I learned about a new organization tonight - or rather, a grassroots movement...I guess I'm not sure what defines something as an organization as opposed to a movement...is it 501C3 status? Or the number of people involved...who knows..
Anyway, this movement/organization is called HOW: Helping Other Women. For 2008 their focus is called "Operation Off the Floor. They provide free furniture and household items and linens to women and families in the Youngstown, Warren, and beyond.
The HOW women receive a call from someone in need, go to that person's home, assess their need, and provide what they can to help. Oftentimes, this process involves much more than just furniture. The HOW volunteers connect people to agencies, etc..that can further make a difference.
HOW desires to partner with other organizations to help break the bonds of poverty. One of the groups they currently work with is "Dressed to Succeed" which provides clothing appropriate for job interviewing, etc...
The women in charge of HOW have caught the truth that they can make a difference in the lives of others. I drove away inspired and wanting to tell everyone I know about this small group of people who are making such a difference. If you're interested in finding out more about what they do, what their needs are or being a part, they would LOVE to hear from you.
The number at HOW is 330.797.5055. Leave a message and one of the leaders will give you a call back.