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A Woman’s Place Welcomes New Executive Director

(Doylestown, PA) A Woman’s Place (AWP), Bucks County’s domestic violence agency for over 40 years, is extremely excited to welcome new Executive Director Tammy Oliver to lead the organization. Ms. Oliver joins the ranks of some of Bucks County’s most dynamic and bold leaders who have lead AWP over the years. Though she has big…
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Teacher Appreciation.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it can be easy to overlook the importance of showing our community’s teachers and educators the appreciation and gratitude they deserve for everything they do for our children. As part of The Prevention Project, I am fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with many of…
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What it Means to be Aware

This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and me, along with everybody else at A Woman’s Place, whether it be staff members or fellow volunteers, consider this special month a time to raise awareness in our community and, more importantly, to be aware ourselves. Awareness is something that everyone has within them, but not…
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The Importance of Educating Teens

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which calls for action in educating teens and adolescents on what healthy relationships are, as well as how to recognize and react to unhealthy relationships. According to a 2011 CDC nationwide survey, it was found that 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced rape, physical…
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Imagining a World Without Domestic Violence

It’s often said in nonprofit circles that the ultimate goal of any nonprofit organization should be to eliminate the need to exist. Food pantries hope there is no more hunger, homelessness agencies hope everyone has a home, so it follows that the goal of A Woman’s Place should be to end domestic violence in Bucks…
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The Power of Silence

If you know me, you’re probably thinking that I’ve completely gone off my rocker to write a blog about silence.  I am one of the most verbal people ever.  First of all, I’m a Gemini, who by nature are verbal; second, historically, I’ve processed everything verbally, out loud, with words.  I also read a lot,…
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The Holiday Season

The holiday season is back! And it’s crazy, fast, and rushed; multiple weeks with too many calories and not enough free time to complete your tasks. Many of us are warmed and thrilled by the sound of holiday carols and the decorations coming back after months of hibernation. Many of us spoil ourselves with treats…
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Once a Week, Once in a Lifetime

When I first set foot in the AWP Emergency Shelter in mid-June this past summer, I did not know what to expect. What would I be doing there? Would the clients like me? Would I enjoy this opportunity? And as I have been a volunteer there for almost five months now, I realize, with such…
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Lessons From My First Week

I’m new here. My title is “manager of corporate and foundation relations,” but all that really means is that my job is to tell a compelling story to businesses and foundations about the work we do. This is what I do for a living in the nonprofit world: I’m a story teller. I know the…
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Family Matters

While we sit around the dinner table and I look back and forth between my moms, I remember how it was hard to understand, as a kid, that it was okay to have a different family.  I used to think that something was missing, that there was something wrong because I didn’t have a father. …
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