Thank you! We’ve raised over $15,000 during Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

During this year’s Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, we had 13 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 over  $15,000 in unrestricted funding for our organization — over $6,000 from the Purple Purse Challenge and over $9,000 in offline donations. In addition to that, we won Bonus Challenge prizes amounting to $600! We can’t thank you enough for your support. 

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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 Bacalao
Elida Margarita Bautista
Stephanie Colorado
Bibiana Gutierrez
Blase Hents
Jadma Jazzer
Katherine Jeffery
Loki The Yorkie & Alicia Padillapaz
Sarah Lee
Mary Martinez
Adilia Preciado
Shaena Spoor
Alice Yom
Jill Zawisza

All money raised goes straight back to our programs and services that support survivors, their friends and family 24/7. To learn more about the work you are supporting, please visit our website at www.womaninc.org.

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Meet a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Volunteer: Samantha W.

1) How long have you been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I’ve been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. since 2014… around three years.

2) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
 I’m someone who loves traveling, reading, and eating my way through San Francisco. I’m looking forward to adding the role of mother to my life soon too.
3) What is your role and what opportunities have you been involved with at the organization?
As a front-line crisis worker [on the 24/7 Support Line], I have had opportunities to connect with callers who are looking for help. This can range from figuring out whether their relationships are abusive, looking for emergency shelter, to learning more about legal options that exist in the Bay Area. I have also had opportunities to connect with other dedicated volunteers at fundraising efforts such as W.O.M.A.N. Inc.’s guest bartending nights.
4) What propelled you to volunteer with us & what motivates you to continue the anti-violence work you do?

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I started volunteering with an amazing anti-violence organization (Battered Women Support Services) in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada. My training there profoundly impacted my life, and propelled me to get an education in counseling psychology. When I moved to San Francisco, I wanted to continue connecting with smart, badass individuals who approach anti-violence work from an intersectional stance.
Even if I can’t make the biggest financial donation or dedicate as much time as I would like, doing something small and regular does make a difference. My motivation to continue the anti-violence work can be summed up by Margret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Receives the Healthy Mother’s Workplace Silver Award

On October 16th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. attended the annual San Francisco Healthy Mother’s Workplace Award Ceremony at the San Francisco Federal Building.  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.” We were honored to receive San Francisco Healthy Mothers Workplace Silver Award for yet another year.  W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is proud to support working parents by providing flexibility, leave and safe, clean spaces for lactation needs. If our tiny org can make these things possible, certainly many more of us can work harder to support new parents in the workplace. Thanks to the organizers and to the folks fighting for families and mamas in the workplace!

Thank You Verizon Hopeline for Supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Outreach & Education Program!

This October, as with every year, we celebrate and honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As a part of this celebration, we step up our community education and outreach efforts. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. sees this aspect of the work as critical; not only does it inform survivors, their family and their friends of our services, but it can help prevent violence from happening. One of our goals is to help our guests identify unhealthy behaviors that they may be experiencing or enacting themselves in their relationships.

Another goal is to support survivor’s healing through helping others experiencing domestic violence. We are honored to call on an amazing group of past program participants to infuse our educational efforts with their own stories. These women, all monolingual Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence, formed a group they call Echando Pa’lante (translating to Moving Forward). After graduating from a counselor training, they have become W.O.M.A.N., Inc ambassadors providing not only outreach, but also support group facilitation and crisis counseling. One of these women, Laura, helped San Francisco kick-off domestic violence awareness month by sharing some her story of healing at city hall. An excerpt of her speech can be found below:

As a survivor, I formed part of the group Echando Pa’lante (Moving Forward), which has given me tools and the necessary training to support other women. I want to use that bad experience (with domestic violence), for positive things and make it reach many places. Through the outreach that we do, I am an example that “SI SE PUEDE”. I am a stronger person, with a free soul, I know how to say no to things that I do not like, and I love myself.  

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Ensuring we create spaces for women like Laura to share her story is of great importance to our work. As you can imagine, this work involves much coordinating, training and connection within the community; support from others invested in serving survivors and preventing domestic violence is crucial. This is just one reason we are so fortunate and thankful for the support of key funders of our outreach program. We are thrilled to share that we recently received support from a Verizon HopeLine to continue this vital outreach. Their support means we will be able to provide more hours of outreach this year, engaging not only with adults but with young folks as well. Many thanks to Verizon HopeLine for their continued investment to support this work.

Interested in having W.O.M.A.N., Inc. provide a presentation for your school, community gathering or organization? Follow this link: to request a presentation today!

 

We believe you.

We were very honored to be invited to KGO 810 to talk about WOMAN Inc during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Thank you to the station and to Ronn Owens for allowing us access to your platform; we connected with your listeners and hope some folks listening needed to hear about our organization.

Unfortunately, we weren’t present during the conversation about George H.W. Bush and the recent accusations of sexual harassment made against him; we wish we could have been there to join in and share our thoughts.

Nevertheless, we want to be sure that our community understands our stance on sexual harassment. Our stance is rather simple: Sexual harassment (including but not limited to unwanted touching, taunting, advances, threats, intimidation, inappropriate sexual jokes, or unwanted remarks on a woman’s physical appearance) is never OK. Never.

By definition, sexual harassment flies in the face of consent. There are no false equivalencies that can be drawn to water down the shame a perpetrator should feel after making unsolicited, unwelcome advances toward women. It can not be explained away, minimized or ignored–regardless of the perpetrator’s physical abilities (or lack thereof), age, position of authority or status. In other words, you don’t get a pass, (former) President Bush. Neither does anyone else.

When someone perpetrates sexual harassment they are gaining power and control, much like when someone uses abuse in their relationship. It isn’t OK. It dehumanizes the victim. Women are not game pieces to be played in brokering power moves. Women are not trophies for men who desperately need to feel powerful, for weak men who don’t like the word NO. Women are not conquests. Women are people with agency and rights. Treat us accordingly.

Finally, we want to center, in this case, women sharing their stories. They are not easy stories to tell, they aren’t always safe stories to tell, they are stories that can detrimental to tell. And yet, there is freedom in letting go of someone else’s secret. The men are responsible for their harassment. Our hope is that the #metoo movement (thank you Tarana Burke who created the hashtag 10 years ago!) will continue to help victims–survivors–to let that shame and isolation go.

We believe you. We stand with you. We hear you. We see you. We honor you.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off at City Hall

Kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month at City Hall yesterday! W.O.M.A.N, Inc. got to speak alongside leaders, advocates, and community members.

 

If folks missed the kick-off, we’d like to share Laura’s (a founding member of our Echando Pa’lante Program) speech about her experience w/ WINC below:
“Hace algunos años , viví una de las peores experiencia de mi vida, que fue la Violencia Doméstica. Viví en carne propia todos los tipos de abuso, desde psicológico, físico, económico, y sexual. Mi vida era un desastre, no encontraba una razón para vivir. Me sentía culpable por haber dejado a mis hijos en México, ya que como otras mujeres emigre a los Estados Unidos en busca de una mejor vida, pero las cosas no eran lo que yo creía. No tuve una, sino 2 relaciones abusivas, y fue hasta que estuve a punto de morir en manos de mi agresor que fue lo que me hizo reaccionar, así fue como llegue a W.O.M.A.N., Inc, aproximadamente en el 2007 y así logre salir adelante. Ya como sobreviviente, forme parte del grupo Echando Pa’lante, el cual me ha dado las herramientas y el entrenamiento necesario para poder ayudar a otras mujeres. Quiero usar esa mala experiencia en cosas positivas y hacerla llegar a muchos lugares. A través del alcance que realizamos, yo soy un ejemplo de que SI SE PUEDE. Ahora soy una persona fuerte, con una alma libre, se decir no a lo que no me gusta, y me quiero a mi misma. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. ha estado a mi lado en los peores momentos de mi vida, pero también en mis logros. Nunca terminaré de agradecer lo que W.O.M.A.N., Inc. ha hecho por mi. GRACIAS!”
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We Could Win up to $100,000 — Support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in The 2017 Purple Purse Challenge!

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? 
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