In just six months of operation, Oakland Women's Center (OWC) has provided training and assistance to over 50 new members in West Oakland, where 34% of residents live below the federal poverty level.
For those of us fortunate to have our basic needs consistently well met, the crushing stress of poverty - the scramble of women to house, feed and clothe their children – may be hard to grasp. WCI gives women a "leg up" by extending a compassionate hand up through personalized assistance and support.
Oakland Women's Center (OWC) provides a safe gathering place for women to access holistic solutions to building healthier, more prosperous lives.
Restoring Our Roots – workshops and mentoring to help women embrace healthly life skills, and
Women Building Economic Power – a multi-faceted initiative enabling women to build their capacity for sustainable prosperity.
"This community is in such a health crisis that it hurts me to the core of my being. Imagine living in a community where there is no major grocery store but a liquor store on almost every other block! That is the reality of West Oakland. Thank you for for recognizing these ladies (the presenters of the Health & Nutrition Workshops) with a powerful gift to share with the West Oakland community. Please keep up the fantastic work you are all doing! Iris C., Oakland Women's Center Member
Fueling the woman-power of Oakland during this holiday season depends on your contributions. Some options for your generosity:
- Any –preferably large – amount to facilitate WCI's important mission;
- $50 Pampers a Woman for the Holidays - A gift of self-care for a Center member at the Ooh La Lah Beauty Lounge, a Center co-tenant and partner;
- $150 buys a first aid and emergency response kit for the Center
- $250 sponsors OWC's December workshops – "Uplifting your Spirits for the Holidays"
- $500 sponsors one workshop series in early 2016. Planned series include: Know Your Rights; Reclaiming Personal Power; Self Defense for Women.
Donate online at www.WomensCentersIntl.org/donate/. Consider a monthly subscription donation to take the bother out of your dedication!
Mail a check to 2811 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94608 (with checks we don't pay fees!)
Business Sponsorships are welcome! For information, please contact Susan@WomensCentersIntl.org
One of OWC's members said it best: "This is exactly what I needed! This is going to change my life and make a better life for my family." Yvonne D.
"Nothing's gonna change til the power's rearragned / and we put ourselves again in women's hands." Lyrics by woman warrior Betsy Rose