YWCA Northeast Indiana, Let’s Give Allen County
May03

YWCA Northeast Indiana, Let’s Give Allen County

Presenting a Q&A with YWCA’s Public Awareness Coordinator, Sydney McKerr. YWCA Northeast Indiana is one of the five nonprofits selected for the Let’s Give Allen County campaign on May 6th. Give us a brief history of your organization and its role in our community. YWCA Northeast Indiana is currently celebrating 120 years of service to the community. Founded in 1894 as a safe place for working women to meet, the agency grew in size and influence in the downtown area in the early 20th century. In 1976, we opened the doors of the Crisis Shelter, the first shelter for abused women in the state of Indiana, which still provides essential services today. Women come to YWCA Northeast Indiana in times of crisis: as survivors of domestic violence or as refugees starting a new life. They come for emotional support and empowerment.  They come for help in finding childcare, job training and a better education.  They come for a variety of reasons, and they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills and stronger lives. What are some ways that the public can get involved with your organization? YWCA Northeast Indiana is always in need of supporters committed to our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. That support can come in the form of volunteer time, monetary or in-kind donations, or participation in one of the many events we host throughout the year. Do you have any upcoming events? At our Annual Meeting on May 19th, we will be taking special time to celebrate our 120th Anniversary, presenting the 2014 Peggy Hobbs Award for excellence in volunteerism, and honoring the many staff and volunteers who have contributed to our mission over the past year. For more information on other events to come in 2014 (like 100 Good Men or Domestic Violence Awareness Month), visit our website at www.ywca.org/NEIN. What are some of the biggest goals for your organization over the next couple of years? Over the next few years, we are committed to raising awareness of domestic violence and the importance of community involvement in ending it, as well as strengthening ties to the outer counties that we serve (DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley). Tell us a little more about the project or campaign that any money raised from Let’s Give Allen County will help to benefit. YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Crisis Shelter is a 45-bed facility that provides immediate crisis intervention 24/7/365 to victims of domestic violence and their children. Upon arriving at the shelter, our clients receive essential needs, assistance with safety planning, and the emotional support they need to cope with the crisis(es) they are experiencing....

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