100 girls and young women who have lost mothers provided mentors

White text in the upper left says, "This Mother’s Day, we are sharing a $20,000.00 investment to provide 100 girls and young women who have lost their mothers with mentors–women who have lived through the loss of their own mothers. The Together Rising logo is in the lower lefthand corner. On the right side, a mentor in a paisley patterned bright red and navy blue dress and young woman in a burgundy dress are hugging and laughing together.
Photo Credit: empowerHER. Image Description: White text in the upper left says, “This Mother’s Day, we are sharing a $20,000.00 investment to provide 100 girls and young women who have lost their mothers with mentors–women who have lived through the loss of their own mothers. The Together Rising logo is in the lower lefthand corner. On the right side, a mentor in a paisley patterned bright red and navy blue dress and young woman in a burgundy dress are hugging and laughing together.

This Mother’s Day, we are thinking not only of those for whom this day brings joy, but also of those for whom this day is hard—including those who never had the mothers they needed, or who have lost mothers and maternal figures.

Through Together Rising, you invested $20,000.00 in empowerHER, an organization that supports young women and girls who have lost their mothers by providing dedicated, caring mentors—women who have lived through the loss of their own mothers, who have been right where these girls and young women are.

Lena, one of the young women in the mentorship program, lost her mother to cancer when she was fourteen. She joined the program four years ago. When asked how it has impacted her, she said: 

“It changed my outlook on everything. In high school, if you lose your mom, that becomes what defines you—you become the girl whose mom passed away.  But I’ve learned that’s not what defines you, it’s your strength and how you handle adversity.”

Your investment is supporting 100 girls and young women like Lena—and so many more. 

To our wonderful community: Whether today is a joyful day or a hard day or a mixture of both or neither, we are holding space for you.