Monday, March 11, 2013

March 2013 Y's Words

Spring is right around the corner, and YWCA Clark County is budding with excitement. We have many success stories to share from earlier this year, and much to look forward to on the horizon.

On March 2nd, we were honored to partake in the Classic Wines Auction, where $2.9 million was raised for five charities: Friends of the Children – Portland, New Avenues for Youth, Metropolitan Family Service, Randall Children’s Hospital and YWCA Clark County. A special thank you to our sponsors and guests.  Their generosity helps save lives and change lives. The amazing commitment and support of volunteers and staff, who worked tirelessly over the past several months, helped create a magical evening.  Thank You! The Classic Wines Auction is in the process of reconciling all donations, and by early May we should know how much revenue YWCA will receive from the auction.

We also met with state legislators earlier this year to share our gratitude for their time and our needs for future support. Natalie Wood, Director of Programs, provides a brief review in this month’s newsletter. We’re also grateful to United Way, Hands On Greater Portland and Kohl’s Cares who provided support for the new carpet covering the East wing of our community building. Stephanie Barr, Director of Volunteer Development, mentions this and more exciting developments in the Volunteer Venue: a special section of the newsletter focused on volunteers.  Also in this month’s newsletter, meet CASA Program Director, Barbara Kuzmic, whose strong background in advocacy and cultural awareness make her well suited for the position.

April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. YWCA will be hosting awareness activities throughout April. Some dates are still being finalized, so keep your mailbox open and watch for an announcement later this month. We will also be raising funds this spring for the  Children’s Advocacy Program, a division of our SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program which empowers  parents and children to re-define a future through strength-based planning. Every dollar makes a difference. Please give what you can to support these families seeking a better future .

Lastly, we are gearing up for our benefit luncheon and invite you to secure your sponsorship early. Although the luncheon isn’t until September, now is the best time to secure your sponsorship to take advantage of all the benefits. Consider signing up today!

Strong Alone.  Fearless Together.

Sherri Bennett

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