Public, Society Benefit

Giving Words Inc

Louisa, VA

Mission

Giving struggling mothers and their children words of hope and hands that help PROVIDE single or young mothers with the necessary tools to raise their children in a healthy and productive environment SHARE a message of hope through encouragement, fellowship. and education NURTURE the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual development of children GUIDE young women to then give of themselves, to their community and their world

Ruling Year

2018

Executive Director

Samuel Edward Brown III

Assistant Director

Mrs. Virginia M Brown

Main Address

PO Box 1211

Louisa, VA 23093 USA

Keywords

Single Mother, Children

EIN

82-3581429

 Number

4670852004

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There are about 9 million households in the United States that are headed by single mothers and a third of them live in poverty. Additionally, the poverty threshold for a family of three is about half of what is needed to meet a survival budget according to the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Project. With the average income of about $45,000 a year for a single parent household, most single mothers are just surviving, and as little as one emergency of $500 can derail an already constrained budget. Currently, we want to serve single mothers with an identifiable financial, material, or social need in Central Virginia who are struggling to provide for their children. Most of the time, the children are minors, but if a parent is responsible for an adult child with disabilities, she is also eligible. Many of these mothers will be near or below the poverty threshold and may or may not be eligible for government services.

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Our programs

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Auto Care Assistance Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Total number of grants awarded

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Parents

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Auto Care Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

2019: Bama Grant (Dave Matthews Band), Louisa Community Fund Grant and American Woodmark Grant

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Parents

Related program

Auto Care Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Parents

Related program

Auto Care Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Parents

Related program

Auto Care Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Parents

Related program

Auto Care Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our mission of Giving Words is to provide single or young mothers with the necessary tools to raise their children in a healthy and productive environment; share a message of hope through encouragement, fellowship. and education; nurture the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual development of children; and finally guide young women to then give of themselves, to their community, and their world.

Our primary strategy is to create partnerships within the community and to then assist mothers in navigating these resources. First, we defined the needs and one quickly became clear: reliable transportation. To maximize our funds and increase community support, Eddie quickly set about to find resources that could come together to meet this constant need. Partnerships with school systems, garages, auto parts stores, dealerships, glass companies, tow companies, and upholsterers created a bank of partnerships that we can draw on for the mothers. Second, we created an opportunity to reduce the expenses of household, clothing and baby items. We are developing spaces where a mother can donate or receive clothing, appliances, baby items, or furniture. Also, we have developed local partnerships to both receive donated appliances and repair appliances for the cost of materials. Third, we have established partnerships with churches, counselors, other non-profits, crisis management organizations, financial trainers, and the local community college to connect our mothers to other resources so that each one can grow in the areas that will lead to long-term changes.

Currently, we have an automobile program that either repairs vehicles for single mothers or gives a car to a mother in need. In cooperation between Louisa County Public Schools, AutoZone, and five local garages, Giving Words is able to repair cars for the cost of parts and repair donated cars that can then be given away. Eddie Brown, the co-founder of Giving Words, coordinates all repairs and deliveries and Giving Words absorbs the cost of the auto parts, so mothers can have their cars fixed free of charge. Regular repairs can be turned around usually in 24 hours, once the parts and car has been delivered to the school or auto shop. Typically, repairing a donated vehicle takes about a 2 weeks before we can give it away, but can vary based on time of year and extent of repairs. Last year we gave away eight cars (6 in Louisa, and 2 in Charlottesville); both of these numbers exceeded our goal. Additionally, we have clothing and baby items housed in the basement of a local church that mothers can access on request. Additionally, we have partnered with local consignment shops to offer gift certificates for mothers and their children in exchange for clothing donations In the Central Virginia area, over 60 businesses and churches have partnered with us in some way to support these mothers.

We track all of our progress through a specially designed software program through Apricot Social Solutions. We are able to track mothers, services, donations, funds, and volunteers through this program and can track our progress and even relative effectiveness in different areas. For example, we know how many times we have worked on someone’s car, how much money we spent, and whether or not a mother has participated in any of our events or classes. Each year we set goals based on the areas in which we have partnerships and the types of partnerships. For example, in 2019, we doubled our aim and then doubled the outcome of how many cars we want to repair and give away. This year, we have also set goals to increase our reach. We have already expanded our team to include three other care team members who will each oversee three counties. This expansion should lead to a multiplying increase over the next few years, and our software will be able to track it all.

In 2019, we repaired 30 cars, gave away 8, and insured or titled 3. Additionally, we completed minor repairs at 6 homes, provided rental assistance for 2, and utilities for 1. In partnership with a local church and several local businesses, we also provided Christmas gifts for all of our mothers and children, over 120 people. Rental assistance is widely offered in our area, but the services are overrun and largely ineffective in creating any long-term solution. We are currently exploring ways to cooperate with our local board of supervisors and local high school's technical education program, and other non-profits in the area to address the affordable housing issue. We are looking into various ways facilitating co-housing and co-living, maybe through a tiny house community. Finally, we want to increase community involvement, so we have started a class called OneLife, which individualizes strategies to improve finances first and then other areas of a mother’s life that needs improvement.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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