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The empowerHER story starts with a young girl who has lost her mother.  Founder Cara Belvin formed empowerHER in 2013 out of the gratitude she had for all the support her family received after her own mother Kit died of breast cancer. Cara was just 9 years old and desperate to meet others who could relate to her loss - And, now with the support of countless volunteers + donors, Cara’s simple idea became a reality.


empowerHER is the only organizations in the country specifically working to address the struggles of girls whose mothers have died, and we’re doing vital work.  We currently serve 150+ girls (up to age 24) by providing an integrated series of programming featuring year-round EVENTS for GIRLS, such as our signature Mother’s Day Retreat, Beach Bash, Cooking Classes, Yoga and more. Events are community-based and non-therapeutic and serve to remind girls they are not alone in their grief. These events occur in tandem with our 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM with caring + strong female role models who promote positive growth throughout the grief journey.  All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family.



"I envisioned an organization that would allow us to talk about the loss of a young mother in our community and ways to offer help to the family that would not be intrusive."
— Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder

Cara Belvin
 is passionate about volunteerism.  She spent countless hours as a breast cancer advocate, and it was in this role that she saw a need in her community for a program like empowerHER. Her own mother passed away at the young age of 37 after a two-year battle with breast cancer when Cara was just 9 years old.  Cara’s extended family and friends assisted in filling the void left behind by this profound loss. empowerHER was formed out the gratitude she felt for all the layers of support her family received growing up – And, now as a mother, she felt it would be as much for these mothers as it would be for these young girls.

Cara frequently presents on issues surrounding adversity, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship.  Cara is the lead producer of HBO’s The Conversation: Stories that Matter speaker series, and the episodic digital series The Dinner Conversation about women powering through their grief.  Her efforts to support young girls have been featured on the ABC Boston Affiliate Channel 5  and on PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.