Friends! October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there are many ways you can get involved to show your support for survivors. One way is by helping your local domestic violence organizations keep their programs strong by fundraising & donating. For the 3rd year in a row, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been selected to participate in Allstate’s Annual Purple Purse Challenge, a nationwide initiative to raise money for organizations doing the critical work to support domestic violence survivors in their communities. Last year they were able to raise a collective $3 million for domestic violence organizations across the U.S. This is an incredible, month-long fundraising opportunity and we need YOUR help to make it a success.
What is the Purple Purse Challenge exactly?
We want to send a BIG thank you to everyone who supported Dismantling and Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. On April 28th, we celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza’s 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Dismantling & Rebuilding was about anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, collaboration across difference, and holding collective power. Inspired by the words of Audre Lorde, “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” the event sought to promote stronger, safer communities rooted in intersectionality and inclusion. Board, staff, volunteers and community members came together to celebrate with art, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. With everyone’s support, the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board was able to put together a heartwarming and fun event that raised over $7,000 for domestic violence survivors, their friends and family.
This month, we’re pleased to host GLIDE at the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. office who will be offering free rapid HIV and HEP-C testing! Please share with your networks!
Services available in English & Spanish.
¡Este mes, tenemos el placer de recibir a GLIDE en la oficina de W.O.M.A.N., Inc. que ofrecerá pruebas rápidas y gratuitas de VIH y Hep-C! ¡Por favor de compartir con sus redes!
Servicios disponibles en ingles y español.
A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to support our guest bar tending fundraiser at Tonic!
On Thursday, March 23rd, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. board members, staff and volunteers got behind the bar to raise funds for our programs that support survivors of domestic violence. With the help of one of their bartenders, the group learned how to mix drinks and pour draft beers for the crowd. Between 6pm and 9pm, 100% of the tips collected went straight back to W.O.M.A.N. Inc. Thanks to our team & community support, we were able to draw in over 50 people and raise nearly $1,000!
Much gratitude for our amazing team members who donated their time to support this successful event:
Mary Kate Bacalao, WINC Board President
Christina Bulman, Support Line Volunteer
Jaymie Frazier, Outreach Boo
April Hall, Support Line Volunteer
Kathy Jeffery, WINC Board Member
Lauren McCaffrey, Support Line Volunteer
Genevieve Miranda, Support Line Volunteer
Samantha Wong, Support Line Volunteer
Sign-In Volunteer: Sarah Lee, Support Line Advocate
Volunteer Photographer: Alex Orozco
Check out photos from the event here.
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The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors warmly invites you to Dismantling & Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. We’re celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza’s 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
When: Friday, April 28th | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Galería de la Raza | 2857 24th Street, SF
Dismantling & Rebuilding is about anti-oppression, intersectional feminism, collaboration across difference, and holding collective power. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s observation that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” the event promotes stronger, safer communities rooted in intersectionality and inclusion.
Jill has worked as an advocate and leader in the domestic violence field for 20 years. She has dedicated 10 years to W.O.M.A.N., Inc., including five years as our Executive Director. Jill leads by building strong teams and putting people first. She’s created a powerful, resilient W.O.M.A.N., Inc. community that models our vision for the stronger, safer communities we strive to build for all survivors of domestic violence.
Join us for art, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction in an intimate gallery space. Meet our Board, our volunteers, and our incredible staff of seven who provide crisis line, therapeutic, and other supports to survivors of domestic violence in the Bay Area and beyond.
- Get your tickets on Eventbrite here.
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- Can’t make it to the event, but still want to support? Donate in lieu of attending at www.womaninc.org/donate
1) What is your name & what do you do?
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.?
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.
4) 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.
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!
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