No Operation Gobble at Women’s Empowerment this year
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At Women’s Empowerment we pride ourselves on the number of services we are able to provide to our students and graduates. Our mission is to end homelessness through empowerment and employment and it is your help each year that makes it happen. We partner with a number of agencies to ensure our students and graduates get the services they need, many times creating new opportunities to engage the community and serve women. We are always thoughtfully examining what we do, why we do it, and if we are doing the best job we can.
As you know each year Women’s Empowerment hosts a Thanksgiving food drive which allows us to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families at a most important time. After thoughtful consideration we have decided to end our Thanksgiving food drive and Thanksgiving meal program (Operation Gobble). In recent years many local food banks have increased the numbers of meals they are able to provide the community in part because of the large number of donations they have been receiving. It became apparent to WE Staff that our Thanksgiving food drive and Turkey giveaway was a duplication of services available to the community.
We strive not to duplicate services, as it means we could be investing the donations and time of donors, staff and volunteers into other needed services.
We do not take this decision lightly and our staff is committed to assisting women find the support they need during the holidays. However, this also allows staff more time to dedicate themselves to helping women secure full-time employment, housing, and access to other essential resources.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Kate Towson, Director of Development, at email@example.com. Additionally, we’d encourage you to seek out some of our amazing nonprofit partners (such as Loaves & Fishes, River City Food Bank, and Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services) who often need extra hands around Thanksgiving. They’d love the help!