Our Mission

Empower is an international nonprofit on a mission to empower, support, and connect children and young adults up through age 24 who have experienced the loss of a parent.


What we do

Empower hosts events that remind children they are not alone in their grief, and offers a unique one-on-one mentor program with positive role models from the community who help teach, “loss is survivable.”  All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family.  Join the Empower community now.

Featured Mentor

Ellie and Tess

Ellie (age 9) and Tess (age 30) were matched in July 2022 and although their stories are quite different, they’ve found a deeply meaningful connection.

Join Us For Luminaria

LUMINARIA is an illuminated display of personalized bags honoring our loved ones. Purchased by donors from across the globe for a $25 donation, each luminaria bag is uniquely displayed IN MEMORY OF or IN HONOR OF our loved one(s). Thousands of volunteers and donors come together to produce LUMINARIA events across the United States and the  United Kingdom.

100% of all proceeds raised at LUMINARIA fund Empower events and mentorship and help ensure all programs remain at no charge to the family.

Founding Story

Founder Cara Belvin was nine years old when her mother Kit died of breast cancer.  Cara founded Empower (formerly empowerHER®) in 2013 out of the gratitude she had for all the layers of support her family received growing up.