The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is out to help spread awareness of domestic & financial abuse in our community, and raise funds to support New Choices, our economic empowerment program that supports survivors, women, and their families on their path to professional, financial, and emotional self-sufficiency.

In September 2018, the YWCA’s community was hit by Hurricane Florence. The storm has devastated many in Wilmington and our surrounding counties. Many New Choices participants have suffered significant loss of wages, loss of personal property and basic necessities, loss of safe and stable housing, and for some total loss of their homes. In the wake of natural disasters, incidents of domestic abuse are shown to increase. Many survivors are forced back into abusive relationships because they see no other option. Many lack vital resources and feel powerless and uncertain of how to rebuild.

The following October, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear raised over $20,000 to support survivors of domestic & financial abuse recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Donations received during the Purple Purse Challenge will help women and children through childcare scholarships, safe housing for displaced families, and emergency funds for future needs as they rebuild from the storm. Our New Choices program will continue to support the efforts of these women as they pursue their educational, professional, and financial goals.

We thank everyone who supported and donated to our Purple Purse Challenge! The impact of your generosity is felt not only in our organization but in the homes of these women and their families.