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March 17, 2020

Women’s Advocates’ response to COVID-19

Please read our update below. If you can support financially at this time, your donations will go directly to Women’s Advocates’ Aftercare program to support domestic violence survivor families and former Women’s Advocates’ residents with rent support. Donate HERE.

Our response to COVID-19 developments

Women’s Advocates is committed to the safety of our residents, aftercare families, staff, volunteers, and supporters. Women’s Advocates’ team will continue to monitor and follow public health advisories regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In response to this rapidly changing situation, we will continue our regular shelter operations and advocacy for the families currently staying in our shelter. We will continue to operate our 24/7 crisis line, offering phone support and referrals to services for victim/survivors of domestic violence

We are implementing extra safety precautions when it comes to our meal service, shelter cleaning, staff schedules, group meetings, and shared spaces. Non-essential staff are working remotely when possible. We have suspended all volunteer activities, reevaluating every few weeks. We are limiting visitors to Women’s Advocates’ offices, reevaluating every few weeks.

Urgent supply needs

For the time being, we are not allowing in-kind donation deliveries, except for the items below, which we are in great need of.

Needed items (all new):

  • Kleenex
  • Latex or Rubber Gloves
  • Face Masks, including home-made
  • Oral Thermometers
  • Hand Soaps
  • Hand Sanitizer (60% or more alcohol content)
  • Bleach
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Wipes

If you can support with these items, please reach out to donations@wadvocates.org to coordinate. Unapproved donations will not be accepted.

How you can support…

At this time, our abilities to share our violence prevention education, resources, and presentations in-person are limited. We need community support to continue reaching people in need:

Organizations nationwide, including ours, may see a dip in philanthropic support for an unknown length of time. You can help:

  • Head to our donate page to review the various ways you can support Women’s Advocates
  • Start a Facebook or GoFundMe fundraising page and select Women’s Advocates as the beneficiary OR donate directly to us here
  • Ask your employer to match your donations (email development@wadvocates.org) to coordinate
  • Shop our Amazon wishlist (http://a.co/jkkHfvm) for cleaning items, clothing basics, and personal care/hygiene products to be directly shipped to us
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