Human Services

Women Empowering Women Inc Wow

  • Menomonee Falls, WI
  • www.womenempoweringwomeninc.org

Mission Statement

Many single mothers who are working fail to qualify for many government benefit programs yet still fall incredibly short of providing adequately for their children. Whether it is a temporary situation, a displaced homemaker now on her own with her children, a domestic violence situation, or whatever situaition has brought them to our doorstep, we aim to help ANY single mother who may have fallen upon hard times and or have contintually just been "denied" other economic, educational or other types of assistance because they are working and thus do not qualify for assistance, but really do! We hope to offer these "forgotten" single mothers assistance in many forms from educational scholarships, free clothing for themselves and their families, gift cards for various items, educational forums to educate their minds and uplift their spirits.

Main Programs

  1. Educational Scholarship
  2. Fresh Start Thriftique
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

WOW is based in Wisconsin but serves areas throughout the United States by virtue of their annual scholarship that can be awarded to non-Wisconsin residents. 
 
However, WOW's in-house services and partnership with Fresh Start Thriftique are based in SE Wisconsin area.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms Susan Bates

Keywords

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single mom,free information,educational, scholarship,forums,gift cards,donations,working, spiritual,non-traditional degrees,children,thrift store,consignment store,donors

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Also Known As

WOW

EIN

45-0500181

 Number

0049944743

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Many single mothers as well as other women fall through the cracks and fail to qualify for many forms of government benefit programs yet fall incredibly short of providing adequately for their families.  The reasons for this may be many, but nevertheless the "system" to help those who want to help themselves, doesn't seem to exist. 
 
Whether a woman's needs are temporary or have been a long standing situation, WOW wants to support women in need so that they can get back on their feet, or on their feet for the very first time by lending a helping hand, yet not a hand out. 
 
We believe in creating a circle of help, we help a woman, in turn, she comes across an opportunity to help another women or family.   
 
Whether the situation is domestic abuse, struggling to find resources to return to school, need resources and don't know where to find them, need clothing and food assistance but can't afford them, etc, WOW either networks with other known agencies or offers services and assistance themselves to help single mothers and women in need.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Educational Scholarship

Goal is to award at least 10-15 annual scholarships to single mothers or women in need who are seeking educational scholarships to continue their education, re-continue their education, seeking education in non-traditional educational paths such as massage therapy, nail tech, esthetician, and whose length of durations may or may not be the traditional 2-4 years. 
 
Scholarships are not intended for post BA degree status or equivalent.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Single Parents

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 2

Fresh Start Thriftique

Open and operate a thrift/consignment store that will serve the community on many different fronts. 
 
Start-up costs are what are needed right now, however, once those costs are covered, the Thriftique will be a self containing entity that will also be one of the income producing vehicles assist WOW to provide more services to more women everywhere! 
 
1.  Will be a viable self-sustaining means to save time, money and efforts on fundraising as this store will turn a profit that will then in turn allow WOW to continue the current programs as well as develop new programs without constantly needing to fundraise to do so.  Some fundraising will still be necessary, however, the store's profit will aid tremendously in utilizing the talents and resouces of our volunteers to more effectively be able to deliver our services.
2.  Provide a place where single mothers and women in need can come and find items they need. If these women can not afford items, they can offer their time in return for them and thus by also learn the value and benefit of volunteering.
3.  The Thriftique can and will be utilized as an "Evolving Classroom" that can be used to teach women skills as basic as how to do inventory or as extensive as to learning all aspects involved in running a small business. 
4.  Provide a place where the community can shop and save money for their families.
5.  Provide a place that can be utilized as a place to recycle items no longer needed by other families, receive a tax donation credit for their troubles and lesson the load on Mother Earth!
6. Provide local jobs that are severely needed in the community.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

WOW is based in Wisconsin but serves areas throughout the United States by virtue of their annual scholarship that can be awarded to non-Wisconsin residents. 
 
However, WOW's in-house services and partnership with Fresh Start Thriftique are based in SE Wisconsin area.

Funding Needs

We need funding for the opening of our Thriftique consignment/resale store in Wisconsin.    We need start up items, and either a donated place to start out or a generously discounted lease arrangement for the first year.

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Principal Officer

Ms Susan Bates

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Founder, Susan Bates is a single mother of two boys.  Susan founded WOW due to her very personal experiences while struggling to support her family as a single mother yet unable to secure any type of grant assistance or help because her income was "considered" above poverty, however, in realty Susan was the "Working Poor".  So out of her frustration at the inequality of the situation, Susan founded WOW to help women gain access to scholarships for non-traditional education as well as shorter termed schooling.  These scholarships were also NOT solely dependent upon an certain income level, but rather than the "Need" of a woman, not a NUMBER."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Susan B Bates

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