A message from our Executive Director...
February is both Black History Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, making it an extra-meaningful month for us at YWCA Glendale, whose mission is to simultaneously address issues of racism, sexism and violence.
This month we focus on redefining what it means to center marginalized voices. Oftentimes we hear the phrase, "How can we bring marginalized voices to the table?," but that thinking erases the fact that marginalized communities have been mobilizing for a long time, building their own tables. So instead, let's ask ourselves how we can better support the incredible work that's already being done in communities directly affected by racism, sexism and violence.
Collectively, YWCA leaders across the country have long played important roles in the civil rights movement, creating policy and social change and being at the center of major historical events, like the March on Washington and the declaration of the YWCA’s One Imperative. Here in Glendale and surrounding communities, you can follow us on social media as we share stories, pose questions, and uplift the voices of people of color and young people.
Thank you for your commitment to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Create a Lasting Change for Women and Girls--Become a Legacy Luncheon Sponsor!
Our largest annual fundraising event, the Legacy Luncheon and Heart & Excellence Awards, enables continued investment in YWCA programs and brings special attention to individuals who have taken great strides to extend the YWCA mission into our community. Tickets for the event are on sale in March, but sponsorships are available now! Event sponsorships are a great way to get the word out about your business and show support to YW's mission.
As a sponsor, you will receive special recognition opportunities such as your logo on welcome signage at the event, your name listed in press releases, ad space and sponsor listing in the program book and shout-outs on social media! Over 300 professionals, elected officials and community leaders from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and surrounding cities attend Legacy Luncheon.We promote Legacy Luncheon and our sponsors to over 1,700 email subscribers and over 1,700 social media followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, especially during the months of February, March and April!
Thank You Celebration for our Major Donors
We recently held an appreciation reception for our Major Donors. All YWCA Major Donors receive a "donor leaf" for reaching the $500+ level of giving for the first time! Donors leaves are added to YWCA Glendale's Growing Tree donor wall in the Welcome Center. We're proud of the generous annual support provided by our Major Donors!
From left, Taline Saad, Ilena Blicker, Sona Tatiyants, T.C. Kim, Joan Allen and Nikki Magnie and Lisa Malm of The Church of Scientology of the Valley Women's Auxiliary
NCL Makes Valentine's Day Memorable for Parents and Children at YW
YWCA Glendale hosted a memorable Valentine's Day event for children and parents in our Domestic Violence Program, thanks to National Charity League (NCL) of Glendale who donated toys, decorations and time to make our event so special. Our program participants and their children created crafts, enjoyed sweet treats and exchanged valentines! NCL of Glendale has always been one of our most supportive community partners, and for that, we're so grateful.
NCL "Ticktockers" setting up for the event.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Did you know that 1 in 3 teens will experience physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from their dating partner by the time they graduate high school? And even more alarming? Only 33% of those teens will ever tell anyone about the abuse.
But this month, you can help break the silence.
Join us as we celebrate and spread the word about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we share tips on how to talk to teens about healthy relationships and highlight existing resources.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Welcomes City Officials and Community Members
Despite stormy skies, a great number of community members and city officials attended our ribbon cutting ceremony for our new ADA ramp and sprinkler system! We are so thankful for the overwhelming support from the community.
Many thanks to City of Glendale's Councilmember Vrej Agajanian and Administrative Analyst Armineh Hoonanian; CDBG Advisory Committee members Armik Avedisian, Lila Ramirez, Chair Ronnie Gharibian; Parks Director Onnig Bulanikian; Glendale Fire Department Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Ragusa; RED Architectural Group's Richard Dell & Mike Karayan; and Pacific Clinics's Wassy Tesfa & Luiza Balyan. Thanks also to Supervisor Barger, Senator Portantino and Assemblymember Laura Friedman for their constant support of YWCA Glendale!
YWCA Glendale Executive Director, Tara Peterson, pictured with RED Architectural Group's Richard Dell
Become a Certified Domestic Violence Peer Counselor
Are you interested in helping people who have experienced violence? Sign up today to become a domestic violence peer counselor.
YWCA Glendale offers a biannual (Spring/Summer) 40-Hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training for anyone who is interested in working directly with survivors of violence.
Upon completing the training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that allows you to pursue volunteer and employment opportunities working directly with survivors of domestic violence in California.
Cal State LA students after completing their 40-hour training.
Why I Volunteer
We asked a few of our volunteers to share why they chose YWCA Glendale to donate their time. Read what they had to say below. Are you interested in being added to the YWCA Glendale volunteer opportunities listserve? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
"I volunteer with YWCA Glendale because I am also a survivor of domestic violence. It's important to me to help others in their healing journey and do my best to be a community partner."-Emily
"As a student studying social work, it is important to me to spend time volunteering in organizations that align with my own personal values. YWCA Glendale's mission is something I support and am honored to help move forward."-Rosa
"Growing up, I always cared for my younger siblings. When my mother passed away, I realized that my younger siblings needed a different level of care. Volunteering in the children's program at YWCA Glendale allows me to learn more about trauma-informed care and how I can be a better advocate for children in need." -Marie
Where We'll Be
Come see us as we're out and about in the community! Would you like to see us at your event? Email email@example.com
March 1: Camp Rosie registration opens
March 11-12: CPEDV’s Shifting the Lens Conference
March 19-29: Children’s Bureau Staff 40-Hour Training
April 1-5: YWCA Glendale’s biannual 40-Hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training
April 18: Legacy Luncheon, La Cañada Country Club
735 East Lexington Drive Glendale, CA 91206
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