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Philanthropy Files April 2019

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burrell-diana“I will try to be brave. If you do not feel brave today, you may have some of mine. If I do not feel brave, I will borrow some of yours.” ~ Rev. Sara LaWall

I first heard Rev. Sara make that statement last April when the WCA was invited to speak to the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. During Rev. Sara’s two #MeToo services that day, she invited anyone who had a #MeToo story, and anyone who had someone they loved with a #MeToo story, to stand together in support and healing with one another. I still get choked up remembering the feeling of solidarity and the deep sorrow when, looking through my own tears, I saw that almost every person in the congregation had this shared experience regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender identity. It still haunts me.

One of the biggest program expansions we’ve had since last April is in the WCA’s student outreach programs. This school-year, the WCA Outreach Team will present to well over 1,000 individual junior high and high school students, engaging with many of the students multiple times. These students are learning about healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and consent. The newly named Youth REPs (Relationship Education Program) is a group of nine high school students from across the Treasure Valley who work closely with the WCA to create an empowering peer-to-peer network to talk about and model healthy relationships.

Think what that will make possible! This year’s junior and high school students are creating a culture of healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and consent that will reduce the number of sexual assaults and domestic abuse instances as they move through their life’s journey. Your financial support helps make this possible. This will culminate in a day where we can stand together in sharing the experience of healthy relationships and not the trauma of our #MeToo moments.

This is how we will achieve our vision of a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships.

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EVENTS

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 A 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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