W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Guest Bartends at Tonic

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: 

Guest Bartenders:

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
Sabrina Woon, 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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Dismantling & Rebuilding: Celebrating Jill Zawisza’s 20 Years of Leadership

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.galeria1

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.

JillAbout Jill:

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.
  • RSVP on Facebook & invite your friends here.
  • Can’t make it to the event, but still want to support? Donate in lieu of attending at www.womaninc.org/donate

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Donor Spotlight: Selena Standberg & Hired Team

1) What is your name & what do you do? 

Selena Strandberg

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.? Woman_2

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.
Woman_14) 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.

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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!

Couldn’t make it to this event? Or loved this event so much you want to attend another?

The folks at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. are hosting our own guest bartending event this Thursday, March 23rd. RSVP here!

Adopt-a-Family 2016 Recap

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!

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

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

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