FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - At a presentation on the morning of #GivingTuesday 2018, Vera Bradley gifted the YWCA of Northeast Indiana $50,000.
Holly Ryan, the Media Manager for Vera Bradley, says the company donates to 40+ organizations throughout the area each year and they chose to give the YWCA this money because they wanted to help an organization that makes a big impact in the community.
Ryan said, “Giving is at the core of who we are and what our mission is, and with the YWCA, their mission is to support women and children and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do at Vera Bradley. So, partnering with them, being able to give them $50,000 is a gift to really be able to enrich the community and what they’re doing for the community made a ton of sense for Vera Bradley.”
Throughout their 6 county service area over 13,000 individuals walk through the doors of a Northeast Indiana YWCA every year. The donation made by Vera Bradley will allow the YWCA to continue providing services to those in need.
One of those services is the emergency shelter for domestic violence victims, which is in need of support according to YWCA CEO Paula Hughes-Schuh.
“We have a shelter here that is equipped for 66 beds, but our census has been running at over 100 people for the last several months. So, the timing of this gift, an extra $50,000 helps us feed all those mouths, create shelter, create bedding, and clothes and it’s really just taking care of all of those extra people that are coming to us right now,” Hughes-Schuh said.
Other services that’ll benefit will be the Hope House, an on-sight addiction recovery center and educational programs to help adults apply for jobs and get back on their feet.
The YWCA say they're grateful for the gift, being able to turn "Giving Tuesday" into giving, everyday.