Outreach Boos at Lowell High School’s Love Fest

On February 17th, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Outreach team tabled at Lowell High School Wellness Center’s Love Fest.  Outreach Boos, Alicia Padillapaz and Shaena Spoor, were joined by folks from Hip Hop to Health , Planned Parenthood, LYRIC, JUMA, YAWAV, SFWAR, Huckleberry Youth Clinic and Hand to Hand Kajukenbo and Self Defense Center. Each organization brought their unique expertise to support and educate students on a variety of topics including reproductive health,  self defense and creating a culture of safety, consent and sex positivity.

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Left: W.O.M.A.N, Inc. Table; Right: Jaymie Frazier, Outreach Boo & School Counselor, participating in our Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Activity

At the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. table, Alicia and Shaena engaged students with activities focused around healthy relationships. They provided two fill in the blank activities to choose from: Dating Bill  of Rights and #YouDeserve. When thinking about relationships, the primary focus is often on the “we/us” — it’s easy for folks to overlook individual wants and needs. While the “we” factor is important, seeing oneself as a whole, unique individual within the partnership is so crucial. The Dating Bill of Rights prompts participants to reflect on what their needs and “rights” are in a relationship. Students picked one thing they would include on their “Dating Bill of Rights” by completing the statement “I have the right to_________.”

“I have the right to have control over my body.

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2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House

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On Wednesday, November 2nd we hosted a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House at our new

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Dia de los Muertos Altar created & donated by Las Pioneras

SoMa location. With the help of staff, board members, volunteers and donors, our event was an awesome success! 65 community members came to support the event while participating in our organization tour, raffle, silent auction and wine tasting. There was also a gorgeous Dia de los Muertos altar created by Las Pioneras, our Echando Pa’lante members/DV advocates. During the Open House attendees got to learn more about our work, meet the staff, board and volunteers and listen to powerful stories from Las Pioneras about their personal journeys and experience with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We had an amazing time and thank the community so much for their wonderful support. The gathering was a great reminder of the community we continue to build in our efforts to end domestic violence.

 

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An additional special thanks to our Open House Work group made up of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. board members and staff. And to Christina Bulman, Stephanie Colorado, Dayvon Dunaway, Annie Fisher, Jaymie Frazier,  Argelia Gomez, Lauren McCaffrey, Ignacia Perez,  Juliette-Marie Somerset and  Alice Yom for volunteering during the event!

 

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page!

SAVE THE DATE: 11.02.16 -W.O.M.A.N., Inc. OPEN HOUSE

open-house-flyerPlease join us for an Open House on November 2nd, 2016 from 4-8 pm to celebrate the opening of the new W.O.M.A.N., Inc. space in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood.

There will be a wine tasting, silent auction of original art pieces and other unique lots, snacks and refreshments and a chance to meet our office staff, board members and volunteers. We hope to see you there and thank you for your efforts to help those impacted by domestic abuse and to build stronger, safer communities.

What: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Open House
Where: 26 Boardman Place, San Francisco
When: November 2nd, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Please RSVP on our Eventbrite so we can get a sense of how many of you we can expect! (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woman-inc-open-house-tickets-28409641001)
There is NO COST to attend, but we would greatly appreciate donations to help cover the costs of the event. Interested in supporting our Open House? We’ve got a hardworking bunch putting this event together! Please consider making a donation to help us provide our awesome community members with eats & activities: https://www.crowdrise.com/womenorganizedtomakeabusenonexistent-purplepurse2016/fundraiser/teamwomaninc

Invite your friends on Facebook!

How to Participate in Domestic Violence Awareness Month This October

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  1. Knowledge is power! Educate yourself about healthy and unhealthy relationships.ch1-graph2Learn about the additional barriers people from different communities face when experiencing domestic violence. Challenge traditional ideas of domestic violence & squash misconceptions. Read about how different patterns of violence intersect with one another. Spread that knowledge around!
  2. Wear purple, the domestic violence awareness color. Show your support by adding some purple to your ensembles this October.
  3. Donate!
    • If you’re interested in supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.:
      1. Allstate’s Purple Purse Challenge! We are excited to be selected to  participate in this annual event, a nation-wide fundraiser to raise awareness of financial abuse & to promote economic empowerment. We have a chance to win $100,000 and would love to garner your support in our cause. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
      2. Contribute to our Pet Fund! Anyone who donates $25+ to the Pet Fund will receive a 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar
  • We are amongst a plethora of bay area anti-violence agencies. Find one you support, and contribute to the cause. Any little bit helps.

4.  Attend an event near you! Domestic violence agencies from all around the country will be hosting events to honor DV awareness month. Participating in one is an easy way to be apart of the movement.

5. Contact a local domestic violence agency to learn more about domestic violence and what you can do to help.

  • Interested in getting involved? Check out our volunteer opportunities!
  • Engage. Educate. Empower! W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is offering a free workshop on how to support survivors of domestic violence. supporting-survivors-ces

6. Talk about it! Don’t be afraid to initiate conversations about domestic violence awareness. With that said, part of being a good ally is to do your best to exercise non-judgmental love and support. If someone opens up to you about their experience with abuse, actively listen and believe the survivor when they are brave enough to speak their truth. Here are some tips on disclosure to keep in mind when dealing with those experiencing domestic violence:

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7. Take action on social media! The internet is FULL of stuff to get involved with. Share with your networks why you’re standing up against DV this month, start/participate in awareness campaigns (Examples: SurvivedAndPunished, NoMore, CPEDV Calendar, #SeeDV). So many ways to show your support just from your computer at home.

Remember, domestic violence is a community issue. You can have a role in ending domestic violence. Learn more about ways you can help:

 

If you feel you or someone you know may be experiencing abuse, please feel free to give our support line a call at (415)864-4722. We are here for you 24/7.

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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is Having a Pop-Up Healing Hearts with Art Group!

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Invite friends on facebook!

*Featured art on the flyer created through A Window Between Worlds.

Purple Purse Challenge 2016

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Hi everyone!
We are excited to announce that W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been selected again to participate in The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge! Last year, this campaign raised nearly $3.1 million for domestic violence organizations across the nation & we’re going to be apart of that effort for the 2nd year in a row.

So here’s the deal: The Purple Purse Challenge is a fundraising campaign launched by The Allstate Foundation where DV organizations compete to raise the most money during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The top team wins a grand prize cash donation of $100,000 from The Allstate Foundation. We are one of 250 agencies selected throughout the U.S., so this is a pretty cool opportunity!

It starts on September 28th at 9am PST and, this year, more than $650,000 will be awarded to participating organizations in the Challenge. We’d get big monetary prizes for placing in the top 5 and opportunities to win prizes during the weekly bonus challenges that happen throughout the month. On top of all of that, we get to keep 100% of all the funds we raise in the process. Pretty dang sweet.

How You Can Help:

1.Join Our Team, Become a Fundraiser! 

Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact. You’d be helping us increase our visibility, raise awareness for domestic violence and fund our awesome programs!It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is Go Here and click ‘Fundraise for This Community Partner.’

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Once you join the team, you have the option to personalize your page with a story and photos to illustrate why our cause is important to you. Then, when the Challenge starts on September 28th, share it with your people and start garnering support! Just the simple act of joining our team, gives us the opportunity to qualify for the first bonus challenge. Not only would this be a much appreciated effort to support us, there will be donation incentives and/or giveaways as the challenge progresses, so stay tuned!

2. Donate!

If fundraising isn’t an option for you, we hope you’ll consider making a donation. We are proud of the work we do and truly couldn’t make it happen without your support. It’ll also help us with our goals during the the bonus challenges. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small. When the time comes, you can  select a fundraiser here on our Purple Purse page!

3. Spread the word!

We understand fundraising takes time, donating takes money and that not all of us have the capacity for that. Just taking a moment to share this on your social media platforms would be a great help! RSVP to the challenge on Facebook, share with & invite your friends here.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

More info:

Learn more about the Purple Purse Campaign

Read about how we did last year on our blog

Donor Highlight: Unlikely Heroes

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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!