Who We Are
Butterfly Wings is a 501C3 nonprofit with a mission of giving to those experiencing financial hardship. Created in 2015, Butterfly Wings works to upcycle self-care and household items for children and adults in need by utilizing overstocked or gently damaged items. From shampoo to dryer sheets, these products may not be provided by other assistance programs, and are needed to help families maintain their dignity while working to get out of the poverty cycle. Butterfly Wings is here to give a hand-up to help you succeed.
“Be The Change You Want To See In The World”
We came together to help struggling, low income families traverse the nexus between poverty and success. Low income families, and families with single parents often rely upon public assistance to get the essentials they need, but those programs don’t cover the ‘non-food items’ that are considered essentials in the common household; thus forcing those already in financial duress into a resource void. This is an untenable cycle for those who want to achieve financial wellness – and reach the desired goal of leaving public assistance.
Mind The Gap
The divide between public assistance and fiscally sound families is wide. Many State, County and Federal assistance programs require families to meet criteria that puts them in the “Welfare Loop.” By being gainfully employed, this leads to less benefits for families from these programs. Since a good number of people on public assistance programs lack education or in-demand market skills, the road to bridging the gap between public assistance and success is long, and requires those who lack skills or education to work low wage jobs while raising a family. The cost of keeping a family alive and healthy vastly exceeds the take-home pay of minimum wage workers. For low income parents who seek out educational opportunities often have to choose between work and school, making those families more likely to lose their jobs, then go back on public assistance.
There are a variety of programs out there that will provide assistance when it comes to food and housing, but there are precious few programs available to cover the items other than food.
Non-Food Essentials include:
- Cleaning Products
- Disinfecting Wipes
- Window Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Laundry Soap
- Personal Hygiene
- Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Paper Goods
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
These items are essentials for any healthy household. Single parents choosing to [for example] forgo cleaning supplies, could lead to spreading of sickness – resulting in loss of time at work, or worse. Examples like that can be played out for just about every item on the list. Practical implications of lacking non-food essentials aside, the most important consideration is human dignity.
Bringing Dignity Back
A dignified existence is not just a human right, but it’s essential for anyone who strives for better financial circumstances. In addition to adding the genuine care and compassion that other groups and institutions lack, we are using technology to deliver a level of service that is superior to any other offering.
While other groups provide similar services to ours, we are vastly different, because we enable people to choose the goods they receive, straight from our inventory, with our online platform. For those who do not have access to technology, we can work with those families directly, while still leveraging the power of our back-end operations to deliver timely and smooth delivery of non-food items.