October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, in an effort to increase awareness and raise money to support its domestic violence services, YWCA Evanston/North Shore is launching a fundraising effort called “Every 9 Seconds: The YWCA Challenge to End Domestic Violence.”
This challenge, which highlights the fact that every nine seconds a woman in the U.S. is beaten or battered, will take place throughout October.
“Every donation made in support of the YWCA Challenge to End Domestic Violence will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor,” said Kathy Slaughter, vice president of development at YWCA Evanston/North Shore.
Information about participating in the challenge can be found at bit.ly/Every9 or by calling Slaughter at 224-420-3272.
“In past Octobers, we have participated in the Purple Purse Challenge, a national fundraising competition centered on financial education for domestic violence survivors,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “This year, as part of our intensified commitment to expanding every aspect of our domestic violence services, we are spearheading our own campaign to raise money and awareness.”
Added Singer, “We are so grateful to our anonymous donor and the many supporters throughout northern Cook County who give so generously to make everything we do possible, from our emergency shelter, to our longer-term housing, to our crisis line, counseling services, and violence prevention work.”