With Thanksgiving and the holidays ramping up, She Spends wants to reflect on the year. Women, especially women of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community, have gone through the ringer. Sexual harassment and assault. Restrictive measures against our healthcare and birth control. Run-of-the-mill sexism and racism everywhere from the workplace to Twitter. She Spends is fighting back.
Powerful men are losing their jobs. The Affordable Care Act repeal failed, even when the GOP controls the Senate. We’re taking control of our finances. Women, more than ever before, are coming forward and telling their stories about sexual harassment and assault. We are thankful, but there is more work to be done.
Although She Spends readers value and prioritize charity work throughout the year, we want to do something special to cap off a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. She Spends is partnering with Bottomless Closet, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides women in the search for employment with clothes and resources.
“Bottomless Closet serves economically disadvantaged New York City women who are in need of assistance in securing a job,” according to the nonprofit’s website. “Our clients come from diverse backgrounds and experiences including women who are on public assistance, formerly incarcerated, single mothers, survivors of domestic violence and women living in shelters. In this challenging economy, the programming and services Bottomless Closet offers are more critical to our clients as they navigate the job market.”
While these resources are so necessary, sometimes it’s the little things like an eyeshadow palette or nail polish that brighten up a woman’s day. She Spends will be collecting unused toiletries (think: shampoo, body lotion, floss picks, tampons), cosmetics and skincare during November and December for Bottomless Closet. Amanda will put together cute gift bags for Bottomless Closet to hand out to its clients. Want to get involved? Here’s how:
Donate unused toiletries, skincare and cosmetics. Ninety-three percent of Bottomless Closet’s clients identify as African American, Hispanic or Other; please be cognizant of the foundation shades and styling products (for example) you donate. Depending on where you live, you can reach out to Amanda, Jemma or Alicia for the best delivery method.
Venmo Amanda (@amanda-eisenberg-2)! She will purchase items in bulk or supplement whatever the gift bag is missing, like if conditioner wasn’t donated as often as shampoo.
Other ways to get involved, especially if you don’t have the funds to donate at this time:
Pass along this link to your friends and family. Let them know how they can help.
Create a fundraiser on Facebook to raise money for Bottomless Closet.
If you’re based in New York, become a volunteer!
Our goal is to donate 50 awesome gift bags for Bottomless Closet before Dec. 31. Are you up for the challenge?