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

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. 

 

7th Annual Adopt a Family Holiday Gift Card Drive

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Please help empower survivors of domestic violence and make the holidays special for their children! Last holiday season, we received $1,000 in the form of gift cards, and some amazing gifts thanks to community members like you.  Join us in supporting our 7th Annual Adopt a Family Holiday Gift Card Drive!

This holiday season, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is looking for some very special donors to support families who have experienced domestic violence.

Along with our amazing donors, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has provided assistance that serves as an invaluable resource for survivors of domestic violence: EMPOWERMENT.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is asking donors to provide gift cards, rather than actual wrapped presents, for participating families. Your donation of a gift card allows the survivor to be part of the holiday shopping experience, allowing them to pick out the best gifts for their children.

All of our participating clients are engaged in our programs and have a vested interest in making some big changes in their lives, and the lives of their children.

Many of these clients have recently left abusive relationships and lack the funds to get their children holiday gifts. Others are finding it difficult to find work, or their jobs allow them to provide the bare minimum for themselves and their children.

These people are deserving of your help!

Interested? Please send your name and contact number to: adoptafamily@womaninc.org

Our goal is to gather 15-20, $50 gift cards –please help us reach this goal!

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 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

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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.

Many Thanks to the Producing Team of the Vagina Monologues!

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On Valentines Day weekend, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was thrilled to be a beneficiary of a spectacular production of Vagina Monologues at A.C.T.’s  the Strand Theater.
This performance of The Vagina Monologues was presented as a part ofIMG_1604.JPGV-Day’s Campaign, ONE BILLION RISING, an international movement to end violence against women. This annual mass action unites millions around the world to advocate for justice, safety and systemic change. Every year, thousands put together benefit events in honor of V-Day to raise money for local rape crisis centers and domestic violence organizations. Last year, these efforts have raised awareness, impacted legislature, and collectively raised over $100 million in urgently needed funds for groups doing the essential work of ending violence and serving survivors and their families. (x)

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through these selected monologues reverberates stories of resilience, liberation and self-empowerment. For more than a decade, The Vagina Monologues has shined a light on intimate but important experiences and has brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending gender-based violence. (x)IMG_1607

The event was a great success bringing in over $1,800 for W.O.M.A.N, Inc.!  In addition to the thoughtful contributions, the Vagina Monologues provided a thought-provoking and memorable experience for our team and community members.  Thank you to our volunteers Erin and Sarah for volunteering to represent W.O.M.A.N., Inc. at the event. Also, sending sincere gratitude to the producing team for selecting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Our team had an amazing time being apart of the event and we appreciate your support and collaboration. Community members like you allow us to thrive!