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August 2019

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Dear Friend,

The other day I ran into two former board members at a Glendale Arts fundraiser: Page White who served in the 70s and Bruce Hinkley who served in the 90s. YWCA Glendale was one of the first local YW associations in the nation to elect men to our board of directors.

As you know, YWCA Glendale is dedicated to promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all, and we certainly focus on women’s needs and issues. But we also recognize the important role men play in eliminating racism and empowering women, and that's why our board and staff include men as a part of our commitment to diverse representation. 

Currently we have three men serving on our board, and we just recently hired two new male advocates to work directly with women in crisis. Reflecting on the men who have been involved with YW throughout the decades, I was inspired to think about ways we can truly engage men as allies in uplifting women and girls.

As I was brainstorming ideas, I was quickly reminded of the men whom I’ve had the opportunity of meeting and working with over the past three years, and I am beyond excited to announce our inaugural YWCA Glendale Purple Tie Awards. Held during our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil, the Purple Tie Awards will highlight men in our community who support survivors and choose to build a future free from violence.

Domestic Violence, sexual assault, and stalking are not just women’s issues, they are community issues and gender equality cannot be achieved without the involvement of men and boys. We have more work to further engage men in our work it’s a critical to our work in changing attitudes and beliefs that promote violence against women. Thank you for being a part of our efforts to create positive change. 


Tara Peterson
Executive Director
YWCA Glendale

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August Donor Spotlight: Bonnie and Daniel James

Bonnie and Daniel James

  1. What first drew you to give to YWCA Glendale?
    Bonnie: I had wanted to donate to a domestic violence shelter for a while because it's an issue close to my heart, and when I researched YWCA Glendale and saw that they not only provide emergency services, but legal, mental health, and prevention classes, I was all in! 
    Daniel: I feel strongly about enabling people to do work that I am not personally equipped to do.  Bonnie had discovered what YWCA Glendale was doing in our community and we decided to support them in their cause.
  2. What are you passionate about?
    Bonnie: Everything?  If I'm into something I'm all in.  I guess as far as causes, I'm passionate about domestic violence prevention and gun violence prevention.  For more fun passions, I'm really into games–board games, video games, puzzles, word games.  I love podcasts from the Maximum Fun community of podcasts.  I really love knitting and calligraphy/lettering.  Music has always been a passion of mine because of how it's such a great way to express emotions in a way words can't.  I could go on, but I'm not sure there's enough room for everything. 
    Daniel: Programming, biking, transit, coffee, data.
  3. Who are some of your favorite influential women in history?
    Bonnie: I feel like history writers are only just starting to write about amazing women from history, so it's hard to say who my favorite woman from history is, cause I still have so many women to read about!  I will say some of my favorite women making history right now are Bernice King, Nelba Márquez-Greene, and Brené Brown.  These women fight for love, vulnerability, living with grief, courage, and speaking truth even when it's hard.  Really, there are a lot of women doing amazing work right now in all kinds of fields who I admire, but these ladies always come to mind first. 
    Daniel: Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace, Mae Jemison, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  4. What was the last book you read? 
    Bonnie: Do graphic novels count?  Cause I think it was either "Glitch" by Sarah Graley or "The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited" by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy and Carey Pietsch.  The last book I read was "Fight Like a Mother" by Shannon Watts. 
    Daniel: The last two books I finished reading were: "An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management", and "Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent".  I'm currently reading: "Fight Like a Mother" and "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Stories".
  5. Do you have any pets?Cat
    We have one cat named Rufus!
  6. What is your favorite place in Southern California?
    Bonnie: Zuma Beach
    Daniel: Ventura because it's chill, Downtown San Diego because it's pedestrian-focused and has amazing food, and hiking and biking up in the Angeles National Forest behind NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  7. What do you regret not doing in the last year?
    Bonnie: Listening to Lizzo sooner!  So many months I missed out on rocking to "Good as Hell"! 
    Daniel: Buying my own bike sooner.
  8. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Bonnie: Stress eating ice cream.  TCHO chocolate gelato, anything from Carmela's, and Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Therapy are a few of my favorites. 
    Daniel: Really fancy coffee.
  9. Where did you grow up and what were you like as a child?
    Bonnie: I grew up in Texas in the DFW area.  I was a very loud, opinionated, in charge, fiery child. I would yell at bullies and go after anyone that was trying to hurt my friends, but I also was very emotionally sensitive.  I couldn't eat gummy bears or ice cream shaped like a clown cause I didn't want to hurt them and had strong emotional outbursts to books and movies.  I remember sobbing in class in third grade when our teacher read "Where the Red Fern Grows" aloud and not being able to sleep for months after watching "Jaws". 
    Daniel: I grew up in Arleta in the San Fernando Valley.  I was a rambunctious, nerdy child who starting programming when I was ten.   I was very active but never particularly wanted to participate in team sports, so I figured skated for much of my teens.
  10. What would you like to pass on to future generations? 
    Bonnie: I think I would like to pass on the ability to have hope in the face of despair, courage and the ability to face fears in a scary world, the value of vulnerability, joy in the face of sorrows, the power of using their voice (especially when it comes to speaking truth to power), the magic of songs and dancing even when people are watching, and the knowledge that it is possible to live with deep grief and still thrive. 
    Daniel: I think the things I’d like to pass on are also things I am looking for and working toward myself: a rooted sense of where home is, an abiding sense of belonging, and a resilient sense of community.


Announcing the First Annual Purple Tie Awards - October 3

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YWCA Glendale and the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women invite you to the

“Take A Stand” Candlelight Vigil and Purple Tie Awards

Thursday, October 3, 2019

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

YWCA Glendale

735 E. Lexington Drive

Glendale, CA 91206

*Purple attire encouraged*

Join us for our annual Candlelight Vigil to honor victims of domestic violence and celebrate the voices of survivors, and Take A Stand To Make A Difference with our inaugural Purple Tie Awards highlighting men who work to support domestic violence survivors and who work toward the elimination of violence against women and families in Glendale.

2019 Purple Tie Honorees 


Law Enforcement Advocate
Sgt. Alex Krikorian, Glendale Police Department

Volunteer Advocate
James Maddox, MSW, ASW

Community Partner Advocate
Albert Hernandez, Executive Director
Family Promise of the Verdugos


Did You Attend Your Local "National Night Out"? 

On Tuesday August 6 YWCA Glendale joined Glendale Police in celebrating the 35th anniversary of National Night Out at Pacific Community Center – just one of the 37 NNO Events in Glendale! Many great local organizations such as Glendale Public Library, Glendale Community College, Pasadena Humane Society, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley,  Moms Demand Action and ACLU were on hand to showcase the wonderful resources they have to offer. Senator Anthony Portantino and City Council Member Paula Devine also stopped by to show their support. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s food, music and games and met many new friends. See you next year for National Night Out 2020!

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Meet Our Volunteer of The Month: Milen Coronado, a.k.a. Camp Rosie Champion!

"Not only have I met amazing and empowering women and girls, but also a supportive community that provides a variety of resources for families in need. My time with YWCA Glendale so far is an experience I won’t forget!"

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“I am currently on my second year at California State University, Northridge majoring in Liberal Studies. I have been fortunate enough to volunteer for Camp Rosie for two sessions this summer. I have always had a passion for helping students, which is why Camp Rosie at YWCA caught my attention when searching for volunteer opportunities for the summer. During my time at Camp Rosie, I helped girls from the age of 10-14 adjust to the idea of being prepared for anything that’s thrown at them in life. For instance, learning how to change a flat tire on their bike, how to practice self-defense, how to use their resources within the community, and most importantly, getting out of their comfort zone while working with Glendale Arts. The experience gained at Camp Rosie has helped me take a leadership role with the girls by assisting them with the activities. Not only have I met amazing and empowering women and girls, but also a supportive community that provides a variety of resources for families in need. My time with YWCA Glendale so far is an experience I won’t forget!”

Find out how you can volunteer with YWCA Glendale!  


Thank You, July Donors!!

Thanks to all the generous donors who made a gift in July. We appreciate your support!


Click here to make a gift to support YWCA Glendale!

Arlene Vidor

Benjamin Leis

Daniel & Bonnie James

Harry Webb Trust

Jerome French

Miryam Finkelberg

Susan Hunt

Kiwanis Club of Glendale, including:

Elissa Glickman

Rosemary Montana & Glenn Wiener

Nick Nagy

Laurel Patric

Robert Praun

Andrew Roth

Randy Slaughter

Suzonne Slaughter

Pamela Spiszman


Special Donors Make Back-to-School Easier for Families in DV Program

Backpack Donations

Donations such as these back-to-school backpacks from OnTrac, The Joint Chiropractic and Salem Lutheran Church are much more than school supplies for the children in our Domestic Violence Program. For children who have been exposed to violence at home, having trusted adults to turn to for comfort and support is critical to their healing, and regaining a sense of routine and stability is especially important for those who have moved homes, changed schools and left behind familiar support systems. YWCA Glendale is here for these children and their families, because supporters like you do so much to help.

Reflections on Camp Rosie

city hall camp rosie.jpgReflecting on all three sessions of Camp Rosie, Camp Director Dannielle says that at that age (11-14) girls are often not heard and so for some of the girls, they were suprised to find mentors in staff and visiting instructors. What makes Camp Rosie unique is its commitment to a safe community where the girls can support one other and explore their potential.

Dannielle recounts a moment where she said to one of the campers who was from Boyle Heights, “We're taking you to City Hall because it’s important for you to know how decisions are made in your community. When you think about politics, it’s not just about the president; there’s a lot of work that happens at the local level.”

Thanks to Christine Powers at the City of Glendale, the girls were able to take a tour of City Hall and learn about local government.

At the end of the visit, it was clear that the camper could see herself as part of her community, as she remarked, “I’m going to go find the City Hall where I am from!”

Thanks to our partners, Soroptimist International of Glendale and Glendale Arts, as well as all our sponsors, for making a difference in the lives of so many girls this summer! We look forward to sharing our Camp Rosie evaluation report with you soon! 

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Did You Miss It? Camp Rosie in the Glendale News-Press

Click here to read the article! https://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/story/2019-07-30/camp-rosie-glendale

Camp Rosie

735 East Lexington Drive Glendale, CA 91206

Phone (818) 242-4155 | info@glendaleywca.org

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