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Each Mother’s Day, Mothers & More reminds the world that the real work of caring for our families has social and economic value. It is truly our time to shine, to invite all mothers to become members and to promote the beliefs that make us so special and unique among so many other mother’s groups.
We created Power of a Purse in 2009 to spotlight mothers’ economic issues, in part by collecting new and gently used purses for mothers in need. A purse symbolizes a woman‘s economic power and many families rely on a mother‘s income. Mothers & More believes that no matter where a woman rests on the social ladder, there is “power in her purse” when she is able to provide for herself and her children. To date we have collected and distributed nearly 22,000 purses, and personal items to fill those purses, to mothers in tough financial circumstances.
Powerful Stories from Power of a Purse 2013
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DuPage, IL, Chapter 1 - Collected 183 purses for Poised for Success. We held the kick off to our Power of a Purse campaign at our pre-Mother's Day Brunch. We continued to collect purses and personal items through the month of May at each of our events, from playgroups to Moms' Night Out. A generous woman from our community, who read about POP last year and contacted us to ask how she could participate, held a purse party and invited her guests to bring a purse to donate to the campaign. Our final event featured a speaker from Poised for Success and was also a game night. Members broke into groups to play some financial trivia using information from the Power of a Purse Webinar. Teams earned additional points for "what's in your purse" questions for added fun.
Greater Summit Area, NJ, Chapter 14 - Held a meeting, "7 Financial Tips for Mothers," presented by Michele Hakes, financial advisor and member.
Summerville, SC, Chapter 15 - Collected 10 purses for a local nonprofit organization. We also collected travel-size toiletries to donate. Our May meeting was "Saving for College" by Rob Mendenall, President of The College Funding Center of SC, LLC
Milwaukee West, WI, Chapter 46 - Collected bras to benefit women and girls freed from sex trafficking and slavery.
Porter County, IN, Chapter 47 - Collected 20 purses for a local women and children's shelter. Total count included 15 totes filled with summer staples such as sunscreen, chalk, bubbles, and lotion along with wipes, hand santizer and notebooks, as well as five purses.
Broome-Tioga County, NY, Chapter 52 - Collected 920 purses for YWCA, SOS Shelter, A New Hope Center, Volunteers of America, Catholic Charities and Mom's House. We partnered with our local Weight Watchers location as a collection site. The staff were extremely enthusiastic and encouraging. For our May meeting, members benefitted from discussing financial information and resources drawn from www.womenandco.com.
Morris County, NJ, Chapter 66 - Collected 43 purses for a local nonprofit organization.
Metro East, IL, Chapter 126 - Collected 10 purses for Children's Home + Aid. We focused on collecting personal care/hygiene products as well as purses. We kicked off the campaign at our spring sale and had donation bins located at three different community businesses. We increased member interest and participation by having a competition between playgroups - the group that collected the most purses won a pizza party. We donated seven huge boxes of items. We also had a representative from Children's Home + Aid speak at a meeting.
Maplewood / S. Orange, NJ, Chapter 128 - Collected 175 purses for Irvington Family Development Center. We also collected wallets, makeup bags, and six large boxes of beauty items.
Findlay, OH, Chapter 151 - Collected kitchen supplies and hosted a dinner prepared by members for women in poverty.We also held a meeting on addressing the issue of poverty.
South Hills Pittsburgh, PA, Chapter 164 - Held a meeting on budgeting with Melissa Stein from Stein Wealth Advisors.
McMurray/Canonsburg, PA, Chapter 213 - Collected gently used purses and interview-worthy business apparel for Dress for Success and casual women's clothing for Washington Women's Shelter.
Cleveland West, OH, Chapter 292 - Held a chapter meeting about budgeting presented by the chapter's secretary. We also gathered together at a member's house and had a playdate for our children while watching the Power of a Purse webinar.
Greater New Haven, CT, Chapter 297 - Collected 67 purses for New Haven Home Recovery.
Capital Region, NY, Chapter 310 - We collected purses and personal items (pillows, sheets, toiletries, etc.). Several local businesses donate pizza, cupcakes, paper goods and supplies, and chips and soda for a party we gave for the residents of the Troy YWCA. Local Rotary clubs also donated small gift cards for groceries, and member Sar Medick's business, Tiny Tots Tea Room, provided entertainment and face painting for the children.
Edwardsville Area, , Chapter 369 - Collected 75 purses for Dress for Success and Good Samaritan House. We held a meeting, "Couponing 101," about ways to save money.
Sussex County, NJ, Chapter 375 - Collected 320 purses for Pathways to Prosperity (formerly CIRCLES) and DASI. We had eight collection boxes located around our county - all hosts from last year were excited to participate again this year. Robyn Jensen from Edward Jones presented at the kickoff meeting about mothers' financial woes, budgeting, and saving for your children's future.
Every mother has a story. The day we first laid eyes on our baby. The sleepless nights fretting over a sick child. The joy of watching our little ones grow. The choices we make every day to try to give our families the best possible lives. These stories weave together the tapestry of motherhood. But when do we share our “purse-onal” stories? How often do we sit down with a friend over a cup of coffee and say, “So, what have you done lately to plan for your retirement?” Or, “How’s it going with sticking to that budget you finally found time to create last month?”
To celebrate Power of a Purse 2013, we invited you to share your “purse-onal” stories. We heard about the memories that shaped your ideas about money. Your first piggy bank and how you filled it. What you did with the money you earned babysitting or flipping burgers. We heard about how you feel about your financial present and future, whether you are confident that you have the resources to provide for yourself in 10, 20, 30 years, and what would you do if you, or your partner, lost your job.
Now, this might not sound like as much fun as showing off your chic new purse, but, as women and mothers, we owe it to ourselves to have these discussions. Thank you for sharing your “purse-onal” stories. Keep in touch with our Power of a Purse Team at: email@example.com.
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