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The click of a new pen, the crinkling cracks of the unopened pages of a new notebook. Tissue boxes, backpacks, new markers… it must be that time of year again… back to school! Back to school

 has always been one of my most favorite times of the year. There is something so satisfying about doing all the shopping and getting ready for that first day. This year was quite different as I had the privilege to coordinate the 2021WCA Back to School program. 

For some individuals, back to school can be a daunting experience — time, money and availability are all factors that can make back-to-school shopping more stressful than fun. The WCA Back-to-School program allows current clients with kids enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade to be anonymously sponsored by members in our community to receive school supplies, school clothes, shoes, a coat and have certain school fees paid for.

Our sponsors this year included a wide range of businesses, families, and individuals who were able to assist 35 families and a total of 83 kids. These kids received items they needed for school. In addition, following specific guidelines and protocols to keep safety at the forefront of what we do, we were able to have volunteers back on-site to assist with the program (see Volunteer Voice for more info). Our wonderful WCA volunteers were able to assist with donor drop-offs, client pickups and organizing tasks in between.

Thank you to all of the individuals who helped make this year’s program successful!

“Thank you for your help this year, you have helped more than you know. You brought tears to my eyes.”

– 2021 Back-to-School Sponsorship WCA Client 

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May 23

2024

WCA Virtual Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Sep 03

2024

2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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Oct 06

2024

Sue B Stroll and 5K October 6, 2024

Join us for the 15th annual SueB 5k  for Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 15th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 6, 2024 at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. Registration opens June 5! This event has always been about outreach and honoring the […]

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