The Bands of Hope, a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged single women with children, was founded in 2011 by two friends who dreamed of “giving back” to the community, in a way that was fun and exciting at the same time. They used their talent for entertaining and hosting to start a Charity event that would help bring their dream to fruition. Both Gilda Smith and Debra London, mothers and grandmothers, know first-hand the struggle that single mothers have in providing for their children in the most basic of ways. Not to mention the personal struggles that almost always preclude single motherhood. Within eight months of making their dream a bona fide commitment, they were hosting their first Charity Christmas Gala in December of 2012. They quickly realized the need to “give back” was important to almost every one of their friends and constitutes – so they decided to make their commitment “official” and received a 501 (c)(3) designation for the Bands of Hope effective May 2013. Immediately thereafter, a board of directors was installed to provide organized support and direction.
"The Organizations “Annual Charity Gala” is held during the holiday season, and benefits a deserving non-profit group with a platform that supports our purpose statement."
Their primary mission is to provide social support to single women with children and financial support, from contributions and tax deductible donations, to non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations that are organized and operated for charitable purposes. The activities of the Bands of Hope are directed toward empowering women to be a successful member of society in cities where disadvantaged women with children can be benefited. Our fundraising events provide contributions to other non-profit groups whose mission is to educate, train and/or otherwise provide services to women and children in a way that improves the individuals place in society and quality of life.
While Bands of Hope is still in its infancy, we know that our vision was God given and he has blessed our efforts tremendously. “Our commitment to the community is strong and we are still enjoying the fun and excitement of the Gala” says Debra and Gilda. “What’s not to be excited about – sharing your blessings with those less fortunate, getting all dressed up and celebrating with like-minded people – during the most sacred time of the year – the time of giving? I prepare for this all year long” says Gilda. We have plans underway for expanding our fundraising events in the future which will include a Golf Tournament, geared toward providing self-esteem building seminars for young mothers in the community.