Our Mission

To you, that purse no longer serves its purpose, so it sits in the back of your closet. To another woman, it can provide a renewed purpose.  The start of a better future.  Knowing she is valued and loved.  Hope.

My ChangePurses acquires gently-used purses, fills them with feminine hygiene products, and donates them to organizations who support the vulnerable female population in Central and Southwest Ohio.

Our mission is to empower women to turn their vulnerabilities into possibilities and remind them they are not alone or forgotten.

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My ChangePurses is honored to partner with Toward Independence in Xenia, Ohio to accomplish our goals. Their volunteers and clients supply the manpower necessary to build the purses before being delivered to local shelters.

Toward Independence, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that provides a full range of services and support programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Their mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to experience the fullest life possible by providing person-centered supports which enable them to integrate into a variety of settings within their community. Founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated parents and professionals, their agency has assisted over 190 individuals in fulfilling their personal needs, choices, hopes and dreams during our years of operation. It is their enduring goal to honor the work and dignity of each individual they serve. They currently serve over 160 individuals in Greene, Hamilton, and Montgomery counties in Ohio.

My ChangePurses has been blessed to partner with Artemis Center in Dayton, Ohio since 2017. Through incredible generosity, we have been able to consistently donate packed purses to the women receiving care and services through this wonderful organization.

In June 1985, a small group of women, often working without pay, started Artemis House (now Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence) to provide advocacy services beyond the traditional housing and safety offered by battered women’s shelters. For over three decades, Artemis has served more than 95,000 victims of domestic violence and their children, providing crisis intervention, safety planning, education, and emotional and material support. Artemis Center empowers victims of domestic violence to make decisions and choices that will allow them to achieve and maintain safety for themselves and their children. By working collaboratively with other community resources, Artemis Center advocates are able to coordinate needed services for victims. Additionally, through collaboration with the justice, child welfare and healthcare systems, as well as other systems partners, and through community education and advocacy programs, Artemis has been instrumental in the development and implementation of community-wide best practice responses to domestic violence.

Mission: Leading the Community in Its Commitment to End Domestic Violence

Since 2018, My ChangePurses has proudly partnered with Women Helping Women in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through incredible generosity, we have been able to consistently donate packed purses to the women receiving care and services through this wonderful organization.

Established in 1973, WHW continues to strive towards its vision that a world without gender-based violence is possible and that all members of our caring community can live in a world of equality, health, and vitality.

WHW is the leading agency in a four-county region serving nearly 6,000 survivors a year, whenever and wherever they need us most. WHW also strongly believes that we must collectively work together to prevent violence from ever happening in the first place. Through its prevention programming, WHW empowers over 4,400 students per year in over 25 schools with healthy relationship education and prevention of dating and sexual violence strategies.

Mission: to prevent gender-based violence and to empower all survivors.

Since 2021, MCP has had the honor of partnering with YWCA Dayton.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton is the oldest social services organization supporting women and children in Montgomery County, Ohio. We are a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support.

At YWCA Dayton, we:

  • Operate the only domestic violence shelters and rape crisis center in Montgomery and Preble Counties, as well as the area’s longest-running 24/7 crisis hotline: 937-222-SAFE, which responds to more than 7,000 calls every year.
  • Provide affordable housing and support services for women and families who are victims of abuse or experiencing sudden or chronic homelessness. In 2020, 318 individuals in 169 households were helped by YW’s four housing assistance programs.
  • Empower teens to explore and achieve their highest potential through Girls LEAD!, a signature curriculum of educational and prevention outreach programming, and engage men and boys in preventing violence against women and girls through AMEND Together, an in-school prevention education program.
  • Advocate for legislative priorities that address racial justice and civil rights, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s health and safety. In just the past two years, YWCA Dayton has endorsed 30 pieces of legislation and met with 28 public officials.

Each year, YWCA Dayton’s domestic violence shelter provide more than 15,000 nights of stay to those fleeing abuse. On average, more than half of the women in our domestic violence shelters arrive with one or more children, and on a typical day, we serve around 30 youth in our shelter children’s program. Helping these families secure safe, permanent housing is critical, since we know that children exposed to violence in the home are 15 times more likely to be physically and/or sexually assaulted than the national average (Source: UNICEF).

Moving toward stability can be an arduous process for survivors of violence, often requiring documentation gathering, additional education, new employment, and child care, while simultaneously working to heal from trauma. In addition to wraparound case management services, YWCA Dayton’s onsite thrift shop – Hope’s Closet – supports women and families during their shelter stay by ensuring they have the clothing and hygiene necessities they need to focus on a healthy future. From providing pajamas and toothpaste to the family who just arrived in the middle of the night to helping a mom feel dressed for success before her job interview, every donation YWCA Dayton receives supports a survivor on their path toward safety.

For more information, visit www.ywcadayton.org.

Mission: YWCA Dayton is On a Mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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Your Donation

Your generosity, in any capacity, is beyond appreciated. Please know you are directly impacting a woman’s life by your simple gesture.

Please contact us by email for drop off or shipping instructions.

If you wish to donate financially, please note the cost to fill each purse is approximately $30.

This cost includes one (1) of each “Product” and two (2) “Food” items.

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NOTE: MCP is a non-profit organization. All financial donations will receive a letter from MCP for tax purposes.

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Board Of Directors
Board Of Directors
(from left to right) Chanelle Wilson, Anna Schadler, Rachel Baney, and Lauren Unglesby