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burrell-dianaAs we talk about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and healthy relationships, I think of how acts of philanthropy can help create stronger relationships, not just within the community but within families. We have several parent-child teams who help us at the WCA. Their shared experiences create opportunities for conversations that they might not otherwise have.

I’ve heard from several of our donors who use their personal financial philanthropy as a model for their children and grandchildren. One of the most impactful ideas I’ve heard is from a parent who teaches her children to split their allowances (or earned money in older children) three ways – one third can be spent on whatever they want, one third is put in savings for a long term goal, and one third is set aside to donate to cause the child cares about. If your child or grandchild is unsure of what interests them that presents a great opportunity to explore many of the wonderful nonprofits in our community. Like the WCA, many of the nonprofits here in the Treasure Valley offer educational tours to for the public on a regular basis. Check out their websites for details. Our tour schedule may be found here.

Philanthropy isn’t just about financial giving, it’s also about volunteering. Teens gain many benefits from volunteering, such as:

  • Developing an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for “giving back” and helping others.
  • Exposure to diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Opportunities to apply academic learning to real human needs.
  • Building relationships and “social connectedness” with peers, adults, and activists sharing a cause.
  • Improve communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Help students stand out among other applicants; admissions officers want well rounded co-eds who volunteer; service work is a leading decision-making factor after a student’s GPA and SAT scores.
  • Provide a topic of interest for college essays; emphasis on “why” and “how” a student has tackled an issue.

Think of what sharing your philanthropic values and goals with your children may make possible for your family. Not only will it help them get real-world experiences, connect with the community and build stronger college applications, but it may also help you bond and form a lifelong connection through philanthropy

Pease watch our Facebook page or email [email protected] for volunteer opportunities.

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Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Order your Denim Day Outreach Kit! Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially […]

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Apr 25

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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May 07

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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May 12

2024

Closets for Cause & Mother’s Day Dinner with Chandlers

Visit Chandlers on Mother’s Day, May 12th, to support the WCA through their Closets For A Cause event! This clothing pop-up is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. and we know you will find something you love. Additionally, visit https://www.chandlersboise.com/ to reserve your spot for their Mother’s Day Prix Fixe dinner, with proceeds […]

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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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