W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Program Highlight–Outreach Program

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Outreach Program consists of two Outreach Coordinators (Annie Fisher and Jaymie Frazier, also known within the agency as the “Outreach Boos”) and several Outreach volunteers.  With their time and dedication, they are able to help create a presence for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the community by promoting its services and spreading awareness of domestic violence.  They often represent the agency by tabling at community events, attending domestic violence community meetings, facilitating presentations, and coordinating outreach efforts between the community and W.O.M.A.N., Inc. staff.  Other Outreach duties include administrative projects, creating outreach materials and campaigns, as well as aiding in volunteer recruitment and fundraising.

Most importantly, the Outreach Program strives to educate the community about domestic violence and the ways in which people can get involved in the movement to end domestic violence.  As Outreach Coordinators, Annie and Jaymie receive many emails from organizations hoping to collaborate with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.  Among these emails, they noticed an increasing number of individuals who wished to learn more about domestic violence for their own personal growth and uses.  Thus, the Outreach Boos decided to take action and create what is now known as W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s “Community Education Series.”  This is a three part series that covers domestic violence related topics, and is located in San Francisco’s Main Public Library.  These sessions are completely open to the public so that any individual seeking more information about domestic violence or W.O.M.A.N., Inc. can attend.

So far, two out of the three sessions have been successfully completed, and covered the following topics: “DV 101” – defining domestic violence, identifying types of abuse, and discussing common misconceptions, and “Supporting Survivors” – how to help someone in a domestic violence situation, learning peer counseling skills, safety planning, and the importance of self care.  Based on all of the positive feedback the first two sessions received, the Outreach Program is looking forward to hosting their third presentation, “Healthy Relationships,” on July 24th!

One attendee stated, “We need more of these, more often,” and it’s because of comments like these that the Outreach Program is completely ecstatic of the Community Education Series’ progress, and they look forward to hosting more sessions in the future.

If you would like to learn more, or are interested in coordinating with W.O.M.A.N., Inc., please contact outreach@womaninc.org

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