Hi. I'm Antonella and earlier this year, I started a charity called Provision Promise. A year ago, I went to Amarillo College and spent time with my friend Russell after I joined the Advisory Council at North Texas Food Bank.
While I was there, I learned that a lot of community college students and others don't have access to the things we take for granted - soap, toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, and other essentials. I had never thought about this before, and learned that food stamps / SNAP doesn't cover these items.
Here's a picture of the hygiene pantry on campus that inspired our nonprofit:
Since they're expensive, a lot of students do without and end up skipping class, which interferes with their ability to earn more income by completing their education. (We did a survey - 46% have skipped class due to not having personal hygiene items!)
I couldn't stop thinking about it, and decided to use my business experience to start a nonprofit that's capable of scaling. We are now a federally approved 501(c)3 organization.
Our model is technology-focused and allows us to preserve dignity, give people the power of choice so that they can pick the items that they need, and doesn't require us to store a lot of items or use countless volunteers.
I decided to start with community college students since there's a huge need, and we can also see results quickly.
It would mean a lot to me, Russell, and our other co-founders if you'd support us so that we can bring attention to this incredibly critical cause. Every amount matters.
You can find us at Provision Promise
Thanks so much.
Want to join me in making a difference?
I'm raising money to benefit Provision Promise, and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.
More information about Provision Promise:
Provision Promise's mission is to provide essential personal hygiene products that enable individuals and families to focus on their well-being and education so that they can move past generational poverty. SNAP / Food stamps don't cover basics like toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo, so an alternative is needed to provide dignity and inspire confidence needed to stay in school and jobs.