We know you’re just like us. You love to make a difference in someone else’s day. Whether it’s holding a door open for a stranger, or running a half marathon to raise money for a good cause, you’re all in when it comes to paying it forward. This Mother’s Day, we want to pay it forward for single moms.
Women and Poverty
Single moms are true heroes, but their lives aren’t easy. Raising kids with little support is not just mentally exhausting, but financially challenging. According to the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, women are still 35% more likely than men to be poor, with single mothers facing the greatest risk of all.
Single mothers often do not have the resources to escape the cycle of poverty. The Pew Research Center recently reported that 80% of single moms lack a college degree, limiting their access to well-paying jobs. But getting a degree requires expensive childcare and sacrificing time on the job (which means less income). It’s a catch-22. That’s why upward mobility seems so difficult for single moms. Single moms shouldn’t have to decide between affording childcare and an education.
Education is a Game Changer
As a single mother, Kimberly faced domestic violence, homelessness, and chronic poverty. She worked minimum wage jobs to survive. Kimberly dreamed of a better life for herself and her daughter. After years of struggling, Kimberly decided to go back to school to make a better life for herself and her daughter.
Through our Live Your Dream Awards, which helped her tuition and childcare costs, Kimberly was able to transform her life, becoming the first person in her family to graduate college! Now, Kimberly works as an educator, has a stable home, and can make sure her daughter never has to face the same hardships she did. Her success is an inspiring example of what can happen when we invest in moms.
Paying It Forward
This Mother’s Day, you can provide single moms access to education. Every dollar you give will directly help women, like Kimberly, reach their educational goals so they can provide for themselves and their families.
A Mother’s Day Gift That Helps Moms
By supporting education for one mom today, you are providing life-changing support for generations to follow. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day?