Celebrating Our Work Together
YW Happenings
YWCA Bergen County
Quarterly Newsletter
In This Issue:
Letter from the CEO
Community Connection
Supporter Spotlight
Corporate Corner
Jul-Sep ’18 Showcase
In the News
Looking Ahead
Ways to Give
Letter from the CEO
Dear Friend,
As autumn unfolds, memories of a busy and productive summer are still fresh as we continue the work that you—our donors, partners, sponsors, and participants—make possible.

Getting out the vote (#GOTV) has been a major focus. We have educated and registered voters at numerous community events throughout Bergen County, culminating in September 25th National Voter Registration Day at Bergen Community College where we contributed to YWCA USA’s goal of registering 10,000 new voters across the country.

This summer saw another great camp season where we gave our families continuity in child care from before/after care to vacation days to camps. Scholarships continued to provide access for many children to experience a great summer. As the new school year approached, we enriched our school age child care with a slate of new options for families.

Our YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE responded to the uptick in need for services to support survivors of sexual violence first seen as the #MeToo movement broke and continuing today through and after the Kavanaugh Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings. We also honored survivors of violence and raised community awareness at our 25th Clothesline Project on the Green in Hackensack. 

Tackling the root problem, our Time Is Now Action Coalition working groups convened to collaborate on concrete steps for ending sexual harassment and assault in our workplaces and communities.

We hope you enjoy looking back at our accomplishments together from July through September 2018 in this quarterly newsletter.
Helen Archontou MSW, LSW
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Bergen County

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C ommunity Connection
Year after year,  The Community Chest  has supported children and seniors served by YWCA Bergen County through swim scholarships and free aqua fitness classes. Thanks to The Community Chest, 65 children learned how to swim in 2018 and seniors of limited means have enjoyed the health and wellness benefits of free aqua fitness classes. We are grateful for the ongoing support of The Community Chest as we help realize their vision that “every neighbor can lead their best life.”

Questions about support and sponsorships? Contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or .
Supporter Spotlight
Thanks to a grant from the NJ Bar Association , YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE will educate faculty, staff, and administrators at colleges and universities in Northern NJ with a best practices curriculum on preventing campus sexual violence and supporting survivors. We greatly appreciate the NJ Bar Association’s contributions, from their own Continuing Legal Education programs to supporting other coordinated efforts like ours to help eradicate sexual violence in our schools, workplaces, and communities.

Questions about support and sponsorships? Contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or .
Corporate Corner
TD Charitable Foundation is making possible another year of Empower U, YWCA Bergen County’s girls leadership academy. Empower U engages young women in a diverse and balanced curriculum featuring experiential learning, leadership, and social action. Thanks to TD Charitable Foundation, our class of sophomore girls will graduate Empower U in 2019 more confident, college-bound, and career-ready.
Questions about support and sponsorships?  Contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or .
July to September 2018 Showcase
Ending Sexual Violence

Time Is Now Action Coalition Working Group Meeting After four February Town Halls to gather input from the community followed by a public update in April with NJ First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, collaboration by working groups on concrete steps to help end sexual harassment and assault.
Tackling Racism

Racial Justice Task Force Meeting Exchange of ideas and program development by diverse community leaders to dismantle racism in our communities.
Stopping Human Trafficking

SAFE (Sexual Assault Free Environment Coalition) Quarterly Meeting Discussion hosted at YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE with NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Dreamcatcher Program to focus on human trafficking prevention in NJ.
Empowering Young Women

Empower U Alumnae Event Gathering of Empower U alumnae to reflect on their journeys and accomplishments since graduating from YWCA Bergen County’s 10-month girls leadership academy.
Using Our Voices

In-District Advocacy Day Along with our sister YWs from Princeton and Union County, meetings with our Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez to discuss support for critical legislation in the areas of racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.
Supporting Survivors

25th Anniversary Clothesline Project on the Green  Display of thousands of t-shirts created by survivors of violence and their loved ones plus midday presentations by dignitaries and diverse community partner resource tables to raise awareness and support survivors. Sponsored by SUEZ. 
Believing Survivors

Solidarity Circle In the midst of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, a gathering of survivors and allies at YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE to stand together in a safe space and share support for survivors everywhere - those who report and those who do not - those named like Dr. Ford and those still nameless.
Getting Out the Vote

National Voter Registration Day Along with YWCA USA and YWCAs across the country, effort to engage citizens in our democracy and get out the vote (#GOTV).
In the News
Stories From Main Street: Helping Sexual Violence Survivors Heal In Bergen County by Sean Adams, WCBS Radio 880
Victims of abuse 'air dirty laundry' in annual YWCA Clothesline Project by Svetlana Shkolnikova, The Record/
 Kavanaugh sex assault accusations send NJ advocacy groups into 'overdrive' by Andrew Goudsward, Asbury Park Press /
Looking Ahead
Our 43rd Tribute to Women of INfluence (TWIN) takes place on December 6, 2018 8:00-10:00am at Stony Hill Inn, Hackensack. This inspiring event recognizes women who are making significant contributions to their organizations and communities. 

Visit for NOMINATION and SPONSORSHIP information, or contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or
Join marketing expert Sandra Scaiano on October 24, 2018 6:00-8:00pm at Serendipity Labs in Ridgewood for Mindful Marketing. Learn how to market your business in ways that feel good to you and your audience. Register for Mindful Marketing ($15).
WEN on the GO! is our new Women's Empowerment Network quarterly leadership series with corporate and small business tracks. Interested in becoming a WEN on the GO! sponsor? Contact Lori Murray at 201-345-1888 or .
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 Sexual Violence Prevention
Help YWCA Bergen County healingSPACE educate young people on ending sexual violence.
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  WEN  and  Empower U ; support survivors and their loved ones with  healingSPACE   Sexual Violence Resource Center; strive for the equality of all people with our  Racial Justice initiatives; and advocate for change with efforts like our  Time Is Now Action Coalition  to address sexual harassment and assault.
Find out  ways to get involved ! And stay up-to-date by following YWCA Bergen County on  Facebook Twitter ,   Instagram , and   LinkedIn .
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