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CEO Update 2.26.2021

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

A Page Right Out of Our Own History

As Black History Month comes to a close, I wanted to share a little about the YWCA’s role in working toward eliminating racism across the USA and right here in Boise. Our organization was at the forefront of this work in the early 1970s resulting in significant program changes.

The only three-generation group of YWCA members in 1968 included Miss Cherie Buckner-Webb, an active Y-Teen; her grandmother, Mrs. Claude Buckner, member of the Board and the World Fellowship and the Interracial Committees; and Cherie’s mother, Mrs. A.E. Buckner, active in the Public Affairs Committee and the Interracial Friendship Club. (Photo courtesy of Cherie Buckner-Webb and the Idaho Statesman) Photo caption from WCA’s History Book, published in 2010 in celebration of the organization’s 100th Anniversary (page 84).

Programs designed to eliminate racism became part of the YWCA’s offerings, along with other very popular classes like physical fitness, smoking cessation, weight loss, and one of the first licensed daycares in Boise available to community members on a drop-in-basis for free. While programs offered by the WCA have changed in the ensuing 50 years, we know that our outreach to underserved populations is just as important as ever.These remarkable Black women engaged with the work of the YWCA during the 1970s and the youngest one—Cherie Buckner-Webb—is still involved, following in her mom’s and grandmother’s footsteps. (By the way, our History Book is for sale and includes a lot of great photos as well as documenting the first 100 years of the YWCA, now WCA)

Thank you for your ongoing support of our vision of a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships. Through the years, we have helped many individuals, in many capacities… but there is still much work to be done.

I am grateful for each and every one of you being committed to our mission of safety, healing, and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Home is not safe for all—but it should be.

With gratitude,

EVENTS

Apr 21

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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Apr 23

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: April 23, 12-12:30 […]

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Apr 28

2021

Denim Day

April 28, 2021 is Denim Day 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 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the […]

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Apr 29

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.

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May 28

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: May 28, 11:30 […]

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Jun 08

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: June 8, 12-12:30 […]

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Jul 13

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: July 13, 12-12:30 […]

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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