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To say we run this organization on a shoestring would be an understatement.
In fact, we run it on love and determination.

To say we run this organization on a shoestring would be an understatement.
In fact, we run it on love and determination.

We're able to do this because of people like you.
(Yes you.)

To say we run this organization on a shoestring would be an understatement.
In fact, we run it on love and determination.

Our staff and board are committed to their core to supporting these women and their families on their journey out of poverty. 

We do whatever it takes, and the more you support WACCS with your financial support, critical resources and gift of time, the more we can accomplish.

We're able to do this because of people like you.
(Yes you.)

To say we run this organization on a shoestring would be an understatement.
In fact, we run it on love and determination.

Our staff and board are committed to their core to supporting these women and thei...read more

Foundation Supporters

Financial support from local friends and national organizations makes our work possible.

Financial support from local friends and national organizations makes our work possible.

Foundation Supporters

A local organization helping local women change their lives.
Is there anything better?

Financial support makes our work possible. WACCS is forever grateful to these organizations for helping to fund our work.

Foundation Grants WACCS has received:

100+ Women Who Care of Washoe County
Bank of America Foundation
The Bretzlaff Foundation
E.L. Cord Foundation
Community Foundation of Western Nevada
Dermody Properties Foundation
Junior League of Reno
Roxie and Azad Joseph Foundation
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Nevada Women’s Fund
NV Energy Foundation
Reno Rodeo Foundation
Terry Lee Wells Foundation
US Bank Foundation
Walmart Foundation – State Giving Program
The Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society
John Ben Snow Memorial Trust
The Charles H. Stout Foundation
Twentieth Century Club

 

Foundation Supporters

A local organization helping local women change their lives.
Is there anything better?

Financial support makes our work possible. WACCS is forever grateful to these organizations for helping to fund our work.

Foundation Grants WACCS has received:

100+ Women Who Care of Washoe County
Bank of America Foundation
The Bretzlaff Foundation
E.L. Cor...read more
Volunteer

"I’ve been there. I’ve been one of those people who was embarrassed to ask anybody for anything. I felt like your private stuff should stay private. To feel so welcome and be able to just let it out, it felt so good."

– Patty, WACCS participant & staff member

"I’ve been there. I’ve been one of those people who was embarrassed to ask anybody for anything. I felt like your private stuff should stay private. To feel so welcome and be able to just let it out, it felt so good."

– Patty, WACCS participant & staff member

Volunteer

Help transform women’s lives by providing the tools they need to escape poverty.

Volunteer
We count on volunteers to help us fulfill our mission of raising women out of poverty. Our volunteers help in so many ways including tutoring our students, stocking the Diaper Bank, providing childcare and coordinating GED classes. If you want to help, we can find a way to put your talents to work.

Help we know we can use:

  • Tutors
  • Data entry support
  • Work with kids – provide kid’s activities and supervise play
  • Diaper drive organizers
  • ESL teachers

Other support:

  • If you have a talent that you believe could benefit the women and children our organization serves, please let us know! 

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our office at (775) 825-7395.

Volunteer

Help transform women’s lives by providing the tools they need to escape poverty.

Volunteer
We count on volunteers to help us fulfill our mission of raising women out of poverty. Our volunteers help in so many ways including tutoring our students, stocking the Diaper Bank, providing childcare and coordinating GED classes. If you want to help, we can find a way to put your talents to work.

Help we know we can use:

Donate Diapers

"Women that attend classes or work with our Gateway to success program can receive free diapers."
— Pam Russel, WACCS Executive Director 

"Women that attend classes or work with our Gateway to success program can receive free diapers."
— Pam Russel, WACCS Executive Director 

Donate Diapers

Why focus on diapers?

We welcome you to drop off new diapers (full or partial packs or singles) at our Diaper Bank during operating hours.

WACCS is the only program in our region that provides a regular supply of diapers to low-income families. There is a high correlation between the lack of diapers and a mother’s mental health including depression, display of punitive behaviors when interacting with children, and feelings of inadequacy, incompetence, and impatience with babies who are cranky from staying too long in a dirty diaper.  

A study conducted by Yale University found that an inadequate supply of diapers was a stronger predictor of a mother’s mental health needs than lack of food. According to the study’s principal author, Megan Smith, Doctor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Public Health, an adequate supply of diapers is a modifiable mental health risk factor. Babies exposed to wearing dirty diapers become angry and may develop detachment disorders because their caregiver is not meeting their needs. For mothers wanting to enter the workforce, diapers can be an obstacle to care, as most daycare facilities require mothers to bring a diaper supply.

Health concerns for babies are also tied to diapers. Mothers who do not have enough diapers are forced to clean out dirty diapers and reuse them, a dangerous practice which can lead to serious skin rashes and urinary tract infections (UTIs). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies with untreated UTIs can suffer serious kidney damage. Additional health consequences include scarring, poor growth, and high blood pressure.

Donate Diapers

Why focus on diapers?

We welcome you to drop off new diapers (full or partial packs or singles) at our Diaper Bank during operating hours.

WACCS is the only program in our region that provides a regular supply of diapers to low-income families. There is a high correlation between the lack of diapers and a mother’s mental health including depression, di...read more

Donate

"I want people to know this place is here, that they’re willing to help you with anything. Not just with English classes, not just with finding work, but they go above and beyond to find you the help that you need.”

– Patty Sanchez, WACCS Participant & Staff Member

"I want people to know this place is here, that they’re willing to help you with anything. Not just with English classes, not just with finding work, but they go above and beyond to find you the help that you need.”

– Patty Sanchez, WACCS Participant & Staff Member

Your donation helps a woman and her family build a bridge out of poverty.

WACCS operates with a minimal budget and just one full-time and four part-time employees. We are able to keep the door open with the support of grants and donations from caring people like you.

 

“What better could you do with your time and your money than to help underprivileged women make a better life for themselves and their children?”

— Teri Sandoval, Education Coordinator, WACCS

Our participants are successful because of the generosity of individuals and organizations throughout our community. Donations in small amounts and large, in diapers to out Diaper Bank, in supplies, and in time and energy help us fulfill our mission.

In addition to monetary donations (which we greatly appreciate!), WACCS can also use supplies that help our participants live more independent lives including diapers, clothing and school supplies.

As an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, your donation to WACCS may be tax deductible.

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Your donation helps a woman and her family build a bridge out of poverty.

WACCS operates with a minimal budget and just one full-time and four part-time employees. We are able to keep the door open with the support of grants and donations from caring people like you.

 

Wish List

Little things can make a big difference. Help us help women in need in this community. 

Little things can make a big difference. Help us help women in need in this community. 

Help us turn our Wish List into a “Stuff We Have To Give” list.

Wish List

The following items are needed to distribute to the under-resourced women we serve. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps and are difficult to afford when living at or below the poverty level. By supplying women in need with these items, you are helping families maintain clean and healthy living environments.

Diapers – All sizes are needed, although sizes 4, 5, and 6 are in highest demand.

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Dish soap/sponges

Zip lock bags/saran wrap

All-purpose cleaning products such as PineSol, Fabuloso, etc.

Cleansers like Soft Scrub, Comet

Trash bags (large and medium)

Laundry Soap

Dryer Sheets or Fabric Softener

Shampoo/Conditioner

Hair Brushes

Feminine Hygiene Products

Bath soap

Body lotion

Toothpaste/toothbrushes/floss

The following supplies help us run our office and serve the women in our community better:

Toilet paper

Paper towels (roll or trifold)

Dish soap/sponges

All-purpose cleaning products such as PineSol, Fabuloso, etc

Trash bags (large and medium)

Post-its (pop-up and regular)

Scotch tape (that really cheap stuff I purchased last time is making people irritable)

Paper clips and binder clips

Liquid Hand Soap

Copy Paper (white and any color)

Copier ink Epson 676 (Black)

Snacks for Children – juice boxes and single serve snacks

Help us turn our Wish List into a “Stuff We Have To Give” list.

Wish List

The following items are needed to distribute to the under-resourced women we serve. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps and are difficult to afford when living at or below the poverty level. By supplying women in need with these items, you are helping families maintain clean and healthy living environments.

Diapers – All sizes are needed, although sizes 4, 5, and 6 ...read more