Undies for Everyone (UFE) provides underwear to underserved students recognizing the importance of this basic need for a child’s social and academic success leading to graduation. UFE is the only nonprofit to exclusively address this critical gap that’s overlooked by other organizations working in the poverty space. Founded in 2012 by Rabbi Amy Weiss, UFE has donated more than 2 million pairs of underwear to children across the country. Distribution partners include school district homeless departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Child Protective Services, and mobile pediatric clinics in 16 cities across the U.S. UFE is proud to carry a GuideStar Platinum Transparency Seal.
– Brené Brown, Researcher and Storyteller
– Angie Robinson, Program Specialist, Partners for Kids in Care, DC Child & Family Services Agency, Office of the Director
– Fostering Connections, Tulsa OK
– Marcia Zashin, Director, Cleveland Public School’s Project ACT
– Deidra C. Thomas-Murray, MSW, LMSW, SLPS Students-In-Transition Homeless Coordinator, St. Louis, Missouri
– America's Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities
Amy Weiss is the founder and director of Undies for Everyone, the only nonprofit in the United States exclusively addressing underwear security by providing underwear to over 150,000 underserved children across the country. Raised in Dallas, Amy eagerly attended one of the first experimental magnet high schools participating in the liberal arts program, always looking for an opportunity to “do something different.”
Amy was brought up in a family-owned business and from a young age learned about business and marketing, leading her to study advertising at the University of Texas in Austin. After several years of marketing and sales, Amy decided contributing to her community was also her passion, leading her to New York and Jerusalem where she received a master’s degree in Jewish Education and ordained as a Reform rabbi.
Landing in Houston with her husband and two boys, Amy served the community with teaching, programming, and pastoral duties until she was moved in 2008 by a social worker to blog in the Houston Chronicle about underserved children’s underwear insecurity. One thing led to another and in 2012 Weiss officially created Undies for Everyone, and the rest is history!