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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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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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Your One Wild and Precious Life

This month we have blogged about a daughter, a longtime AWP supporter, a mother, and a mentor. Each chosen for their character, courage and commitment.  Before I even began writing this final blog for National Women’s History Month, I knew it was going to be a challenge.  How could I pick just one woman who has…
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I Wish You Nothing but the Best

In the early 1920s, Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean and Genevieve R. Cline was the first woman appointed as a United States federal judge.  During National Women’s History Month we celebrate the accomplishments of great women in history. However, I believe that we often forget the great accomplishments of the women in our…
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Watch Out! They’re Coming!

The world just got a little bit better. Girls are winning in the next generation of my family. My parents welcomed granddaughter number four (of four). I was… dare I say… jubilant in my anticipation of the arrival of my second niece. Another girl! The possibilities of greatness abound! Some might think that I am…
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A Shooting Star

I’ve only seen a shooting star once.  I caught the tail end of it disappearing into the night sky so fast that I didn’t even have time to make a wish on it.  Yet in my memory, I can vividly see that beautiful star sailing gracefully across the endless darkness.  It was as if time slowed…
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Character, Courage, and Commitment

On March 8th my daughter turns 40.  It’s hard to believe, like the cliche says, seems like yesterday she was just a little girl, but I am truly excited for her. Being in your forties is such a great time. You’re no longer considered young, but you aren’t considered old either. It is a time…
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