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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2015 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 2015 Annual Report. This report lays out our numerous accomplishments, our financial status, tells the story of a volunteer 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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2015 Healthy Mothers Workplace Award!

Last month, we were honored to receive the Silver Award for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity at the Healthy Mother’s Workplace Coalition Ceremony. healthy-mothers-logo
The Healthy Mother’s Workplace Coalition was developed by various community partners to “recognize San Francisco employers with policies that support the well being of their workers.” Their excellence awards honor establishments that promote health and equity of working parents by adopting fair policies regarding parental leave, lactation accommodation and work-family balance. If a teeny tiny organization like W.O.M.A.N., Inc. can honor working mothers, providing flexible work days, a private room for them to pump (if and when it’s needed) and give paid time off for parental bonding, I think all our organizations and businesses can! Thanks for the recognition, Healthy Mother’s Coalition!

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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Wins Award for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity

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healthy-mothers-logoW.O.M.A.N., Inc. is now a proud recipient of the silver level Award for Excellence in Maternal Health and Equity from the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition!

The Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, government agencies and employers created to improve the working conditions and health of new parents. The Award for Healthy Mother's Workplace Award 2014 to WIExcellence in Maternal Health and Equity is meant to honor certain agencies who have excelled at implementing policies that will contribute to the overall health and well-being of new parents and their babies. The award is based on an assessment of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s policies relating to parental leave, lactation accommodation and work-family balance. I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my son and after hearing all the horror stories of nursing friends (having to pump in the bathroom or in rooms with no lock where people kept walking in) I was quite anxious about having to pump at work. I’m really grateful to work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. where my needs as a new mom are constantly taken in consideration by the agency and my coworkers. The agency has made my transition into motherhood smoother, offering support when I need it.

Paola Souto, W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Latina Program Manager gave birth to her first child back in February 2014. She shared how W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Policies have helped her during this time in her life.

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my son and after hearing all the horror stories of nursing friends (having to pump in the bathroom or in rooms with no lock where people kept walking in) I was quite anxious about having to pump at work. I’m really grateful to work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. where my needs as a new mom are constantly taken in consideration by the agency and my coworkers. The agency has made my transition into motherhood smoother, offering support when I need it.

There will be an awards ceremony on September 15th from 9:30pm-11:00pm. RSVP and find event details here. For more information on the Healthy Mothers Workplace, visit their website, or visit their Facebook page to see pictures of last year’s event.

 

 

 

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is One of the Volunteer Choice Award Final Five!

The Volunteer Center has announced its Final Five nominees for the 2014 Volunteer Choice Award, and W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is proud to be one of them! The winner will be announced at the Hats Off: A Celebration of Volunteer Heroes event at 111 Minna on June 11th. If you would like to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and its volunteer program, please vote for us! The voting is open until 6 pm on Wednesday, June 10th. 

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Volunteering at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. allows members of the community to join the fight against one of the most universal societal ills–domestic violence. Working for a good cause is a major reward in itself, but W.O.M.A.N., Inc. also provides great avenues for the volunteers’ professional development. You can hone your existing skills as well as learn new ones. Opportunities include the 24-Hour Support Line, Support Group Facilitation, Children’s Support Groups, Outreach, Development, Social Media, and Event Organization.

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Help us get a 2014 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award, write a review of your experience with us!

The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards has been running since 2009. Think of the program like a people’s choice awards where volunteers, donors and people served by the great work of each and every nonprofit can cast their vote in the form of a review to express their appreciation and potentially win nonprofits a spot on the List.  Read about the previous Top-Rated winners.

If you’ve interacted with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. before, then we would love it if you wrote a review.

Thanks so much for the support!

Donor Highlight – Stephanie Burns

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Stephanie Burns

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

I know I shared this story with you, so I’ll work to keep this one as short and simple as I can :).

In spring of 2010, I met an individual by the name of Brandon Brown, with whom I shared my vision of creating an event in honor and celebration of women survivors. In response, he told me that there was someone in SF that I had to meet. He put me in touch with a good friend of his from high school, Lija McHugh, who’s on the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors. Lija and I met in August of 2010, I shared with her my idea and the inaugural Surviving & Thriving was hosted on October 28, 2010.

What’s truly amazing about the inception of this event is that the vision was initially focused on creating a one time event honoring women survivors of sexual assault. Thanks to a chain of serendipitous events and a few incredibly dedicated and phenomenal individuals, Surviving & Thriving was founded in honor and celebration of all of the Phenomenal women in our lives, and the proceeds extend to both W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and SFWAR. The result has been a community of artists, organizations and individuals committed to changing the landscape of violence against women and one heck of a celebration honoring the strength, courage, and grace of the women who have encouraged and inspired us!

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

My inspiration has been twofold – stemming from the influential women I’ve encountered and my experiences as a survivor. Throughout my life, there have been many Phenomenal women who have encouraged and inspired me, and it has been these women – and all the phenomenal women in our lives – who are honored at Surviving & Thriving.

As a survivor of sexual assault, I also wanted to benefit an organization providing support for and encouragement to women who are facing the disempowerment and disconnection that comes from such an experience. Through my healing and that of others, I’ve learned that there are many common threads between the experiences of sexual assault and domestic violence. Both are pervasive, life-threatening and dehumanizing and require immense amounts of strength, courage and grace to overcome.

What served as a catalyst to my healing was being part of a community and understanding that I wasn’t alone. From those realizations came forgiveness and freedom. Surviving & Thriving increases awareness and education about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and SFWAR, and as importantly, creates an extraordinary community of women and men who are supportive, caring and responsibly addressing the challenging social issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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

As Maya Angelou so eloquently shared, ‘Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.’ My hope is that through this event, survivors will recognize the courage that they possess both as survivors and as thrivers. They will recognize that their strength lies in allowing themselves to be vulnerable and in sharing their experiences, and with time, they will heal and see themselves as the Fearless and Phenomenal women that they are.

For Surviving & Thriving, my hope is that the event will continue to develop a community that is courageous, that advocates for women, that stands together and says, ‘Enough is enough!’ A community that understands that when we harm or violate another human being, we hurt ourselves as well. By speaking up and speaking out, we will change the landscape of violence against women.

5) Can you share one fun fact about yourself?

Growing up, my first pet was a ladybug named Rose. When I was in 3rd grade, my parents decided to move to another town. After selling our house, they explained that Rose was not part of the agreement and would be staying behind. In my mind, all ladybugs to this day represent change and good luck – and are named Rose.