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Clutch for Cause

22 Feb

I am a woman who finds a purse I like and uses it until it falls apart.  But I know many women who have multiple purses they switch between or even stop using once the season passes.  Get those purses out of your closet for a great cause!

Clutch for Cause is an organization that is finding a new life for gently used purses.  They are a nonprofit organization focused on helping single parents and their children by acting as a referral service to numerous government agencies, legal services, organizations, and companies.  A parent may be looking for someone to talk to about getting child support, child custody, medical assistance, financial assistance, day care, or some other service.  Clutch can also help with questions about parental rights.

Clutch founder Amy Wollmuth is a single mother herself and is aware of the struggles single parenthood can cause at times.  She states, “the growing number of single parent households throughout the U.S. is alarming and something needs to be done to reverse the trend.  My goal in starting Clutch is to reach those who normally don’t ask for help and raise awareness that being a single parent is not an easy task by any means. In the end, it’s the amazing and innocent children that are missing out.  Clutch is here to help the parents so that they can continue to raise our next generation of strong, independent children.”

The goal at Clutch is to stay focused, be reliable and respectable. Amy continues, “We will continue to be motivated because we are working together to change lives.  As long as there are single parents raising amazing children, Clutch will be here to lend a helping hand and grow with them.”

Clutch is also in the process of setting up a support group for single parents.  This will be a regularly scheduled meeting situated in different communities throughout the Twin Cities, Minnesota metro area.  It will be an opportunity for parents to meet others in the same situation as them and provide everyone with a place to go to relax, have fun and help each other.  Children will be welcome at these meetings.

Clutch is giving Purses a better Purpose!  The purses serve as a fun marketing idea.  They provide a simple way to donate to Clutch – either by purchasing a purse or by giving some that have been tucked away in a closet.  According to Amy, “Our plan is to always use this idea for marketing, but not to rely on it for income.”

Clutch for Cause is based in Richfield, Minnesota and is currently available to help single parents throughout Minnesota.  They have plans to eventually expand their services across the United States.

How can you help?

  • Dig through your own closet and donate a gently used purse.
  • Make a monetary donation via their website.
  • Shop the Clutch eBay Store for purses!
  • Hold a purse collection drive.  The MN Women of Today have had purse donation drives that have collected over 250 purses so far. The MN School of Business and sororities at the University of Minnesota have also donated purses from holding their own purse drives.
  • Spread the word about Clutch for Cause by sharing this post.

Learn more about Clutch for Cause at their website, www.clutchforcause.org.  You can also follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Nonprofit Organization

 

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