In December, we lost a beloved and respected community leader. Val Joshua was passionate about eliminating racism and oppression. Learn how Val influenced our community and the work of YWCA Clark County in this month’s newsletter. An inspiration for all, Ms. Joshua will be forever missed and never forgotten.
Also in December, YWCA held our 10th annual Holiday Shop – a no charge ‘shopping’ opportunity for participants in need during the holiday season. The Youth Philanthropy group from Community Foundation of Southwest Washington made up a handful of the more than 70 volunteers who stepped up to make the shop a success. Our annual holiday campaign also ran last month and continues until January 15th.
If you are a senior citizen considering a donation, pay special attention to the tax break announcement which outlines a federal tax break available for a short time only. If you’ve already donated, thank you.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the many people and businesses who have given both to the Holiday Shop and to the holiday campaign this year.
Coming up in the new year are two awareness months that aim to fight oppression. This January and February, we will focus on stalking and teen dating violence awareness. Read “Violence Prevention and Awareness” to learn how stalking and dating violence affects our community and what you can do about it. Also, meet Cecily Griffus, LGBTQ Advocacy and Dating Violence Prevention Specialist, whose prevention work helps area teens recognize signs of violence and
Also in January, YWCA is offering a five week group for men who love someone who is healing from sexual assault or abuse. Laurie Schacht and Rick Sievers will co-facilitate this group in a casual, respectful and empowering atmosphere.
If you’re a volunteer or interested in volunteering, be sure to check out the Volunteer Venue, a new section of YWCA’s newsletter that is news specific for YWCA volunteers. This month Stephanie Barr, Director of Volunteer Development interviews WORTH volunteer Skyler Dorsey-Schlenker. We’re also recruiting volunteers and are offering an open house January 29th for those who want to learn more.
Strong Alone. Fearless Together. Happy New Year!