OC2W identifies and supports select partners to enrich the lives of under privileged women by achieving the dignity of work, self-sufficiency, and restoring self esteem.
With limited resources due to the COVID chaos of 2020-2021, OCW2W provided over $28,700.00 of in-kind donations, including clothing, food, school supplies, and Christmas gift bags to Grandma’s House of Hope (GHH). “Thanks to compassionate loving people like you, our GHH participants enjoy hope by feeding thousands of hungry children and families” exclaimed Je’net Kreitner, CEO of Grandma’s House of Hope. " With your help and the support we increased our food distribution program, Nana's Kidz, over 400%. We have distributed 330,600 meals to families struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic. We could not have met our goal without OC Women2 Women! The gift bags that you lovingly put together for over 100 women in our Rescued and Restored housing program were treasured and so appreciated. You are such GREAT partners!
"Thanks to the dedication and support of OC Women to Women, we can continue to meet the critical needs in our community and bring people in desperate situations HOPE and vision of a brighter future. We can’t do this without compassionate people like YOU and your organization!" noted Virginia DePaola, Director of Community Programs and Volunteer Outreach, Grandma’s House of Hope. Virginia sees the impact first hand, especially the faces of over 100 women who received OCW2W Christmas Bags of Love stuffed with personal care items, perfume, clothing and even coats.
In 2021 OC Women2Women is raising funds and collaborating to provide needed goods and resources for Women Helping Women (WHW). Trina Fleming, CEO of WHW noted "The world of work continues to shift rapidly and we are grateful for the support of OC Women2Women in helping others navigate these shifts to build better lives for themselves and their families. Thank you for being part of the solution to community needs."
Trina Fleming, • Chief Executive Officer, Women Helping Women
Yumika Whitaker • Chief Development Officer, Women Helping Women
"Thank you for your generous support of the Mariposa Women and Family Center with your gift of the mobile wheelchair lift & the computer monitors. This donation will help us provide much needed https://www.mariposacenter.org/about-us/support for local women and families struggling with trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse and so much more." OCW2W also provided Christmas toy donations for children, bedding and window coverings for bedrooms.
"For over 40 years Mariposa has been a unique resource for women and families in Orange
County. The most vulnerable members of our community turn to us for help and we provide the services they need to bring stability to their lives."
Dr. Krista Driver • President/CEO • Mariposa
"On behalf of the homeless women and children we serve, Colette’s Children’s Home would like to express our gratitude to OC Women2Women and Karen Butera King for their compassion and generosity."
"Without the caring concern of groups like OC Women 2Women, Colette’s Children’s Home would be unable to provide the much needed support and services to homeless women and children throughout Orange County. Our ultimate goal for each client is to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain their own stable permanent housing. We look forward to continuing to partner with OCW2W to make a difference in the lives of the homeless women and children we serve."
William O’Connell Executive Director • Colette’s Children’s Home
Dear Karen and the wonderful ladies of OC Women2Women;
Here at WISEPlace we are so grateful for your dedication and kind contributions to help us be part of the solution for unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness. This is a population that is severely under-served and overlooked nationally and locally.
Elizabeth Hendershot • Development Manager • www.wiseplace.org
"Our partnership with OC Women 2 Women is one of the most remarkable ones that Working Wardrobes has developed in many years. Karen and her members have embraced our mission of helping empower those in need to overcome barriers and create career success.
This commanding powerful group of women understand the value of partnership on all levels, from fundraising to clothing drives and everything in between! We are very proud to partner with OC Women 2 Women and count the members as friends, donors, volunteers and wonderful supporters.
What might be fabric and thread to you is actually the first step on the road to self-
sufficiency for our clients. For that, we are truly thankful."
OCW2W also helped Working Wardrobes rebuild after it's devastating fire in 2020 through clothing donations.
Jerri Rosen CEO/Founder • Working Wardrobes Career Center
"OC Women2Women has been an integral component to the service and empowerment of female veterans in Orange County through their dedication and support of Veterans Legal Institute (VLI). In 2017 alone, VLI opened 275 individual cases for women veterans, due to finding from OC Women2Women, which helped us maintain proper female attorney staffing."
"OC Women2Women ensured the female voice I heard, leaving no women behind, by providing empowerment and educational services to mothers, sisters, daughters, warriors."
Antoinette Balta, Esq., LLM • President and Co-Founder • Veterans Legal Institute
Karen Butera, President of OC Women 2Women, received the VLI Community Partner of the Year award at the September 2018 VLI American Patriots Ball. Read more HERE...
We are deeply grateful for OCWomen2Women! "HOPE International thanks the women of OC Women2Women for their generous financial support over the last 4 years! "
"You have made it possible for HOPE to serve women in 15 of the most under-served countries around the world, where poverty is crushing and financial services extremely limited. Because of your generosity, over 2,700 entrepreneurs, have started or expanded their businesses. HOPE International looks forward to a continuing partnership with OC Women2Women, and reaching more women and children who need the services HOPE provides through the local church, HOPE partnerships and ownership of Micro.finance Institutions around the globe."
Holly Wylie • Regional Representative • HOPE International