A local non-profit organization is seeking help from the public and philanthropists to help fund its programs which provide a multitude of services to the community.

Women Working with Women is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “reclaim our communities through education, empowerment, strengthening and betterment of women and families,” said Belinda Smith, who founded organization in 2013.

Free food, clothing, vocational training, education and personal development workshops, medical screenings, prevention of domestic violence and other programs aimed at improving the lives of families and women are just a few of the programs offered by the group. , said Smith.

Funding is a constant struggle, however, and organizers fear they will not have the resources to continue delivering life-improving programs. Smith said they get grants, but mostly depend on donations, money out of pocket, help from their families, and faith in God.

“We never know how we’ll continue to deliver programs,” Smith said. “We have faith that God will provide. For nine years in a row God has provided, and we know God will do it for us. If we do good for people and serve people, God will make a difference. “

The group will be offering another of its many food gifts in partnership with FarmShare USA on December 18 at the Gainesville Airport property off Northeast Waldo Road, just north of 39th Avenue. While the food offered in such giveaways is free, the cost of putting them is not free, Smith said.

Every time the group hosts a large-scale event, they pay $ 750 for $ 2 million in insurance coverage so everyone at the site is covered, Smith said, adding that 1,500 to 2,000 families are fed during the gifts.

Smith provided an overview of the expenses incurred by the group to provide services. For example, the rental of trucks to transport equipment to and from food distribution locations is $ 480 per year, the rent for the storage of refrigerators, freezers, tents, tables, signage and a public address system is $ 800 per year and office rent is $ 400 per month.

Brenda Brown, a volunteer for the group, said her daughter Sonya Brown Cooms, 31, participated in the organization’s personal development program, received job training and quickly landed a job.

“She has a paid job with benefits and is fortunate to get a job that allows her to pick up and drop off her kids at school,” Brown said. “Quality and affordable childcare is a real issue for active people.