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If you are not in immediate danger but need help, call the 24-hour domestic violence emergency hotline at 937-222-SAFE (7233).
2014 Women of Influence Awards Call For Nominations Deadline Extended
The YWCA Dayton is seeking nominations for its 2014 Women of Influence Awards. This award honors women in the greater Dayton/Miami Valley community who have made a positive influence on the lives of others, as part of their careers, as volunteers, as role models or mentors. Click here to access the nomination form.
Nominations are accepted from the community and honorees are selected by a panel of community leaders. Nominees do not have to be active in the YWCA and nominations cannot be accepted for current YWCA Dayton staff or board of directors. They should reflect the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Additionally, nominees should also exemplify community spirit, leadership, volunteerism and making a difference in the lives of others.
A luncheon celebration will be held on March 13, 2014 at the Dayton Convention Center to honor the award winners. For more information on tickets and sponsorship, please call 937-461-5550, ext. 107.
Take the Purple Pledge!
The YWCA Week Without Violence, the third week in October, is a signature initiative created by YWCA USA nearly 20 years ago to mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs. This year, YWCA Week Without Violence is October 14-20, 2013. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The YWCA Dayton will be honoring survivors and holding public events all week long. Click here to view the schedule. During this Week Without Violence, we urge everyone in the Greater Dayton area to examine our relationships both intimate and public and to recognize that, far from being golden, silence about violence can be fatal.
1 in 3 women will experience violence at some point in her life. Eliminating Violence Against Women is necessary for a healthy and progressive society. Violence against women takes many forms, including domestic violence, rape and its use as a weapon of war, the practice of forced marriages of girl children, the feminization of poverty and the selective aborting of unborn females, among others. We believe that individual action can end the silence and eliminate the violence. All it takes is a simple pledge -- a promise to stand against violence.
Through this pledge, the YWCA Dayton wants to engage with every man and woman, boy and girl to take a stand and personally pledge that they will never commit, allow or encourage physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic abuse. The silence ends with YOU.
Click here to take the Purple Pledge. Click on the Purple Pledge Ribbon to view like-minded pledgers.
Click on the Advocacy Tab above to learn more about Domestic Violence.
Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you to all the YWomen and YWomen Supporters who came out on Wednesday morning, October 2nd, to honor Domestic Violence Survivors and remember victims. The Breakfast was a huge success raising over $27,000 at the event with more gifts arriving daily since then. We truly appreciate this community's support and endorsement of our efforts to erradicate domestic abuse and empower all of us to take action when we witness violence in our lives.
At the breakfast, the 2nd Marsha Froelich Survivor Award was given to Crystal Walker, a survivor of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and the murder of her 28 year old son. She is also a semester away from completing her Doctorate of Ministry at United Theological Seminary. She utilizes her faith and her strong willingness to tell her story to overcome all odds. She is a true survivor. We salute Mrs. Walker for her courage and resilience.
The Marsha Froelich Survivor Award was established to honor an outstanding femaile whose words, acitons or demeanor serve to exemplify, inspire, set an example and celebrate the spirit of a survivor who has overcome difficult odds, conditions, or situations and exemplifies caring, compassion and devotion to helping others. "Mrs. Walker is a very strong and intelligent woman and is very deserving of the award. The YWCA Dayton was honored to have her as the recipient of the Marsha Froelich Survivor Award this year," stated Tyra Jackson, interim CEO.
Pictured here from the left are Melanie Froelich Butter, Judge Jeffrey Froelich, Cathy Ponitz, Chair of the 2013 YWomen Breakfast, Crystal Walker, 2013 Marsha Froelich Survivor Award Recipient and Rev. Shelby Walker.
Click here to view more snaps of the event.
Couldn't make the Breakfast but need to support Domestic Violence Survivors? Just click on the logo to the right to go directly to the YWomen -- This is My Story Donation Page
Save the Date!
The 2014 Women of Influence Luncheon will be happening on Thursday March 13, 2014, so mark your calendars for the Dayton Region's Premier Daytime Event celebrating Women who Influence and inspire us to be the very best we can.
Women of Influence Honorees are women in the greater Dayton community who have been a positive influence in the lives of others--as part of their careers, as volunteers, as role models or mentors. Nominations will be open beginning November 1, 2013. Please check back then to access the nomination form and tell us about that Influential woman in your life!
The Women of Influence Luncheon serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the YWCA Dayton. Held at the Dayton Convention Center, Individual tickets for the luncheon are $80 per person for Patrons, $140 per person for Grand Patrons and Table Sponsorships (Tables seat 8 individuals) range from $800 to $10,000. For additional ticket or sponsorship information call the YWCA Dayton at 937.461.5550 ext. 129.
VAWA Reauthorization Act 2013 Passes!
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and passed this vital legislation by a bipartisan vote of 286-138, including 87 republicans voting in favor.
The legislation that passed is a strong reauthorization that includes landmark protections for women on Tribal lands, improves protections for immigrant victims, ensures services for LGBT survivors, and adds important housing protections for victims. The bill also preserves and maintains core funding for life-saving victim services.
Shelter Wish List
The YWCA is in need of personal care items (regular and travel size) for its women and children clients. This includes:
- Towels/Wash Cloths
- Twin Sheets
- Soaps/Body Washes
- Shampoo/conditioner (ethnic brands, too)
- Combs and brushes
- Toothbrushes (adult and child size)
- Toothpaste and Mouthwash
- Tampons/Sanitary Napkins
- Pampers (any size)
Items may be dropped off at the YWCA Front Desk at 141 W. Third Street.
Gift of Hope
Honor the important people in your life…Give the Gift of Hope!
Are you looking for a unique gift for your family or office co-worker, book or card club get-together, or for teachers, caregivers and service providers? Is your business interested in showing appreciation to its customers with something besides another box of candy or a calendar?
How about a gift that truly keeps on giving? Support the YWCA Dayton’s Gift of Hope Campaign! The Gift of Hope allows you to honor your friends, families or colleagues by making a donation to the YWCA Dayton in their names.
Your gift will play a vital role in helping the YWCA Dayton continue its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We have a 139-year legacy of addressing critical social needs in our Dayton community, including: domestic violence, racial justice, homelessness, childcare, affordable housing, plus self-sufficiency and personal development for women and teens.
Your investment will provide hope for a better tomorrow to the women and children who turn to the YWCA during their most desperate times looking for shelter, comfort, guidance and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
The YWCA will provide you with special donation envelopes, if requested, and will send honorees a notice of your gift. Checks and credit cards are accepted.
For more information about the Gift of Hope Campaign, contact the YWCA Dayton Development Office at 937-461-5550, x118.
Cell Phone Collection
The YWCA Dayton is collecting used cell phones to help support Shelter Service Programs. If you are a business that would like to begin a collection drive on behalf of the YWCA, please contact Matt Sauls at 937-461-5550 x128 for more information. Used cell phones can be dropped off at the YWCA Dayton during business hours 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.