Women Giving Back held a special Cinco de Mayo party Thursday night. The volunteer organization celebrated the expansion of its Sterling store that provides free clothing to women in need.
Located at 20 Export Drive, the store has doubled in size, thanks to work and contributions of HomeAid Northern Virginia.
Don Knutson, of the Knutson Companies, served as the building captain for the project.
Knutson said his company is fairly new and fairly small, but is dedicated to giving back to the community. He also is a cofounder of HomeAid, a coalition of developers and contractors in the region that has completed more than 100 community projects valued at more than $13.5 million during the past 15 years.
“This is a celebration. I feel good. I feel good every time we do this and I think everybody in this room should feel good about what they are doing through Women Giving Back and HomeAid,” Knutson said. “We are very proud to be associated with the project.”
WGB President Terri Stagi said the organization is powered by the passion of the all-volunteer board and staff.
“All the clothing in here is given to the women and children in crisis for free. We do not charge. Everything is donated,” Stagi said. “The amount of passion you
see around this room is pretty incredible.”
The WGB mission is to build confidence and self-esteem among women and children in shelters or transitional programs by providing high-quality clothing. The store is open to clients referred by case workers on the second Saturday of each month or by appointment.
“It makes a difference obviously to you clients, but I want to let you know that I believe it makes a difference to the entire community—all of Sterling and all of Loudoun County,” Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard said. “I’m pleased to see so many of our businesses that have stepped up and given of their time, energy, talent and money, and plenty of all of the above to make this a reality. An all-volunteer effort—that is really commendable.”
Also joining the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony were U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines (D) and HomeAid President Greg Carter, of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.