering their time, and their moms for helping get them (and the supplies!) there!!! A big thanks to Emily Schofield for taking a lead on the program.

A big thanks to Period Partner for donating many of the pads you see in these photos.

And, to our friends in the community for donating all this underwear and money over the past few months: We are so grateful for your generosity! It is a moment like this - when so many people, organizations, and businesses come together to help our neighbors of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds - where humanity and decency shines - and reminds us that our world can be a kind, inclusive place when we practice love, instead of hate.💜
BRAWS Launching New Program! 
Helping Youth in the Foster Care System!
BIG NEWS! BRAWS is partnering with Comfort Cases to provide menstrual supplies to youth in the foster care system!

On any given day, there are approximately 437,500 children in foster care in the United States. Most of them are removed from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. Learn more about Comfort Cases here: https://www.comfortcases.org/

BRAWS is THRILLED to play a small part in uplifting the lives and providing a bit of dignity to our special foster care children. To contribute to our work, please visit our website at www.BRAWS.org.
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BRAWS purchased 150 sports bras to be distributed to the Martinsville City, Patrick and Henry County communities in SW Virginia via our partnership with the Southside Survivor Response Center, Inc. Thank you to all our donors who contributed to this purchase!

SSRC “provides crisis intervention, advocacy, safety services, and education to empower people affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and various crisis situations through community collaboration.” You can learn more about their work here: http://www.ssrcenter.org/index.cfm
It was such a pleasure to be able to provide supplies to the women at Entrusted Connections Life House. Formerly incarcerated, the residents of this Prince William County transitional home have no place to go upon release and no support system to help them re-adjust. With the help of ECLH, they re-enter society successfully.
We love a good collaboration! 💜 Our goal ALWAYS is to make sure 100% of those who need menstrual supplies have access to them. Whatever it takes! Really appreciate
Women Giving Back helping to make that happen!
Loudoun County Awards BRAWS $21,250
We are proud to be one of the 53 local nonprofit and faith-based organizations that Loudoun County has chosen to receive funding from the $2.3 million allocated to the community that has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please click here for the full press release.
The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William Awards BRAWS $50,000
We are beyond GRATEFUL to be one of the 14 nonprofits selected to receive funding ($50,000!!!) from The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William. With this funding, we will be able to support over 5,000 Prince William County residents in the next 4 months, by providing much needed menstrual supplies and undergarments to those experiencing poverty and crisis. This is the largest grant BRAWS has ever received to date.

​“PRINCE WILLIAM, VA—The Human Services Alliance of Greater Prince William, a nonprofit association of human services providers that aids local residents, received $950,000 in funding from Prince William County via its allocation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The Alliance used these funds to provide financial support to 14 nonprofit organizations across Prince William County, who provide critical resources and services to the community.”

To read the full press release, please visit: https://www.pwcgov.org/news/pages/Prince-William-County-Supports-Local-Charities-with--CARES-Act-Funding.aspx.  
 
Additionally, thank you so much to the following funds, foundations and associations for significant COVID related contributions:

The Peter & Mary Levin Family Foundation

Cloudbreak Foundation

COVID-19 Response Fund
(The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia)

J.O.Y Charitable Fund
(The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia)

 
ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund

David-Blechman Foundation

Stellar Solutions Foundation

Community Assistance Fund, The Junior League of Washington

Stillman Foundation

The Meil Family Foundation

Vienna Business Association Foundation

Kings Park West Civic Association

National Council of Negro Women - Reston/Herndon Chapter

Vienna Women's Club

Social4Good 


*Our apologies in advance for any errors. Please contact us immediately for any unintended oversights . 
Thank you for the THOUSANDS of underwear YOU have purchased over the last few weeks to help our community!
If you would like to help, please consider visiting our Amazon Wish List or dropping off unopened packages of underwear at our office - 133 Park Street, NE, 3rd Floor, Vienna VA 22180 (please leave outside the door if we are not there). Thank you!

THANKS to the generosity of EVERYONE over the last few month....  Your donations and efforts have and will continue to deliver thousands of supplies to 66 shelters, schools, and partner organizations during this pandemic!

  • ACCA​​ - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Annandale

  • Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) -  Serving 1,000 homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Prince William County

  • Alexandria City Public Schools - Serving students in the City of Alexandria

  • ALIVE! House - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Alexandria

  • Arlington Clothesline for Kids - Serving over 1,000 homeless/low-income women, children and teens in Prince William County

  • Artemis House (Shelter House) - Serving victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County

  • A-SPAN - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Arlington

  • AUMC - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Annandale

  • Bailey's Elementary School (FCPS) and Community Center - Serving over 100 homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Falls Church/Seven Corners area

  • Briar Woods High School (LCPS) - Serving homeless & low-income girls in Ashburn area

  • Britepaths - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Fairfax County

  • Cedar Lane School (FCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in the Fairfax area.

  • Centreville Immigration Forum (Labor Resource Center) - Serving low-income immigrants and refugees in Fairfax and Prince William Counties

  • Chris Atwood Foundation - Serving women experiencing opioid/substance abuse recovery in Northern Virginia

  • Comfort Cases - Serving youth in the foster system throughout Northern Virginia and beyond.

  • Cornerstones - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Reston/Herndon region

  • Creekside Village Community Resource Fair -  Serving families in Alexandria

  • CRi - Serving individuals with disabilities & mental health needs, as well as​ fostered youth​ in Northern Virginia

  • Culmore Family Resource Center  - Serving homeless teens and girls in Northern Virginia

  • Daniel's Run Elementary School (FCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income girls in Fairfax City area

  • Dogwood Elementary School (FCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income girls in the Reston area r

  • Dominion High School (LCPS) - Serving ​over 100 ​homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in the Sterling area

  • Entrusted Connection Life Houses - Serving formerly incarcerated women in Prince William County

  • First Baptist Church Food Drive - Serving low income families in Northern Virginia

  • Food for Others - Serving over 200 homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Fairfax County

  • Friends of Guest House - Serving formerly incarcerated women in Alexandria

  • Guilford Elementary (LCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income girls in the Sterling area

  • Health Brigade - Serving hundreds of the most marginalized populations in the Richmond, VA area.

  • Herndon High School (FCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in Reston/Herndon region

  • Hunger Resource Center (Northern Virginia Family Services) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Manassas and Western Prince William County

  • Kate’s Place (Shelter House) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Fairfax County

  • Katherine Hanley (Shelter House) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Fairfax County

  • Kilmer Middle School (FCPS) - Serving  homeless/low-income girls in the Vienna/Tysons area

  • Koinonia Foundation - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Alexandria and Springfield

  • Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in South Fairfax County and Prince William County (East)

  • Loudoun Hunger Relief - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Loudoun County

  • Madison High School (FCPS) - Serving over 100 homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in the Vienna/Oakton area

  • Manassas Park High School (PWCS) - Serving over 1,000 homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in the Manassas Park area

  • Marshall High School (FCPS) - Serving over 100 homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in the Vienna/Falls Church area

  • Mobile Hope - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed young adults and teens in Loudoun County 

  • New Hope Housing - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Arlington/Alexandria/South Fairfax County

  • New World Fellowship Church - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Stafford County

  • Park View High School (LCPS) - Serving over 100 homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in the Sterling area

  • Poe Middle School (FCPS) - Serving over 100 homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in the Annandale area

  • Purple Onion Catering Co. Pop-Up Pantry - Serving laid-off workers from the service industry in Fairfax County

  • Rising Hope Mission Church - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Alexandria

  • Salvation Army (Fairfax) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Fairfax County

  • Sanctuary DMV Food Justice Initiative - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Northern Virginia

  • Second Story - Serving homeless teens and girls in Northern Virginia

  • SERVE Shelter (Northern Virginia Family Services) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Manassas and Western Prince William County

  • She Believes In Me - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Reston/Herndon region

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - Serving low-income immigrants and refugees in Fairfax and Arlington Counties

  • South Lakes High School (FCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Reston/Herndon region

  • Southside Survivor Response Center - Serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Martinsville, Henry, and Patrick Counties

  • Sterling Middle School (LCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in the Sterling area

  • Stone Bridge High School (LCPS) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed students in Ashburn

  • St. Matthew’s Church - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women in Annandale

  • The Good New Community Kitchen - serving veterans, students, senior citizens, survivors of domestic violence, and families who identify being food insecure and/or in need in Prince William County

  • Thoreau Middle School (FCPS) - Serving over 100 homeless/low-income/unemployed girls in the Vienna/Oakton area

  • United Community (formerly UMC of Alexandria) - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women in Alexandria and South Fairfax County, along the Route 1 corridor

  • United Community - Serving families of the following schools: Mt. Vernon Woods, Hybla Valley, Riverside, Washington Mills, Woodlawn, Woodley Hills, Ft. Hunt, Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Mt. Vernon Highschool, and West Potomac

  • Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition - Serving women experiencing opioid/substance abuse recovery in Virginia

  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Chantilly/Centreville

  • Women Giving Back - Serving homeless/low-income/unemployed women and girls in Northern Virginia​

  • Woodbridge Workers Committee- Serving 43 low-income families in Woodbridge and Manassas. 

  • 29 Diner - Serving at-risk Fairfax families in need through a community food pantry

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. We have a consistent shortage of inventory, since COVID - your help would be MUCH appreciated! Our clients are in need of: 
-UNDERWEAR (women sizes S,M, L needed the most!) 
as well as....
-regular and super pads
-tampons
Please, if you are able, when you are shopping Amazon, consider purchasing a gift from our wishlist for a woman or girl in need. 

2. A contribution of $29.65 will purchase a case of pads from our distributor. For less than $30, you can help 12 girls next month stay clean and dignified during this crisis. Click here to donate.


3. Please support our "Purchase a Pad Pallet" campaign. One pallet of pads can help 960 women. Can you donate $10? $15? $25? Any amount helps get us closer to our goal! Please click here to contribute to our "Purchase a Pad Pallet" campaign and help us raise $2452 to help women and girls in crisis. 

4. If you know of an organization or pantry that needs menstrual supplies and/or undergarments, please let us know! We are here - ready and eager to help anyone in crisis! Please email us to connect.

5. Volunteer! Information about our next orientation is below. Email Addie to register.

Please follow us and share on social media. We will provide updates and requests for help over the upcoming weeks via facebook, instagram, and twitter.

Interested in Volunteering?
Sign Up for a Virtual Volunteer Orientation with Addie!
Addie F. started volunteering with BRAWS when she was in 8th grade. She is now a senior and managing our volunteers as a teen intern! Here she is conducting her first virtual volunteer orientation! We are very proud of Addie!! If you would like to learn more about volunteering with BRAWS and when our upcoming orientations will be held, please email Addie at Volunteer@braws.org.
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Thank you Even-One-Voice.com and writer Jessica Berg for featuring BRAWS, our mission, and our work on your platform. You are correct, "Everything starts with Education."
http://even-one-voice.com/2020/08/08/equity-and-dignity-period/
Bards Alley Bookshop does it again- they are AMAZING! Back in the spring, Bards Alley very generously bought a delicious lunch from The Pure Pasty for our volunteers. BRAWS Volunteers wanted to pay it forward so they donated some money and asked Bards Alley to order books to donate to Cunningham Park ES! Meg and her fabulous CPES volunteers passed books out on Friday to local families who were thrilled to have them! We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful businesses and community members working together to help each other 💜
Thanks to our amazing staff and board, dedicated volunteers, and generous supporters, critical menstrual supplies and new undergarments have been delivered to thousands of individuals in crisis. Please remember, periods don’t stop in a pandemic  - we need to ensure that all those in our community continue to have access to basic needs.

Thanks you for your continued support. 
Please stay healthy and safe!
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