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/

Adopt-a-Family 2016 Recap

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We know that domestic violence is only one layer that our participants face and many times they need a little extra support during the holiday season. This is why our Adopt a Family Program is so important. Every year W.O.M.A.N., Inc spreads the word of its Adopt a Family program, where local businesses or individuals can make donations, gifts or gift cards, to our participants and their families during the holiday season.

Adopt a Family 2016, was another successful year!  The program received over $2,000 in the form of gift cards, and some gifts that consisted of: coloring books, toys, baby clothes, candles, makeup, and more! Our participants are always more than excited and grateful when the holiday season comes around. One of our participants said “I truly appreciate everyone that donates to this program, and W.O.M.A.N., Inc for always thinking of us during the holidays. You don’t know how much it means to us and our children.”

On behalf of W.O.M.A.N., Inc and our participants we would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated this year! And a very special thank you to Cole Hardware, for thinking of us every year and always collecting donations at their store. Without all of your generous donations, Adopt a Family would not be possible.

We would like to encourage folks out there to think of us during the 2017 holiday season. No matter the donation, big or small, that donation can give a huge smile to someone that needs that little extra support. Thank you so much.

– Adilia Preciado, Echando Pa’lante Coordinator

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 2016 Recap!

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Thanks for helping us reach new heights!
This has been another big year for us geographically, financially and programmatically.

Over the summer, we relocated from our long-term Mission office to a new space in the SOMA. The journey was a long one, filled with some trepidation and bumps in the road. At the end of it all, we are loving our new space as do our participants. Gentrification has pushed many amazing nonprofits out of San Francisco. Given this reality, we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to stay in the city we’ve called home since the beginning. We are extremely thankful for this transition and invigorated as we start this new leg in our journey.

Programmatically, we had a rousing year, offering our first hybrid domestic violence volunteer training. This was met with positive reviews, and participants loved the dual approach of online modules and in-person sessions allowing for activities, discussion and even art workshops to further the learning.

In addition to our training, we were honored to pilot our first Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward) training. Past program participants went through a nine month domestic violence training and are now active ambassadors for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. They have provided hours of domestic violence education, outreach, support groups and were even interviewed on television in Spanish on W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s. services.

Your ongoing support will be pivotal in our continued success!

Won’t you please make a gift to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. today?
Help us make 2017 the best yet!

Read more about our successes and the team members that help us to thrive in our
2016 Annual Report.

Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Get a 2017 Pet Calendar!

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Friends! We are excited to let you know the calendar is now in the works & available for order! Thanks to your submissions, next year’s calendar is full of love & sweet faces. We loved hearing about the healing & pure joy your animal companions bring to your lives.

Sure to be an awesome gift for yourself and/or loved ones, you can reserve your 2017 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pet Calendar here
Owning a pet and experiencing domestic violence adds an additional layer of complexity to the situation. The abusive partner may withhold money to pay for the animal’s food and water. When attempting to leave, a survivor might be denied housing and/or shelter access because the location does not accommodate pets. We have a fund that hopes to address some of these issues. The proceeds from our pet calendar sales will go back our Pet Fund which helps with food/water costs, kennel stays and more for pets whose humans have experienced domestic violence. 

Want a calendar, but wish to make a general donation to our programs and services? Make a donation of at least $30 $15 here, and indicate in the dedication notes that you would like a pet calendar!

Sneak peek below!

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Why Pet Calendar? Follow this link to learn more. 

 

2016 W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Annual Report

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As the year comes to close, we are pleased to share with you our 2016 Annual Report. This report lays out our numerous accomplishments, our financial status, tells the story of a volunteer, board member and of a program participant and finally, how you can support our organization. I hope you will find the report is enlightening and inspiring.

Thank you for being a part of our community. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Sincerely,

Jill Zawisza
Executive Director
W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
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Graphic Design: Noel Capapas

We Raised Over $10,000 in the 2016 Purple Purse Challenge!

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During this year’s Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, we had 14 board members, staff members and volunteers
join our W.O.M.A.N., Inc. fundraising team. Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the collective effort of our fundraisers and donors brought in $10,000 in unrestricted funding for our organization — DOUBLE what we raised last year. This put us in the 11th place for Division II of the challenge! We have so much gratitude for your support! Many thanks to Katherine Jeffery who served as our board liaison and to everyone who donated and helped us spread the word. And, of course, thanks a million to our amazing fundraisers:

Mary Kate Bacalaoppc
Elida Margarita Bautista
Deepali Chugh
Blase Hents
Elena Izakson
Katherine Jeffery
Sarah Lee
Mary Martinez
Lauren McCaffrey
Adilia Preciado
Shaena Spoor
Antoinette Terrana
Alice Yom
Jill Zawisza

All money raised goes straight back to our programs and services that support survivors, their friends and family 24/7.

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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