"Feminism isn't about making women strong. 
Women are already strong. 
It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." -G.D. Anderson

SEPTEMBER 2016
MARK YOUR CALENDAR, CALL YOUR FRIENDS
JOIN THE MISSION 
GIVE MIAMI DAY- NOVEMBER 17, 2016 

Give Miami Day, is a 24-hour giving frenzy! 

Hundreds of nonprofits from all over Miami-Dade County, who serve the community in a variety of ways, participate in Give Miami Day. Last year, the YWCA raised over $6,000 with YOUR support! This year, we have raised the bar, and plan to DOUBLE THAT NUMBER

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. 

The Miami Foundation's Give Miami Day is a unique concept that allows you to give for 24 hours! Starting at Midnight on November 17th, you will be able to give until 11:59 that night. It is an exciting day that involves the entire community! Watch highlights from our programs that you help fund last year! 

YWCA GMD Save The Date Nov. 17th 2016
YWCA GMD Save The Date Nov. 17th 2016




WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE
Week Without Violence October 17 - 21, 2016

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. That's why for more than 20 years, we have set aside one week in October as a Week Without Violence. Week Without Violence is part of a global movement to end violence against women and girls with the World YWCA. This year, we are focusing on ending gender-based violence. Gender-based violence recognizes a spectrum of violence, including but not limited to, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and harassment. 

At YWCA, we know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally and that some victims go unrecognized altogether. We invite you to join us from October 17 - 21 as we share information, elevate stories, talk with policymakers, and get out the vote with a common goal in mind: together, we can end gender-based violence.




COME TOGETHER October 19, 2016  

COME TOGETHER: LIKE A WOMAN!
 
There is power when we come together as women! Join us for Come Together: Like a Woman, a documentary series of critically acclaimed films touching on important issues affecting us as women in 2016.

Gather your girlfriends, sisters, daughters and join us for a watch screening of the last presidential debate.   Prior to the event, we'll discuss the issues at stake and how these topics affect our lives as women today in Miami.  

Let's redefine what it means to be "Like a Woman" and make an impact in our lives and our communities in 2016!

Featured Screening: Last Presidential Debate between Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee Donald Trump
YWCA CHANGE MAKERS WELCOMES ALL YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO JOIN US FOR  HAPPY HOUR @ ZEST 
 


The YWCA Miami Change Makers are Partying for a Purpose on 
November 17th, 2016 at Zest Miami! 
Celebrate #GiveMiami Day & the  Miami Book Fair International with us. 

Get your ticket NOW! 
$10 pre-register / $15 at the door. 
*includes a complimentary drink & appetizers*
All proceeds will go towards programs to empower the women, girls, and families that come through the YWCA Miami.
(Please bring a children's book to donate)
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ATTENTION!! 
WE ARE RECRUITING! 

If you're passionate about social change and gaining leadership skills, please email blopez@ywca-miami.org for more information or to apply!
OPEN POSITIONS
Co - Chairs
Madam Secretary
Community & Connections Specialist 
Transformative Action Director 
Marketing Maven
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 
SEPTEMBER AT THE YWCA
YWCA FEATURED AT UNITED WAY 
TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY BREAKFAST 

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 United Way of Miami-Dade hosted the Tocqueville Society's Tocqueville Tuesday breakfast, where they welcomed Jim McKelvey, founder of LaunchCode and co-founder of Square. 
 
The YWCA's own Barbara Norland, was invited to speak on the importance and impact of philanthropy in building a Stronger Miami. 
 
Founded in 1984, the United Way Tocqueville Society is an opportunity for passionate individuals to become more deeply involved in United Way's mission.
 
The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions in the United States, France and Romania who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities' most serious issues.

CRISTINA MARTINHO NAMED SECRETARY OF 
YWCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Our Board  is excited to welcome  Cristina Martinho to the   Executive Committee. Cristina has been named Secretary of the Board, and has served on the board for two years.  She became a member of the YWCA Board of Directors in 2014. 

Cristina is a recognized marketing expert known for building successful global beauty brands such as L'Oreal, Coty and Bristol Myers Squibb. She has successfully launched and built brands in the United States as well as established distribution of several beauty brands in Latin America. 

Cristina has had a lifelong passion for volunteerism, prior to the YWCA she served as an ongoing member of New York Cares. We are delighted to work alongside such an amazing, empowered woman! 

YWCA PIONEER FOR SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE
October 15, 2016  

Saturday, October 15, 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. More than 20 years ago, the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade partnered with Susan G. Komen, and worked hard to bring the Race for the Cure to South Florida.  In 1992 following Hurricane Andrew, then YWCA President Marlene Williams found out that her dear friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Even in all of the chaos following the hurricane, Marlene vowed to do everything she could to help her friend. 

"With the support of Board Vice President Ann Machado, Executive Director Eileen Maloney-Simon and the rest of the Board, the long journey paid off. In May 1996 the inaugural Race was held at Bayfront Park in Miami, kicked off by Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula, whose first wife Dorothy had died of breast cancer in 1991."--
Excerpt from History of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale SGK Race for the Cure
 
Each year since 1996, our staff works to make sure the YWCA continues to show up in support of the Race for the Cure. This year we had a photo station where survivors, community partners and individuals participating in the race could come and interact with the YWCA! 

Click the HERE to check out more pictures from the day! 



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.  

HAVE LUNCH ON US! 
MONTHLY EMPOWER HER LUNCHEON

  • LUNCH 
  • NETWORKING
  • PHILANTHROPY
We would love for you to join us  for a complim entary lunch to meet powerful individuals and hear inspiring stories about women and families who triumphed against obstacles.

It is a chance to come together and enjoy the company of fellow philanthropists like yourselves who want to make a change in their community during  your lunch break!


NOVEMBER 2, 2016 | 351 NW 5th ST. Miami | 12PM- 1PM 

If you can't make it, remember we have these events every 1st Wednesday of the month! 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP  
DONATION OPPORTUNITIES 

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child, those words could not be more true at the YWCA. We take the charge to empower marginalized women, children and families very seriously--it is Y we are here! The gift of your time, talent and treasure is invaluable to the programs that work to empower the lives of those we serve. 
YWCA of Greater Miami | info@YWCAMIAMI.ORG | (305) 377-9922 | www.YWCAMIAMI.org
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