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Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Cichosz

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BonnieBonnie has been a dedicated core volunteer with the WCA for about a year. She spends time every week volunteering in the Shop, and has also helped out on our admin team at the front desk, as well as at many special events. Bonnie’s dedication to the WCA’s mission is reflected in her artisan necklaces that are available for purchase in The Shop. Proceeds from the sales help support our direct client services. Thanks Bonnie, for everything you do!

How did you get involved with the WCA? 

I attended the WCA tour, “If these walls could talk” and was hooked!

What are your hopes for the future of the WCA?

My true hope for the future is that such a place is no longer needed, but I know that simply will not be the case. So I hope and pray fewer people need the services and that more people donate and volunteer for the WCA’s future.

What motivated you to volunteer? 

I was looking for a volunteer opportunity similar to my years of volunteering at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Colorado Springs and found the WCA online. I felt that it would be a great match allowing me to give back to my community.

What keeps you coming back to the WCA and continuing to stay engaged? 

I keep coming back to the WCA to volunteer because of all the wonderful people, be it employees, volunteers, clients as well as patrons of the thrift store who show their support in donating and/or spending their hard earned funds in support of the WCA which is such a worthy cause.

What words or advice do you have for clients who are seeking our services in this time? 

You are in great caring hands, embrace the changes for all the good in your new life as it unfolds. Soak up the support like a sponge so your “well” will fill up, so you too, can “pay it forward” to someone else in need.

WCA Charm comes with 16" or 18" black satin necklace with a sterling silver extension chain with Swarovski crystal bead accent.

WCA Charm comes with 16″ or 18″ black satin necklace with a sterling silver extension chain with Swarovski crystal bead accent.

Why did you decide to make necklaces for the WCA?  

I wanted to make something that “got the word out” about the WCA and at the same time raise funds for the WCA. I was driven to create a necklace with this in mind. What better way than to incorporate the WCA logo itself!

I could not have made this happen without the help of Jenn and the expertise in graphics of Chris Davis. A big thank you to them both! The necklaces are available in the WCA thrift shop for $25 each with $16 donated directly to the WCA and $9 to enable me to keep making more.

Where does your inspiration come from?

You could say my inspiration comes from a strong desire to contribute in a mode beyond volunteering.

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EVENTS

Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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