Project Free 2 Fly: New agency launched to help women
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Free2fly recently launched a fundraising event as a benefit to serve women in our community who are looking for a new path in life using other local organizations that serve women. The board of directors, below, for Free2fly includes, from left, Abbey Duncan, Liz Moseley, Amy Tippens, Hailey Johnston, Donna Johnson and Sarah Cantrell. Ashley McCoy is also a board member. Project Free 2 Fly held its launch event on April 2 at The Five Point Square, a new, locally owned restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Banner photos, HOWARD PIERCE


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A new organization established to help women who are looking for a new path in life held a fundraiser that will ultimately support and empower women by teaching them a new skill and showing them how to benefit from it.

Project Free 2 Fly held its launch event on April 2 at The Five Point Square, a new, locally owned restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Board members said it was important for the organization to support another local business and enough good things could not be said about Matthew and Meghan Callahan’s (owners of The Five Point Square) willingness to help with this event.

“Our fundraising launch was a huge success, and we are so grateful for all of the positive feedback from our community,” board member Amy Tippens said.

“We encourage people to partner with us by buying from our full line of products, giving, donations go toward the purchase of sewing machines, materials, counseling services and more, and volunteering to be a mentor and help teach others to sew, help with product prep and more.”

She said they are looking forward to serving women throughout Bradley County by helping them succeed and thrive within the community.

At the event, guests were able to shop the organization’s line of handmade products including, purses, wallets, backpacks and other accessories that will be made by local women. The organization is excited about the support that is already being poured out by those within our community.

According to Tippens, Free 2 Fly serves women by supporting, nurturing and empowering them. The project supports by teaching the skill of sewing and how to profit by using this skill. The organization offers a full line of products that are made by their women and the profits from the sales go toward the women’s wages. It nurtures by connecting women to a mentor who is not only teaching them how to sew, but who is also investing in their lives.

Tippens said they are helping clients set goals for their future and even rediscover dreams and hopes they may have had in the past, but have never known how to pursue them. If needed, the ladies are also connected to additional counseling and social services.

The women are also empowered with the realization that they are valuable and can be successful, says Tippens. They can continue down the new path that they have started on and pursue the life that they have always dreamed of having for themselves and their families. The goal of Free 2 Fly is to see women succeed and thrive within our community.

The new organization has already applied for 501(c)(3) status to become a nonprofit. F2F was founded to serve women in our community who are looking for a new path in life using other local organizations that serve women. Organizations such as the local chapter of the Women’s Job Corps, The Caring Place, Family Promise and Foundation House Ministries will be a source of reference for women who are in need of a job and would benefit from their services.

Ways in which others can partner with F2F are to buy its products, check out its full line of products through the website below. Here are a few ways the agency suggest you can get involved: Give — donations go to purchase sewing machines, material, business expenses, counseling services and more.

Volunteer — you can become one of the mentors and teach others to sew, or you can help with product prep, packaging and more. You can also volunteer any professional services that would benefit the organization.

Free 2 Fly is currently looking for a location of operation and hopes to soon announce where it will be located. To contact Project Free 2 Fly, visit projectfree2fly@gmail.com.