August 2012


Rock  'N' Roll San Diego

Hi Friends,Rock 'n' Roll San Diego

I am so touched by all of the generosity and support I have received so far during my Running to End Domestic Violence Quest. The campaign has now raised $2,700 to support WOMAN, Inc! If you can, please help me to raise another $300 by the end of the week. And remember, WOMAN Inc’s Board Chair has promised to match the $5,000 I raise—bringing in $10,000 total for survivors of domestic violence! So please support me today if you can. Click Here to Donate.
And here’s my update!
One down… FIVE to go! I ran the first of my 6 half marathons in San Diego on June 2nd. Overall, it was a wonderful race and I felt incredibly relieved to see that finish line and get that bottle of water from one of the volunteers.  If you want to learn more about the first race, check out my blog post at Runway Junkie.
There’s more good news! Sports Basement, a sporting-goods retailer in the San Francisco Bay Area will be partnering with me during the campaign and we’ll be hosting a shopping party. Check out the details further down in this newsletter.
If you would like to learn more about this campaign, please click on the highlighted link here Running to End Domestic Violence Quest.
You can also join the Running to End DV Facebook page to keep up to date with the campaign, see pictures and videos, or just cheer me on along the way.
Thank you.
~ Mariya




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WOMAN, Inc honored to receive Ellen Magnin Newman Award

We are proud to announce that WOMAN Inc has been chosen to receive the prestigious 2012 Ellen Magnin Newman Award at this years' All San Francisco Concert. 
The Ellen Magnin Newman Award, which is named after the founder of the All San Francisco Concert, is being presented to WOMAN Inc because of its use of art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. WOMAN Inc believes that through creative expression, survivors of domestic violence recover a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength help them make deeper connections which lead them to a place of healing. With guidance and support by 'A Window Between Worlds' (a non-profit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence), WOMAN Inc integrates expressive art into support groups for survivors and for children as well as in individual and family therapy. 

B-I-N-G-O Night was a hit
On July 14th at West Portal Dubliners, bingo was played, prizes were won, food was eaten, all in order to help raise $1,000 for WOMAN, Inc!
Four women, identifying themselves as the Ending Domestic Violence with Every Step team, will be running the Nike Women’s Full or Half Marathon this October in San Francisco in order to bring awareness of domestic violence and support for WOMAN Inc's services. Their goal is to raise $4,000 for WOMAN Inc by the time the race rolls around by hosting various fundraisers.
To gain support for their cause, they contacted local businesses and individuals throughout the Bay Area to provide donations for food and raffle prizes. The outpour of support by the community was overwhelming and they as well as WOMAN Inc are grateful to all who collaborated to make BINGO Night truly successful.
Bingo Night at the Dubliners
Thank you to the following supporters!
AMC Theaters
Anthony Mayo
Bursa Mediterranean Cuisines
Daniel Santiago
Green Apple Books
Java Beach
Kara’s Cupcakes
Lucky Supermarket
Paxti’s Pizza
Peaches Christ 
Perry’s Restaurant
Social Kitchen & Brewery
Safeway Thirsty Bear
Twin Peaks Pizza
West Portal Dubliners
And a big thanks to Roxanne Robledo, Jennifer Wilkins, Mariya Taher and Felicia Clark, the faces behind the Ending Domestic Violence with Every Step team!     

40 hr Volunteer Training Graduation
We are excited and grateful to have wrapped up our 6th collaborative 40 hour DV training with The Riley Center. This training marks 2 years of our agencies partnering up to train staff, volunteers and community members--and is our biggest yet with 37 graduates! WOMAN, Inc congratulates and welcomes our newest volunteers and MFT interns: Adilia, Annie, Frances, Helen, Izzy, Jessica, Kalene, Kauser, Lisa-Marie, Rowan, Sierra, Stephanie, Taina, Veronica and Viviana! These dedicated volunteers will be providing support on the 24-hr Crisis Line, Latina Program, Support Groups, Children's Group, and more. Welcome to WOMAN, Inc!


Grassroots Fundraising - Volunteers helping out
At WOMAN, Inc., we know we couldn’t provide the services that we do without the help of volunteers. Here are a few stories about volunteers getting creative with grassroots fundraising for our agency.

* Gina Li
One of our dedicated crisis line volunteers, Gina, has put together a fundraising page and plans on holding a series of events to benefit WOMAN, Inc. Check out her page below and consider supporting her fundraising parties!


* Zuri Pommerenk
Zuri, one of our long-time crisis line volunteers, recently organized a clothing swap fundraising party. She invited friends and folks from the WOMAN, Inc community to bring gently used clothing and refreshments to her home. The ladies exchanged clothing, enjoyed tasty snacks, and any leftover clothing was donated to Community Thrift in WOMAN, Inc’s name. What a fun and easy way to support the organization!

* Tania Parks and Jaymie Frazier
Tania and Jaymie are our amazing Outreach Coordination volunteers. They work with WOMAN, Inc staff to arrange presentations for community agencies, are a presence at community events, and most recently, are helping to support folks in throwing Parties With Purpose. Staff, volunteers and WOMAN, Inc’s many supporters are invited to join in this grassroots fundraising effort by throwing house parties of their own. Tania and Jaymie provide information, materials, help with planning and more to party hosts. Contact outreach@womaninc.org or call (415) 864-4777 ext 317 to start planning your own Party With Purpose!

September Events:

Mac & Cheese Cook-off

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
+ 1p event starts, 
+ 2p contestants must be ready (no late comers will be allowed to enter their dish),
+ 2:30p Judging starts and voting will end 1hr-1.5hrs afterwards.
Details: Get your taste buds and arteries ready for the event you've been waiting for all year. The Third Annual Mac and Cheese Cook-off is here! Mark your calendars for September 15th where the best macaroni and cheese dishes will battle it out for the much coveted Golden Noodle trophy. The beneficiary of this year’s event will be WOMAN, Inc. If you are interested in attending or competing in the cook-off, please contact mariya@womaninc.org for further details.
Faux Queen Pagent, The Next Generation

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Time: Doors @ 7 show @ 8 pm
Location: DNA Lounge - 375 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Details: Calling occupants of interplanetary craft! This September heralds the galactic return of the Original Contest for Drag Queens Trapped in Women’s Bodies, Faux Queen Pageant: the Next Generation.The FQP is an only in SF glamour contest established in 1995 by Diet Popstitute and Ruby Toosday, continued by KLUBSTiTUTE KOLLECTive, and benefits many local community organizations. This year WOMAN, Inc. is lucky enough to be one of them! This revitalized pageant will prove to be a gender-bending space oddity!
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/271745786265319/
Tickets on Sale Now at:  http://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2012/09-16.html
Surviving & Thriving Event

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time: 5:30 - 9pm
Location:111 Minna Art Gallery @ 2nd Street, San Francisco,CA
Details: Join us for the Third Annual Surviving & Thriving event! Created to empower Phenomenal women - and the men that love them - this extrodinary event brings together an array of artists, organizations & individuals commited to changing the landscape surrounding violence against women, thereby creating a community that honors the past and celebrates the future. This unforgettable evening includes music, cocktails, ligh hors d'oevres & a silent auction. All proceeds benefit WOMAN Inc and SFWAR. 

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/190842674379430/
Ticket on Sale:  http://survivingandthriving2012.eventbrite.com/

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. ~ Maya Angelou
October Events:
Sports Basement - Running to End DV

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Details: WOMAN Inc & Sports Basement are partnering up to support the Running to End Domestic Violence Campaign. Come and meet the WOMAN Inc Board, Staff, Volunteers, and other Community Supporters. You’ll get to learn about what’s been going on at our agency, the programs we provide, and of course learn about the Running to End Domestic Violence Campaign.
Free Snack and Beverages (sodas, beer, and wine) will be provided. There will be a 10% discount off everything in the store for all guests and 10% of all purchases from the party will be donated to WOMAN Inc.


Wish List

The following in-kind gifts (new or gently used) will help WOMAN, Inc. to support survivors of domestic violence in a holistic and relevant manner:
  • Small rolling luggage case for laptop
  • Digital camera with video
  • Gift Cards for Walgreens, Safeway, Ross, local restaurants, etc. (For survivors and children who must flee without funds).
  • Motel Vouchers (for those survivors who may only need one night in a confidential location until they can find a shelter or leave town).
  • Muni Passes, Muni Passport or Muni single ride tickets, or BART tickets
  • Room/Cubicle Dividers
  • Laptops
  • Miniature Refrigerator
  • People willing to throw a Party With Purpose Party for WOMAN, Inc
  • WOMAN Inc Facebook Followers - https://www.facebook.com/WOMANInc

To learn more about contributing to our wish list or making other types of donations, call Jill Zawisza at 415-864-4777, Ext 306.