Local nonprofit organizations across the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area have been stepping up to assist those affected by COVID-19. One, in particular, is ‘She Believes in Me’ located in Herndon, Virginia that is founded by Renee Gorman. ‘She Believes in Me’ offers elementary age at-risk girls the opportunity to participate in events designed to encourage, inspire, and empower through field trips and monthly events. Gorman is an elementary school counselor herself so she has a background in caring, listening, and understanding young girls. Schools only provide support while students are in class, but it was Gorman that knew that young girls needed more.
Prior to COVID-19, ‘She Believes in Me’ held one of their largest events to date. These monthly events were about providing young girls with life skills. When girls are given these tools at a young age it allows them to be better equipped to handle things that arise in the future. Some of the skills included relationship skills, self-esteem, mental health, physical health, and emotional health.
Once COVID-19 hit, everything changed. Gorman was unable to meet the girls like she was used to which led her to revamp her strategy. She began to notice the need for food in the community with so many families out of work with very little income. Gorman put together several packs of food which turned into way more than she anticipated. She moved the setup into her garage for a while and eventually to Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA.
Gorman and her volunteers have been able to supply food and household items for over 6,000 local families and consistently serve close to 50 families a week. Her husband, Victor Gorman, nominated her for ABC 7’s Helping Hands segment with Easterns Automotive Group. Helping Hands highlights individuals who are doing great work within the community. ABC 7 WJLA cameras were able to surprise her with a $1,500 donation from Easterns Automotive Group. Joel Bassam of Easterns was able to deliver the message to Gorman and volunteers. This money will allow ‘She Believes in Me’ her to continue supporting young girls and also feed families in need affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the video to see how everything unfolded.
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