A woman in Southeast Portland has found a way to recycle wedding dresses and support women’s charities at the same time.

Erin Scharf is the owner and founder of Brides for a Cause. The nonprofit collects wedding dresses and sells them at a discount to brides who not only get a fair deal, but also the chance to improve the lives of others.

The gently used dresses come from size 0 to size 26 so that brides “can walk away with something that fits [them] perfect.”

Brides for a Cause also supports multiple charities such as the non-profit Wish Upon A Wedding which helps raise money to provide wedding dresses for couples facing a health-crisis or other life-changing events. Since 2012, Scharf and her organization have collected over 5,000 dresses and raised $400,000 for charity.

“I started at a non-profit that did something similar, so I just kind of took that idea and ran with it and just tried to improve it and be a non-profit that will support multiple charities, not just one,” said Scharf.

Now she’s sharing her love of wedding dresses with women everywhere.

As a Midwestern girl, Josie enjoys living in the plains, but would love to travel the globe, already having spent several months abroad during her studies in Austria. After graduating, she spends much of her time reading, writing, walking, running, dancing, and living! Josie would love nothing more than to empower others to be able to do the same.