Monday, November 7, 2011

November 2011 Y's Words

Dear Friends,

Strong Alone. Fearless Together. This is the motto we use here at the ywca.  We witness the positive effect it has every day on the individuals and families we serve, our staff and volunteers, and our community.

As Governor Gregoire releases her state Budget Reduction Alternatives, we are preparing for proposed funding cuts while taking comfort in knowing we remain a strong organization that is generously supported.  We are supported by our 700+ volunteers, local foundations, community partners, and you (just to name a few).

One way in which we feel the support of this community is through participation in awareness activities. Last month, we recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month with events and social media outreach. You may have participated in our Lighting Ceremony, Bingo Night, In Her Shoes workshop or the Disc Golf Tournament. Perhaps you submitted a blog entry to our website, donated, or shined a purple light to raise awareness about domestic violence. It’s together that we were able to bring attention to this important topic during October. Thank you for your efforts then, now and in the future.

This holiday season, we’ll ask you to Be the Change you want to see in this community. ywca is driving change in our community through the following actions:

ywca clark county has taken a position on the C-Tran measure. In this issue of Our Voice, learn why we encourage you to vote YES November 8th on Proposition 1.
We understand the value of our volunteers and recognize their efforts regularly in our newsletter. This month learn about Nonie Laurine, a wonderful volunteer with the Y’s Care Children’s Program.
With the support of Kaiser Permanente, the SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program is able to provide necessary support for children and parents fleeing from domestic violence.
The Y’s Care Children’s Program has partnered with an international organization to provide an exciting new curriculum to children ages 2 ½ to 5.
And as we launch our Holiday Campaign you may learn of new ways you can support the ywca.

We are a strong organization, and you help us to be fearless in our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.



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