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Volunteer Spotlight: Luke Howarth

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

How long have you practiced law?

 I’ve been practicing for just over three years.

What drove you to pursue law?

If you would ask my mother, she would tell you I was born to do it. I’ve never shied away from a healthy negotiation, even from a very young age. But to me, it was an opportunity to use that natural skillset and passion to help others who need the help. As with any profession, lawyers are hired to help people in situations that are extremely difficult for the average person. I love being able to navigate through those situations with folks and see the positive impact on the other side.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself, or something you enjoy!

My favorite thing in the world to do is spend time with my wife, Genevieve, and our one-year-old puppy, Seuss. They both have such wonderful energy and they make me feel so happy all the time—even when Seuss chooses to cuddle with Genevieve instead of me. What can I say? I’d make the same choice if I were him.

What made you want to get involved with the WCA?

I work for a large corporation. While I love my job, there aren’t a lot of warm fuzzy feelings associated with corporate law. What drove me to pursue law in the first place was the opportunity to help those in need. I can do that with the WCA. I love all the work I do, but I do my day job for the paycheck and my volunteer work for my soul.

What drives your passion for starting the great work that you do with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance?

The people receiving help from the WCA truly need it. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a wonderful family in a great household, but it was never lost on me that not everyone had the same fortune. I know how much of a role my family and household played in my overall development, confidence, and outlook on life, and I want to help others experience that. While I know I can’t do it single-handedly, the volunteer lawyer piece was somewhat of an underrepresented piece of the work the WCA does to help. I saw a great opportunity to join this organization in helping those in need. Everyone deserves to love their life. Any piece I can play in helping someone love their life makes it worth every second.

What is something you wish more people knew about the issues you face when helping domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors?

Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse or sexual assault. It doesn’t matter where you live, what you do for work, how much money you have, or even how prominent you are in the community. These are issues that are far more widespread than I ever imagined before working with the WCA. It’s important to keep in mind that we don’t always know what’s going on in people’s personal lives, which makes showing kindness and compassion toward others from all backgrounds even more important. You never know when your smile and hello will be the nicest things someone sees in a day. To a survivor, they may represent something they’ve felt is lacking for quite some time—hope.

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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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