The Women’s Initiative

~ Empowering Women in Times of Challenge and Change ~


The feast! team is delighted to highlight the Women’s Initiative as our Community Giving recipient this season. The mental health care, support groups and social services that the Women’s Initiative offers are vitally important to helping local women survive and thrive. These services are even more essential now as stress and uncertainty are at an all time high. We are incredibly fortunate to have this homegrown organization in Charlottesville, and we hope you will join us in contributing to support their crucial work.


1 in 5 adult women have a mental health event each year, yet only 50% will receive care because of a lack of financial resources, insurance coverage, transportation, child care, stigma or other barriers. The Women’s Initiative was founded in 2007 by therapist and feast! regular, Bebe Heiner, to offer women a safe, welcoming and professional place to go to receive mental health care regardless of their ability to pay. 


Today, the Women’s Initiative provides more than 4,000 local women a year with effective counseling, social support and education so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth. With support from compassionate clinicians using evidence-based treatments, women can transform histories of trauma into opportunities for growth and renewal. Strong, confident and healthy women are the key to thriving families and communities. The positive ripple effect of caring for and empowering our women is wide! 


To learn more about the Women's Initiative click here:

Community Giving


    As part of our mission to be a good neighbor, feast! is highlighting a local charitable organization each season that we feel is doing an exceptional job of contributing to a better Charlottesville for all.  We will start the donation pot off with $100, and in partnership with our generous customers - You! - we will add 100% of the amount collected here. Our hope is that, together, we will be able to make an impactful financial contribution to support the work of those giving their time, effort and care to helping our neighbors in need.


    This Summer, as a result of your generosity, together we contributed $1,705 to Sin Barreras (without barriers) to support their work in helping our Latinx community thrive. Thank you! 


    We will send an email at the end of the season letting you all know how much we raised, and each contributor will be recogized in a letter to the organization when the donation is made. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please let us know in the notes section of your order.


    Thank you to all of our customers for your support of feast!, our staff, and the community we share! 


    note: we are unable to provide tax-deductible receipts via this program.  If you would like to make a larger donation and receive a tax-deductible receipt please contact the organization directly.