News release from the YWCA Northeast Indiana:
YWCA Northeast Indiana Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month This Thursday!
(September 28, 2015) – The public is invited to join YWCA Northeast Indiana throughout the month of October as we raise awareness about Domestic Violence. We will be kicking off our month of activities this Thursday evening with our annual Flowers on the River event!
The public is invited to join us at YWCA Northeast Indiana as we launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month with our annual Flowers on the River event on Thursday, October 1st at 5pm. Flowers on the River honors those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. The event will begin at 1610 Spy Run Avenue, YWCA Northeast Indiana’s administrative offices, in Fort Wayne. There will be a short ceremony that will be attended by city and county officials, and a Mayoral Proclamation will be read from Mayor Henry’s office, followed by a walk to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge where flowers will be thrown off of the bridge and into the St. Mary’s River in honor of each person we have served this past year. Since the program began, over 5,000 flowers have been placed on the river, symbolizing the new journeys our clients and their children embark upon.
To RSVP for Flowers on the River please contact Sue Hiatt at YWCA@ywcaerew.org, or 260-424-4908 ext. 254.
We also need the public’s help with our Hope Awards! Every year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, YWCA Northeast Indiana recognizes those who exhibit excellence in advocacy that reflects our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A winner is selected in each of the five categories (Racial Justice, Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Child Advocacy, and the Junior Hope Award). YWCA Northeast Indiana will surprise the winning nominees with their award during the 2015 YWCA USA Week Without Violence, October 19-23. If you know someone you would like to nominate please visit our website at www.ywca.org/NEIN, or e-mail Erin Johnson at EJohnson@ywcaerew.org by Monday, October 5th with your nomination! Help us to recognize all the important work members of our community are doing!
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA, serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Since 1894, YWCA Northeast Indiana which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served.