*March 2014*
Update on W.O.M.A.N., Inc.'s Transamerica® Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™ Team
On Sunday, April 6th,  over a dozen individuals will wake up at 5:00 am to head over to Great Highway and Fulton in the Sunset District to take part in the Transamerica® Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™. These individuals will be tired, excited, anxious, and nervous because at 6:30am, they will run 13.1 miles to spread awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in our society and the immediate need to end it. These individuals consisting of W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers, board members, staff, survivors, and friends of survivors have been working tirelessly for the past three months to train for this race and to fundraise to support domestic violence survivors who access the services provided by W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Each team member has committed to raise at least $300. Our agency is so proud of all of them and we cannot wait to cheer for them on race day. To learn more about each of the team members, please visit our W.O.M.A.N., Inc Facebook page as each team member has been highlighted via our social media news feeds.
We also want to acknowledge all of the businesses and individuals who have also been supporting our WI Team in different ways.
If you would like to support the team with a donation, please DONATE NOW

To learn more about this campaign, contact mariya@womaninc.org




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Board Match Event 
W.O.M.A.N. Inc. is an organization that seeks to continuously improve our work, get stronger as an organization, and achieve greater impact in our community. As such, one of our 2014 priorities is to build the capacity and diversity of the Board of Directors so that this team of committed volunteers has the time, energy, capabilities, and skills needed to propel W.O.M.A.N., Inc. into our next chapter. 
This year, we attended a board development event called The Board Match. It was organized by the Volunteer Center, and presented an organized forum for local nonprofits to connect with potential board members (about 1000 board candidates attend each year). W.O.M.A.N., Inc. sent Jill (ED), Mariya (Community Liaison Manager), and Lija (Board President) to the event to represent the organization and connect with potential board members. It was a great success - many impressive, passionate board candidates came to our table and expressed interest in serving and supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We walked away with a full list of names and contact information, and are excited to follow-up with the incredible women we met at the event. We hope that among our list there are 3-4 high-quality board candidates excited to join us over the course of this year!
Help Us Get 2014 Great Nonprofit Award!

If you love our work then tell the world! For the past two years, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has received a top rated award from GreatNonprofits. You now have the opportunity to make even more of a difference in our community by helping us to receive this award for the third year in a row! GreatNonprofits-a review site like TripAdvisor-is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2014 Top-Rated Awards. Won't you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! 

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Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program Update

In February, the Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program’s (SFP LDP) second in-person gathering convened at the lovely Beach House in Half Moon Bay.  As always, it was exciting to reconnect with everyone in my cohort including our facilitators, and get spoiled.  


To kick off the session we had the pleasure of having Elizabeth Eastlund from Cohort II facilitate A Window Between Worlds’, “I CAN WE CAN” art workshop.  I CAN WE CAN is a collaborative art project that invites survivors, advocates, and community members to use their hand as a canvas and create art as a symbol of solidarity and commitment to doing what they can to help raise awareness and to end abuse.  Examples of the I CAN statements include some of the following: I CAN rise, I CAN laugh, I CAN bridge cultures, and I CAN recognize my privilege.  The theme of the project would set tone of the next day and a half.  


For the past eight months the LDP has been focused on leading with self.  Everything from learning what our strengths are, to having the opportunity to work with a coach, to creating our individual development plan has been the focus.  By exploring ourselves first, we were able reflect on our purpose, with taking our personal values into consideration.  The convening in Half Moon Bay pivoted from I CAN to WE CAN: what can we do as a organization?  It was now time to think about our organization’s purpose by asking questions pertained to the Hedgehog Concept: what are you deeply passionate about, what drives your resource engine, and what can you be the best in the world at.  Understanding the intersection of the three questions can be used as a guide to help your organization be strategic about what you’re doing, where you’re going, how you’re managing, what the culture is like, and continue to be like, for example.  To add to our learnings on how our organizations can be more strategic we explored the topics of power and privilege, and how they can be recognized within our organizations.  It was a day and a half filled with in-depth information that really had our brains working overtime, or maybe that was just me. :)


Lastly, we wrapped up our session with Michelle and Marissa explaining the organizational support opportunities coming along our way.  Each organization would be receiving eight hours of organizational coaching and a grant, both to support any ongoing goal, or new opportunities for staff.  We can also use the grant and the coaching to support us in bringing back our learnings to our organization.  The areas of opportunity seemed opened, as long as we had a set goal in mind.  Included in the organizational support opportunities, SFP will be facilitating an all day strengths-based retreat to four represented organizations in the LDP, all very exciting opportunities that will support W.O.M.A.N., Inc. moving forward!           

Effects of the Housing Market on Domestic Violence Survivors in the Bay Area
Housing the Bay Area has become really expensive and really competitive, a situation that has spurred hot debates and protests across San Francisco. For Domestic Violence Advocates, limited housing is nothing new- the housing crisis just reinforces the tenuous availability of affordable housing for survivors. With the 2013 updates to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), housing rights and access to fair housing are increasing protections for survivors, but there is still a lot of work to do in educating renters, land-lords and mitigating re-traumatization by public housing processes that are unable to respond to the specific needs of domestic abuse survivors.

By W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Social Media Volunteer Erin Durkee

To read the full article, please click here.

To help W.O.M.A.N., Inc. provide client emergency assistance such as food,
temporary hotel stays, clothing, etc., please donate to W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
 Moody’s Hosts Fundraiser for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Transamerica® Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™

The good folks at Moody's in the Financial District recently held a fundraiser for W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco team in conjunction with International Women's Day.  Our agency’s Outreach Team was asked to provide a brief presentation with information about the services we provide for survivors of domestic violence as well as the successes that our clients have had in moving towards lives free of violence.  While attendees listened and snacked on Mardi Gras- themed food, they heard stories about how a group of volunteers consisting of survivors, volunteers, and community folks have come together to participate in the W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco team in order to raise awareness of domestic violence and fundraise for the agency. Attendees were touched and donated generously to the cause. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. would like to give a big thanks to Mahima Sukhramani for thinking about our agency and for attendees in providing such needed support towards the services for survivors of domestic violence.
C.U.E. Tip: Free Zumba!

“Zumba in the Parks” and it is free with an RSVP.   They have different park locations for you to choose from so you can get a good work out and experience San Francisco’s many different parks. This is another fun and healthy way to get together with coworkers and friends. If you like to dance, or want to get a great cardio work out, this is perfect for you.
Spread the word on these wonderful benefits, then grab a group of friends and Zumba!
Check out the website and don’t forget to make a reservation.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Participates in "Safety Awareness" Week at UC Hastings

On February 28th, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. was invited to participate in "Safety Awareness" Week at UC Hastings.  Annie Fisher, Outreach Volunteer for our agency, provided training for students and staff on Domestic Violence Awareness and Safety Planning with support from Chief William Palamini Jr. and Lt. Scott Hallahan.  We want to thank UC Hastings for the opportunity and venue to provide information about domestic violence and to share more information about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. programming and how we work towards ending violence in our communities.

Board Highlight: Simi Grewal-Singh
  1. How long have been with the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board? Since March 2009
  1. As a Board Member, what are some of your responsibilities?  The Board of Directors is largely responsible for supporting the executive director and staff, ensuring effective strategic planning, goal-setting, and strengthening programs and services.  To that end, my responsibilities include actively participating in all planning sessions/meetings, supporting the staff, fund development, and being a resource to the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team.
  1. How did you come to be involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? One of the previous board members is also a Kappa Kappa Gamma alumni.  We were at a sorority alumni event, and as we were mingling, she was talking about the organization.  I asked her for her contact info so we could chat later more about the organization, and she invited me to one of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s events.  I quickly became interested in learning more, having a passion in women’s issues and ending domestic violence.
  1. What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?  Our ability to provide quality services to more survivors, as well as the ability to measure the impact and long-term change resulting from this work.  I also look forward to continuing to hear the stories of the lives being transformed and developing relationships in the community. 
  1. What do you enjoy the most about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?  The stories of the survivors!  I equally enjoy working with the dedicated staff, Board members, and volunteers. This is a very passionate and inspirational group of individuals!

Losangmonlam to Donate 10% of Proceeds to W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

Losangmonlam would like to invite you to his exhibition of new work, currently on display at BeBeBar Juice and Sandwich shop here in our mission neighborhood.
Losangmonlam has kindly offered to donate 10% of all sales during the exhibit to W.O.M.A.N. Inc.  So please stop by; even if just to appreciate the color on the walls.
Losangmonlam, Blase (as we know him) has been in service to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. handling our finance, HR and admin functions.
You are invited to the exhibit at BeBeBar Juice + Sandwich Shop at 3809 18th Street, (at Church and  Dolores Park), San Francisco.
The exhibit will be up through April 2014.
For further information on Losangmonlam (or Blase as we know him), please visit www.losangmonlam.com
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Transamerica® Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™ 

When: April 6th, 2014
Where: San Francisco
Details: W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has been chosen as an official for the San Francisco Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon and would love for you to join our team! Walkers and runners are both welcome. Contact mariya@womaninc.org for more information.

Transamerica® Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon San Francisco™ Group Runs Hosted by Lululemon

When: Every Thursday evening at 6:15pm
Where: 327 Grant Ave, SF, CA, 94108
Details: On Feb 27 & March 27th, the run will be accompanied by a yoga session afterwards for all participants at Maiden Lane Studios. Please meet at Maiden Lane Studios after the run/walk: 80 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108. This even is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you plan to attend the race. For more information, please contact mariya@womaninc.org.

C.U.E. Events

Want to go running with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? Erin, one of our fabulous runners, will be hosting some more runs, and they're absolutely open to all.

Thursday 3/20 - 6:45 am
Thursday 3/27 - 6:45 am
Sunday 3/30 - 10:00 am 
Thursday 4/3 - 6:45 am

Where: Statue by the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Conservatory of Flowers
100 John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
What: Thursday runs will focus on 5-6mi with easy* interval sets added in. These will increase your speed and be scalable for different running styles.

Sunday runs will be between 8-10mi. depending on our runners and should be one of your last long runs before the race!

Fundraising Event at Antologia Vinoteca
When: Saturday, March 29th from 5pm-11pm
Where: Antologia Vinoteca, 515 Broadway, San Francisco
Details: Please join us at Antologia Vinoteca, a Latin American Bar right here in SF! **20% of the proceeds raised during this time will go directly towards supporting W.O.M.A.N., Inc.'s Running Team, as well as W.O.M.A.N., Inc's programs!

There will be a raffle with tons of delightful prizes, as well. Don't miss it!
Wish List

The following in-kind gifts (new or gently used) will help W.O.M.A.N., 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
  • Used cell phones with batteries (no chargers, please!)
  • People willing to throw a Party With Purpose Party for W.O.M.A.N., Inc. For more details, please contact outreach@womaninc.org or leave a message at (415) 864-4777 ext 317
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Facebook Followers - https://www.facebook.com/WOMANInc
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Twitter Followers - https://twitter.com/WOMANinc
  • W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Pinterest Followers - http://pinterest.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.