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Dear Friend of The Woman’s Exchange,

As I reflect on the last year, I am filled with immense gratitude and pride. I am grateful for you – our incredibly supportive community – and I am proud of the tremendous accomplishments our organization has achieved in the face of ongoing adversity. The Woman’s Exchange of St. Louis has not just survived but has found unique ways to thrive while remaining steadfastly committed to our mission of helping those in need lead financially stable, productive lives.

 Founded in 1883, by women for women, The Woman’s Exchange of St. Louis is a volunteer led not-for-profit organization. If history has taught us anything, it’s that we are a story of resilience. Since our founding, we have persevered through wars, depressions, and pandemics to uphold our commitment to our artisans and the greater community, through two main programs: Artisan Relations and the Immigrant Training Program. Every dollar spent at our tearoom and retail shop enables us to provide a foundation of support for these artisans and program participants, creating an empowering culture for women. We truly believe that when our community comes together, there is nothing we cannot achieve.

Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, donors, wonderful employees, and artisans, we have achieved some outstanding accomplishments this past year. But now is not the time to rest. Many people who were food insecure or at risk of food insecurity before the COVID-19 pandemic continue to face great hardships.

The Woman’s Exchange is proud to help these individuals by offering competitive wages, job flexibility and benefits, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help to continue our important work. I humbly ask you to please join us in furthering our mission by making a donation today.

A gift of:

·         $100 helps cover the cost of shipping fabric to homebound sewing artisans

·         $250 allows food artisans to use our Artisan Kitchen for free

·         $500 provides one month of language translation services for immigrants and refugees

·         $1,000 allows us to provide an intern stipend for students

Thank you!


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