Increasing numbers of women and children in Missoula are experiencing or witnessing violence in their homes. Hundreds of individuals and families are also living in inadequate or substandard housing, while some have no homes at all. YWCA Missoula believes that everyone has the right to a life free of violence and that every person is entitled to safe and decent housing. We are determined to create a community where all people, regardless of gender or race, have opportunities for growth, leadership and power.
This year, YWCA Missoula celebrates 100 years responding to the emerging issues facing women in the community. It is through this rich history filled with compassion and dedication to families in Missoula that we are able to continue our mission eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people in our community.
We are thrilled to announce that the Women's Justice Benefit luncheon on November 6, raised about $162,000!
Thank you to all our volunteers, donors and staff for making this year's event a huge success. We couldn't do it without you.
The GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) program of the YWCA Missoula invites community members, parents, teachers who know young women between the ages of 14 and 18 to nominate them to take part in an innovative group focused on body image self-reflection and building leadership. Nominations are due on Monday, October 28th and can be filled out online here.
The six-session closed leadership group will engage young women in critical analysis of media, self-reflection, journaling, and affirmations of their bodies and their minds. This group is designed to improve girls' confidence, self-esteem and relationships with their bodies and to build leadership skills from the inside out. The group will be facilitated by GUTS! staff. In addition we will have a peer-led component with young women involved with GUTS!.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Missoula Family Violence Council (MFVC) will recognize several individuals in and around Missoula for their commitment to serving victims of relationship violence, holding perpetrators accountable and preventing future violence. The annual awards ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. in the Missoula County Courthouse Rotunda. The MFVC welcomes anyone interested in working toward a nonviolent community to attend.
“The MFVC is honored to recognize community members who champion nonviolence and advocate for victims facing the traumatic effects of relationship violence,” MFVC President Suzin Kratina said, “We hope shining a light on these individuals will inspire others to get involved.”
YWCA Missoula seeks an enthusiastic intern for our award-winning Racial Justice Initiative for Spring and Summer 2014. With the assistance of the YWCA Communications Coordinator, the intern is responsible for writing opinion editorials and letters to the editor on current events relating to Racial Justice. The intern will also write blog and social media posts in response to racism in the media. In addition, the intern will assist the YWCA Racial Justice Advisory Council in identifying and promoting speakers on racial justice topics for the organization's Brown Bag Lunch Series. This is a great opportunity for a journalism student to gain public relations and communications skills in a fast-paced and well-respected nonprofit. To apply, view full job description, send cover letter, resume and two writing clips to firstname.lastname@example.org.