Donor Spotlight: Selena Standberg & Hired Team

1) What is your name & what do you do? 

Selena Strandberg

I work at Hired, an online marketplace for finding a job. I have been at the company for several years and previously managed our category expansion. On a personal note, I’m passionate about gender issues and believe ardently in gender equality.


2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? Woman_2

My friend and coworker, Amanda Maxedon, organized a group of women at Hired to coordinate follow-up actions after the Women’s March in January. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity for this group to support on International Women’s Day and I knew that I wanted to help victims of domestic violence. After doing some research, I found W.O.M.A.N. Inc. I loved the work and the mission of the organization and knew this was a cause I wanted to support.
3) Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

We had SO MUCH FUN fundraising for W.O.M.A.N. Inc.! We “guest-bartended” at Jackalope on International Women’s Day (the same day as the Women’s strike). None of us had ever hosted an event like this before (or poured cocktails behind a bar 😉 ), but we were able to pull in quite the crowd of friends and coworkers. The bar was packed all night and we were able to raise over $1300 in tips to support W.O.M.A.N. Inc.

Jackalope was a great venue for the event. The staff were awesome to work with, and might I add, very patient with us as we botched many drink orders! We had four ladies from our company volunteer to bartend, in addition to myself and Amanda: Megan Kelley, Colleen Sullivan, Jamie Gray, and Vanessa Van Schyndel.
Woman_14) What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts? 

I think gender violence is one of the most under-discussed issues facing our community. We like to pretend that gender violence is an issue only under-developed nations have to contend with, when in reality, gender violence pervades all socio-economic classes in all countries, including ours.

This past summer, I was chased home by someone threatening me with a knife just four blocks from my apartment in the Lower Haight. I got very lucky and was able to hide in a convenience store, which happened to still be open. When I followed up on the crime, the police dispatcher informed me that women being chased or followed is the most commonly reported crime in San Francisco. This really struck me. My story is not unique – women constantly feel threatened in their daily lives. I’ve been looking for ways to support victims of gender violence since this moment and was really excited to find this opportunity with W.O.M.A.N. Inc.

5) What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?

First and foremost, I hope the money we raised can support victims. I’m a huge proponent of mental health awareness and therapy. If the money we raised will enable emotional and psychological support through therapy for even one DV victim, I will consider this event a success.

Secondly, I truly hope we were able to raise awareness for the cause. I think it’s really easy, specifically for tech workers in San Francisco, to assume women and men have reached equality (with only a few problems left to solve, like adding more female CEOs!). In reality, we are VERY far from gender equality if a large portion of the population regularly fears for their own safety. This spectrum has a wide range: from women who carry mace while running standard errands in the city, to victims of domestic abuse and rape.

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Thanks Selena & team for supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Collectively, all those donations amounted to $1,364 — enough to provide us 75 hours of crisis line counseling on our 24 hour support line and 40 hours of DV training for 3 volunteers. We appreciate you!

Couldn’t make it to this event? Or loved this event so much you want to attend another?

The folks at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. are hosting our own guest bartending event this Thursday, March 23rd. RSVP here!

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Shop for Good This Valentines Day

Hey friends! The folks over at Margaret O’Leary – Fillmore have kindly offered to donate 15% of all Valentines Day sales to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Stop by and take a look at their items while supporting our anti-violence work on Tuesday, February 14th.

Location: 2400 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Store Hours: 10am – 6pm

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Thank you Margaret O’leary team!

All proceeds we receive will go directly back to our programs & services that support domestic violence survivors, their friends and family. Learn more about what we have to offer here & the impact you’re helping us make here.

Check out Margaret O’leary at: http://www.margaretoleary.com/

Thank You Blue Shield of California!

In August, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. presented our work to employees at the Blue Shield of California, San Francisco office. The generous employees donated a total of $6,580 to our programs and services. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is so appreciative of the continued support & collaboration we receive from Blue Shield and their staff.

THANK YOU:

Tiffany Cheong
Aashish Khanal
William Humphrey
Deborah Smith
Judith Hernandez
Joan LeJeal
Sierralyn Ee
Jyoti Dhillon
Keisha Bess
Claudia Tibbitts
Keisha Bess
Thomas Koskores
Grace Lee
Diane Rockwell
Nadine James-Ward

Because of people like you, we are able to continue providing support to survivors, their friends and family. Thank you, Blue Shield of California, for your proactive stance in shining a light and helping put an end to domestic violence.

@BlueShieldCA  #ShieldCACares

Donor Highlight: Unlikely Heroes

On Saturday, August 13th,  Unlikely Heroes collaborated6a71ec_d3ebf02a069a429f835b7409c698b44d-mv2 with local bands to raise awareness and funds for local anti-violence organizations. Their anti-violence concert, included W.O.M.A .N., Inc. as a beneficiary of their event proceeds! Other beneficiaries included Black Lives Matter, Community United Against Violence and Uke Can End It.

Check out the spotlight questions below to learn more about this group and their benefit concert!

1) What are your names & what do you all do? 
We are Unlikely Heroes, a San Francisco based Hip-Hop/Punk band and we are Enon Gaines (lead vocal), Ruth Marin (Bass), Jeff Wilson (Drums) and Atlix Martinez (Lead Guitar).

2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I learned about W.O.M.A.N., Inc when I was researching local charities that are geared towards anti-violence. I wanted to cover a broad range of support in our efforts to spark a change in our community against violence of all kinds. What’s being done at W.O.M.A.N., Inc is phenomenal and needs to be highlighted in these times of what seems to be a lack in compassion/love for those in our community.

3) Please tell us about your fundraising efforts. 
We recently held a fundraiser for a Bay Area woman that lost her two year old son in a tragic car accident. We hosted a live show where we gave all the proceeds to the mother to help offset some of those cost that you just don’t want/need to worry about when you’ve recently lost someone.

With all the violent acts going on, I just felt it was time to take action and utilize our talents in collaboration with other artists in our community to hopefully spark a change in the place we call home. Because that’s what its really all about, coming together when times are tough and not letting the evil of the world divide us. This anti-violence concert will resonate in the hearts of those in our community and maybe, just maybe someone will be able to find the help that they have been looking for.

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4) What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s anti-violence efforts? 
I witnessed domestic violence in my home at a young age. My mother quickly removed us from that situation and paved a path that showed strength, resilience, bravery, and a strong spirit within a woman that I admire, love and respect. As a man, I can’t begin to fully understand the day-to-day struggle of a woman, let alone dealing with domestic abuse, but I’ll do whatever’s within my powers to support an organization that has knowledge and resources to help women in need.

5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community? 

I hope that more people will open their eyes to the needs of their community and take action in areas that are specifically lacking. I hope to see more events like this pop up that encourage people to congregate to discuss these issues, find help/resolution, and ultimately love each other past the pain that surrounds us.


197d89bf-59fd-416b-94b2-b4ed43ae59406) Can you share some fun facts about yourselves?

All of us come from a totally different place in our musically journeys and the likelihood of us forming a band was…”Unlikely.” I (Enon) came from a predominately HipHop/RnB background, while Atlix came from Metal, Jeff from Jazz, and Ruth from Film Scoring and Church concert.

We spent the last two months touring which meant being in a van with each other for a super long time and we didn’t have one argument.

We have only known each other for a year and a half and I love them all like its been a lifetime.


Thanks so much for your support, Unlikely Heroes and friends! We appreciate you!

Donor Highlight: Sormeh Naderi

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Hello! My name is Sormeh Naderi.

How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I was looking to become more involved with my community. I researched numerous smaller non-profit organizations and encountered W.O.M.A.N. Inc. I was truly impressed by their values and their mission, which are in line with mine.

Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
I had two approaches in fundraising for W.O.M.A.N Inc. On my campus, sent a mass email to all staff and students to inform them of the fundraiser. I created a flyer and posted numerous copies around school, I made several announcements to the whole school, and had many conversations with students and staff in depth about the cause. Outside my school efforts, I orchestrated a few gatherings of family and friends. I sent out another mass email and made several phone calls to inform family friends about this cause. My goal was to inform every single individual I knew about an issue that definitely should not be ignored. I was speechless by the amount of positive feedback I received.

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What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts?
Brave survivors who have struggled and been able to bounce back have inspired me to want to aid in such an important cause. No one should have to endure such harrowing events but seeing the outcome of survivors who were able to rise up from rock bottom with the proper support system is truly inspiring. These strong and powerful women are the ones who are going to change the world with their zeal for justice and strength.

What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?
I hope that if everyone works together, we will grow as a society that is truly connected by strong, compassionate individuals. Unfortunately there will always be those who wish to hurt others, but if good people work together and empower those who have been wounded, we can teach individuals who have fallen victim to terrible circumstances how truly amazing they are.

Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
One fun fact about me is that I absolutely love the song Dancing Queen and cannot help but break out my dance moves whenever I hear it.

Donor Spotlight: Marinda Avalos

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2)How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I first learned about W.O.M.A.N. Inc. when I was doing research on resource groups available for women in the bay area. I help feed the homeless in West Oakland on Sundays and sometimes I come across women who are asking for help and available resources. I wanted to be able to provide them with a list of resources they could turn to if needed.

3)Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

I put together a punk show for Friday, March 25th in Oakland at Crate. Five local bands are playing: Raised by Zebras, End All, Y Que, Black Dream, and Elderly Abuse. My hope is to raise enough money to purchase bart tickets, motel vouchers, and gift cards for the women who are served by W.O.M.A.N. Inc. and as well as women who I come across in Oakland asking for assistance.

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Raised by Zebras performing at the fundraising event.


4)What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts?

My inspiration for supporting W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s anti-violence efforts came from myself being affected by violence. A family member of mine was attacked back in October, and she is doing well now but it is still a constant struggle, with legal problems, and feeling safe. She is lucky to have the support of her family, but I know there are a lot of women out there who don’t have that support and turn to organizations such as W.O.M.A.N. Inc to get the resources they so desperately need. I feel it’s our duty as a community to step up and support one another.


5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?

I hope that these donations can help women escape a dire situation and get to a safe place. I hope to provide a moment of relief and clarity with these donations… sometimes a night a way or a trip to a safe place can be a matter of life and death. It’s not much, but it’s definitely a lot when you’re in need of getting out of a dangerous situation. I also hope to spread more awareness of the serious issue of domestic violence in our community. There are people out there who are affected and sometimes remain in silence. I want the community to know that this problem does exist, and there are things that we can do to help.


6) Can you share a fun fact about yourself?

My favorite thing to do is playing music and going to punk shows!

Donor Highlight: Tabi Musselwhite

1) What is your name? Tabi Musselwhit5d8dbd7f-f51d-4782-9177-284186047d29e

2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? 
I was actively looking for a recipient for a fundraiser I was throwing. I knew I wanted the funds to go to local domestic violence support. I did a bunch of research until I found an organization that I thought was extremely active in the community, was organized and transparent, and offered a broad range of support. W.O.M.A.N., Inc.!

3)Please tell us about your fundraising efforts for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
I’ve had loads of birthdays where it’s all about me… take me somewhere, feed me something, me me me. This year I decided I would use this birthday to send some good vibes into the world. Party for a good cause! I pitched the event as my 32nd Birthday Pop-up Charity Brunch Party! I sold tickets on a sliding scale so guests could decide how much they were able to give, and let them know that 100% of their ticket price went to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. With the help of friends and my amazing husband, I cooked for 30 of my closest friends in a community venue space in the Mission called 18 Reasons. The menu was full of funky California fare and some southern staples… I’m from NC, biscuits are necessary! The party was a blast and collectively we raised $850! It’s amazing what we can do when we band together.

4)What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc’s anti-violence efforts? 
I grew up in rural North Carolina where domestic violence is unfortunately not that uncommon. I’ll start by saying I love my family with all my heart, but my father has had a lifetime struggle with controlling his temper and acting out in violent ways. Growing up he would often land himself in jail for domestic disputes. Although he always provided for me and was never violent towards me, it was pretty hard to deal with as a teenager and at age 16, I had a nervous breakdown and moved in with my grandmother. I had a lot of support from my mother and other family member who were also affected by the behavior. At 18 I went to college and seemed far enough away that I thought it didn’t effect me anymore. Little do we realize that trauma doesn’t disappear, we have to deal with it for it to heal. So throwing this fundraiser was a way for me to fight my inner demons and help victims of violence find support, safety and refuge.

5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?
I hope the funds we raised will support women in finding security, safety and most importantly self confidence. I understand that organizations like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. can help women in a tricky situation find the courage to leap out of their current life, feel emotionally supported, learn new skills,  build themselves up, become better people for themselves and their children. I hope my support will bring peace to those who have endured violence.

6) Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I’ve been told that my best characteristic is making the mundane fun! Even if I’m washing clothes, filing taxes, or changing light bulbs, I can make a party out of it! I actively refuse to live a boring life.