Celebrating Our Work Together
YW Happenings
YWCA Bergen County
Quarterly Newsletter
In This Issue:
Letter from the CEO
Supporter Spotlight
Legacy Corner
Jan-Mar '18 Showcase
In the News
Looking Ahead
Ways to Give
Letter from the CEO
Dear Friend,

When I'm asked how YWCA Bergen County serves the community with such a wide range of programming, the heart of the answer is YOU.  

Whether you are a a donor who believes in equal opportunity for all people, a community partner committed to collaboration and service, or a corporate sponsor who wants the most meaningful involvement in essential programs…YOU are the key to improving the lives of the thousands of women, girls, and families we serve.  

Did you know there is a double impact when taking part in our programs? You may be a member maintaining your health and wellness through our classes, a professional woman improving your skills at our women’s empowerment events, or a family entrusting us with your child’s care in our camp or extended day programs, but by choosing our services, you are also helping fund our sexual violence center, girls leadership academy, and employment support for long-term unemployed women.  

YWCA Bergen County had another strong start to the year. Read all about how we have been engaging our community in 2018, and know how grateful we are to YOU—our donors, partners, sponsors, members & program participants—for making it all possible.   
Helen Archontou MSW, LSW
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Bergen County

P.S. Lots of great events coming too...don’t miss anything. Check out our  calendar of events  and follow us on on  Facebook,   Twitter,   Instagram , and  LinkedIn .  
Our March 29th Women’s Leadership Conference was a powerful day of networking, workshops, and panel discussions that helped our participants not only clarify and strengthen their aspirations, but get actionable insights from corporate thought leaders, including business mentor Sarah Walton, Alycia Banks of Columbia Bank, Laura Blackmer of Konica Minolta, Ann Piccirillo of KPMG, and Tiffani Scott of BD. We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors for making this important event possible and standing up for women's leadership.
Questions about corporate sponsorships? Contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or .
L egacy Corner
On March 12, 2017, we lost a wonderful community member and supporter. Marion Dallery Kortjohn lived 60 of her 101 years in Ridgewood, and was a YWCA Bergen County board member for many years. Mrs. Kortjohn was a Mensa member, graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University, and Student Activities Director for Kean University. She served as president of the St. Margaret's Guild at Christ Church, Ridgewood. Mrs. Kortjohn was also a member of the Woman's Club of Ridgewood, the College Club of Ridgewood, and the Saddle River Garden Club. The generous legacy gift from Mrs. Kortjohn’s estate will fund girls’ empowerment programs as well as child care and camp scholarships for families in need.
Questions about legacy donations? Contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or .
January to March 2018 Showcase
Start Up – Helping women entrepreneurs launch their businesses.
Sponsored by:
Martin Luther King Birthday Celebrations Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Supporting Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee of Ridgewood and Glen Rock and Martin Luther King Birthday Committee, Inc.
Time Is Now Action Coalition Responding to sexual harassment and assault with a plan of action. Established with NJ Asw. Vainieri Huttle and comprised of diverse government, business, labor, education, legal, and non-profit leaders
Women's March on New Jersey 2018 Sending the message that our voices will be heard and celebrating victories.  
Co-sponsored with organizers and sister organizations throughout NJ
I Am Jane Doe Film Screening & Panel Discussion Raising awareness and supporting prevention of human sex trafficking, especially of our vulnerable young people.  
Co-hosted with NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Felician University with support from diverse community partners
Opening Doors for Women of Color in Business Exploring the vital role that women of influence and their organizations play in creating equal opportunities for women of color.
Co-hosted with Bergen County Professional Women’s Network
Motherhood Uncensored: Hot Topics for Moms & Hot Cocoa for Kids – Providing support and guidance to women returning to the workforce after staying home.

Sponsored by:
Violence against Women on College Campuses – A 2018 Update – Examining campus sexual violence from a legal, social, and society framework in an expert panel discussion.
Hosted by New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation
In the News
This groundbreaking group is combatting sexual harassment in N.J. by By Erin Banco, NJ Advance Media for
Bergen County leaders launch Time Is Now Coalition to combat sexual violence by Melanie Anzidei, The Record/
Lawmakers look to update sexual misconduct policies by Leah Mishkin, NJTV News
Looking Ahead
Our Walking the Talk Gala 2018: Our Time Is Now (#ywGala) is a celebration of four outstanding women and one man who have made significant contributions to equality, social justice, and women’s empowerment. We invite you to sponsor, advertise, and attend!
Ways to Give
Your donation helps strengthen and empower women, girls, and families in our communities.
Whether you are an individual, community group, or company, we welcome the gift of your time and talents.
Sponsor Empower U
Make a difference by supporting our Girls Leadership Academy, an empowerment and skill-development experience.
Contact our Director of Development and Communications Lori Murray at
201-345-1888 or to discuss how you
can get involved.
At YWCA Bergen County, our daily work is to empower women and girls with programs like Motherhood Uncensored , Empower U , Start Up , WEN is Now: Women’s Empowerment Network , and Walking the Talk Gala ; advocate for the equality of all people with programs like Racial Justice Awards ; support survivors and raise awareness about sexual violence through YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE ; and advocate for change with initiatives like our Time Is Now Action Coalition to address sexual harassment and assault.

Stay up-to-date by following YWCA Bergen County on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and LinkedIn , and find out ways to sponsor, donate, and volunteer.

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