The founding chapter of Women for Orphans Worldwide, WOW Dallas was founded more than 10 years ago by a group of mothers and daughters serving on a mission trip to Guatemala.
The girls’ desire to provide additional care to the children they’d served became the catalyst for creating WOW Dallas.
Today WOW Dallas hosts the annual WOW Heart of Hope Luncheon and Orphan Outreach Marketplace, raising more than $1.5 million since its inception in 2009. Learn more about the upcoming WOW Dallas December event here.
One of the highlights of the luncheon is the Orphan Outreach Marketplace, which showcases handcrafted items made by artisans in Guatemala, Purchases provide meaningful work opportunities for the artisans while meeting critical needs for the children and families served by Orphan Outreach. These programs help orphaned and vulnerable children obtain an education, and develop physically, spiritually and emotionally. Funds from the event also help strengthen families who are at-risk of separation in order to prevent children from becoming orphans.
The Dallas Chapter has active mission teams who serve in Guatemala yearly through mission trips with Orphan Outreach. The group has teens who host collection drives, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who travel to Guatemala and implement Eagle Projects and Gold Award Projects to benefit the ministries, and the Chapter members gather humanitarian aid year-long.
“We never imagined it would turn into something so impactful,” said Tiffany Taylor Wines, Orphan Outreach Co-Founder and Vice President of Development. “In the 12 years since WOW was founded, we have seen the lives of hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children in Guatemala change for the better, through the hope of middle school age girls wanting to make a difference in the world.
The founding members of WOW Dallas include: Karen and Emily Barge, Kathryn and Eliza Barrow, Veronica and Tori Chitwood, Laura and Ashlie Dickey, Margo Isbell and Maria Hernandez, Debi and Alexandra Lee, Gerri and Sophia Rankin, Joyce and Jodie Rogge, Lee Ann and Breland Starr, Terri and Marlee Tarwater, Tiffany and Inna Wines, Dee and Sarah Velvin, and Linda and Amanda White.