"Above all, be the heroine of your own life.. ." -Nora Ephron

OCTOBER 2016
GIVE MIAMI DAY IS THURSDAY
GET YOUR PLEDGES IN TODAY 
GIVE MIAMI DAY- NOVEMBER 17, 2016 

IT'S YOUR GIFT THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
NOVEMBER 17, 2016 

When you participate in Give Miami Day, your donation of $25 or more directly supports our efforts to strengthen families and communities by eliminating racism and empowering women. We are #OnAMission, and we cannot make a difference without YOU. When you make a commitment to us for Give Miami Day, you are committing to provide supplies for our Early Childhood and After School Programs. 



CELEBRATE #GIVEMIAMIDAY WITH 
YWCA CHANGE MAKERS @ ZEST 
 


YWCA Young Professionals Celebrate Philanthropy

The YWCA Miami Change Makers are Partying for a Purpose on November 17th, 2016 at Zest Miami! Celebrate GiveMiami Day & Miami Book Fair International w/ us and bring a children's book to donate! 

Get your ticket NOW! $10 pre-register / $15 at the door. 
All proceeds will go towards programs to empower the women, girls, and families that come through the YWCA Miami.

*includes a complimentary drink & appetizers! 
I N CASE YOU MISSED IT: 
OCTOBER AT THE YWCA
YWCA PIONEER MARTA WEEKS RECEIVES 
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPY

YWCA Board of Directors with Marta Weeks, National Philanthropy Day Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. 

Marta Sutton Weeks Wulf, philanthropist and community advocate, has been a trailblazer throughout South Florida for many years.   She has selflessly given of her time, talent and treasure to numerous causes and organizations throughout South Florida, and we at the YWCA are honored to be among those to receive her support. We could not be more proud to have our Miami headquarters named after Marta Sutton Weeks. As Ann Machado so beautifully tells it, "while we were looking for 1 million women with 1 dollar, Marta was 1 woman with 1 million dollars!" Her generosity is boundless, and so our board was delighted to sit front and center as she received the Lifetime Achievement Award on National Philanthropy Day from the Miami Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals. 
EVERYONE IS SHOWING US THEIR W, 
WON'T YOU JOIN THEM? 

At  YWCA Greater  Miami-Dade, we like to say
"It's the W that makes that difference!" 

Not only does it help distinguish us from our similarly named cousin - it helps emphasize what we are truly all about -  WOMEN

We believe powerful women lead to better families and greater communities! For Give  Miami Day this year we want you to help us get the word out about the  YWCA by Showing us your "W"! 

How You Can Get Involved! 
  • Take a photo that showcases a "W" in any setting. It could be a shadow on a wall, a hand gesture, a noodle in your alphabet soup - be creative
  • Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShowUsYourW and be sure to tag @YWCAmiami. 
  • Tell us why you support the YWCA on #GiveMIamiDay or copy and paste the text below:
 "I support @YWCAmiami on #GiveMIamiDay because #itstheW that makes a difference in our community! Join me and #ShowUsYourW!" 


VOLUNTEER WITH THE YW 
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: 

Assist the YWCA on our Mission to eliminate racism and empower women by becoming a tax volunteer! 

What Is Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)?
VITA is a free tax preparation program that helps low-to-moderate income families (up to $54,000) with tax preparation. Taxpayers are assisted with receiving tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a commonly-overlooked credit that may add more than a month's worth of salary to the individual or family's annual income. During tax season, there are FREE sites across Miami-Dade County. All Sites are staffed by IRS Certified Volunteers.

Get Involved!
Help your community in preparing taxes free of charge by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

You will receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. Over 90,000 people said yes towards making a difference during the 2015 filing season and prepared over 3.7 million returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.

We are recruiting for:
* Greeters
* Interpreters
* Tax Preparers
* Site Coordinators
* Quality Reviewers

If you are interested please contact Lasonya Rodgers,
 Economic Empowerment Program Director  at  305-377-9922 ext.123 | Lrodgers@ywca-Miami.org.  

YWCA of Greater Miami | info@YWCAMIAMI.ORG | (305) 377-9922 | www.YWCAMIAMI.org
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