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WORCESTER — Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumnus Zachary Gendreau ’14, now a graduate student, and Matthew Barry, a mental health counselor at WPI’s Student Development and Counseling Center, were recognized at the annual YWCA Daybreak Breakfast Oct. 24 at the College of the Holy Cross with its Great Guys Award.
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The YWCA of Central Massachusetts is working to spread awareness about domestic violence through several initiatives during the month of October. One out of three women and one out of five men will be assaulted or abused by their partner.
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The YWCA of Central Massachusetts will be working to spread awareness about domestic violence through several initiatives during the month of October.
The campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month began on September 2, with The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Campaign. As part of this campaign, the YWCA has the opportunity to raise funds and win prizes to help support the Domestic Violence Services program. This year the celebrity spokesperson was actress and activist Kerry Washington. Donations are being accepted through October 3; click here for more details.
The official kickoff for Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be the Dance for Peace: End Domestic Violence dance-a-thon to be held at the Fitchburg Senior Center. The event takes place on Friday, September 26 with teams from Mount Wachusett Community College, Worcester State University, Clinton Savings Bank, and Workers’ Credit Union, as well as board members, staff, and supporters coming out for a great cause. Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg will read the 2014 Proclamation.
Thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible: Headline Sponsors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Clinton Savings Bank, Leominster Credit Union, Workers’ Credit Union; Media Sponsor, Worcester Telegram & Gazette; and Spotlight Sponsors, Fidelity Bank and Nypro. For more information, or to sign up as a dancer, click here.
On October 1, at 9 a.m. the YWCA will take part in a ceremony declaring October to be Domestic Violence Month. The event will take place on City Hall Plaza with a representative from the Mayor’s office reading the 2014 Mayoral Proclamation. A purple flag will also be flown at City Hall in recognition of DV Awareness Month. All are welcome to attend.
On October 27, the YWCA will host the Annual Daybreak Breakfast at the College of the Holy Cross. Keynote speaker, Craig Norberg-Bohm, Coordinator of the Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe, Inc. and Director and Co-Founder of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, will speak to the crowd about Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence Against Women. The event was made possible by Daybreak Breakfast sponsors, Fidelity Bank and Webster Five Cents Savings Bank. To register click here.
The YWCA USA’s Week Without Violence will be held October 13 – 17 with the theme, Work Against Violence. According to the American Medical Association, more than 20 percent of women in the United States have experienced intimate-partner violence, stalking or both. Approximately 50 percent of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors will lose their jobs as a result of abuse. Learn more about the YWCA’s Week Without Violence here.
The YWCA’s travelling memorial, “An Empty Place at the Table,” will also be on display at different places around Central and North Central Massachusetts. The display memorializes all the victims of domestic violence who lost their lives in Massachusetts during the previous year with a place setting symbolizing the void left behind by each victim. It is intended to honor those who were lost and to increase the public’s understanding on the impact of domestic violence in our communities. This year the display includes the names of 10 victims of domestic violence. To view the locations of this year’s “An Empty Place at the Table” display, click here.
The statistics are staggering, concerning and alarming. Among them, the fact that there are nearly 1 million estimated domestic violence incidents nationwide each year.
Leominster Credit Union contributed $1,000 to the YWCA of Central Massachusetts for their Dance for Peace event. Funds raised from this event support the YWCA’s BWR program to end domestic violence.
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