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The Benefits of Becoming a Monthly Donor This November

November 20, 2018

Your generosity consistently provides life-changing services to our community. Every gift matters and every dollar is providing safety and support. This November, YWCA Clark County has set a goal for signing 40 new donors willing to make regular, monthly donations.

While any type of donation is an immense help to us, the reliability and commitment you offer by being a monthly donor is invaluable stability that cannot be replicated with one time donations. “When you join the YWCA Clark County Monthly Donor Program, your sustaining gift will provide hope to people during some of the most difficult moments in their lives” says Sherri Bennett, Executive Director. “Your promise is saving lives. It is that simple, and that important.”

Being a monthly donor has advantages for you, too:

  •  It’s convenient. Giving automatic donations at the same time every month is easier and more efficient than giving larger donations sporadically. Many find it helpful to know exactly when and what amount is coming out of their monthly budget.
  •  You always have complete control to increase, decrease, or suspend your monthly pledge if your circumstances change.
  •  Regular, smaller donations often add up to more of a total contribution than one time, larger donations. We know how many of you are equally passionate about the services and mission of YWCA Clark County as those of us who work and volunteer here. You all seek to do your part to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. When you become a regular donor you know you are providing hope for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and oppression in your community.
  •  As an extra perk, if you become a monthly donor during the month of November you will be entered to win a week-long stay in Palm Desert!* Escape the cold winter weather and enjoy some sun at Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II in Palm Desert, CA. This package includes seven nights in a two bedroom villa. Travel dates are Monday, February 25, 2019 to Monday, March 4, 2019.

Please click here to enter and become a monthly donor today!

Know of any friends or family members who would also be interested in becoming a monthly donor? Please spread the word on social media by sharing this post, or linking directly to our giving site at https://ywcaclarkcounty.org/how-you-can-help/become-a-monthly-donor/

*No purchase or donation necessary to win. Visit www.ywcaclarkcounty.org for more details.

Women’s Leadership Center Takes On Consent in #MeToo Era in Newest Education Series

November 16, 2018

by Cheyanne Llanos Bare, Coordinator of the WLC

Trigger Warnings: Mentions of sexual assault and rape

The era of #MeToo has opened our eyes to the experiences and stories of countless survivors, as well as the realization that rape culture is extremely prevalent in our society. Yet there remain lingering questions over what constitutes sexual harassment and assault.

The answer lies in consent.

The problem is that many of us have not had conversations or received formal education around consent. Only 8 states require sex education classes to mention consent, so we are often navigating the waters of consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships without a guide. This leaves plenty of opportunity for misinterpretation and miscommunication. For example, a 2015 Planned Parenthood survey found that people varied greatly in what they believe indicated consent.

Actions that respondents “strongly agree” indicate consent include:

• Taking off their own clothes (35%)
• Getting a condom (37%)
• Nodding in agreement (24%)
• Engaging in foreplay (22%)
• Not saying ‘no’ (19%)

Conversely, between 12% and 13% of people indicated that they “strongly disagree” these same behaviors indicate consent, with a full 20% of people indicating they “strongly disagree” that not saying ‘no’ is giving consent. The survey concludes: With such varying opinions on what indicates consent we are at risk of miscommunication as well as assault. More

Stand with DVAM

October 31, 2018

By Grace Maute

Recently, a survivor and her children came to our shelter fleeing domestic violence. When they first entered shelter, YWCA Clark County advocates provided them with crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support as they adjusted to their new living situation. The oldest child, who was experiencing PTSD symptoms due to the prior living situation, was able to work with the children’s advocacy program advocate in therapeutic activities and play with other children in the shelter.

The mother worked with the family support advocate who helped by providing emotional support and helping her understand what her options were moving forward for housing, income, and other essentials. The shelter was also able to help with providing culturally-specific hygiene products, food, clothing, transportation, and gift cards for miscellaneous needs. These supports ensured that the survivor was able to focus on creating a sustainable financial plan for her future without having to worry about where her next meal was coming from.

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