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From the Perspective of a 20 Year Old.

My name is Madeleine Weick and I have just completed a 10 week internship with A Woman’s Place (AWP) through Foundation’s Community Partnerships’ Summer Youth Corps program. The 10 weeks that I interned at AWP were a whirlwind of emotions and experiences. From working in the administrative office to the emergency shelter, I was able to gain a comprehensive understanding…
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Turkey Problem

My first Christmas with the family I created was supposed to be perfect.  My husband and I had just purchased our home and had our first daughter; we were beyond excited to start our own family traditions.  We picked out decorations, put up our first tree, and transformed our home into our own little North…
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My Decision

It all started with my decision not to join the military. I wanted to serve people but do so in other ways. In a random google search, I typed in “suicide hotline volunteer.” An online application eventually led to an interview. Soon after, I began training as a crisis/suicide hotline volunteer. My training covered a…
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What Would You Do?

It’s the $5.8 billion question. You can read the graphic. Every year the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion. Domestic violence is costing us, as a community, more than $5.8 billion per year. Have I said it enough? What a waste! It begs the question, though. What would you do with $5.8 billion?…
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Take Some Time

Though Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, its true purpose is to recognize the contributions that America’s workers make on a daily basis. Whether you’re hitting the beach, firing up the barbecue or relaxing with a good book this weekend, remember to take some time to thank the people whose work makes your life better. And…
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Bright, Bold, Beautiful & Brand New

Many months ago, the quest to re-do our website began. As the Communications Manager for A Woman’s Place (AWP), it was my responsibility to explore the possibilities. Domestic violence is a tough subject, and there has been much discussion about how to present our information and message.  For years the website was subdued. The colors…
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Not Teddy Bears

Who doesn’t love teddy bears? They are usually cute, cuddly and come in all shapes and sizes. But are they what a non-profit needs? In December I read a blog on Inspiring Generosity written by Ken Mueller titled, Give Nonprofits What They Need (Not Teddy Bears). This was posted after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT and…
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Second Chances

The first week of December is National Tolerance Week.  As I thought about what that meant to me, second chances came to mind. As a new volunteer at A Woman’s Place (AWP) and fresh out of Direct Service Training, I thought about all of the people I’ve met so far.  Whether they were survivors, staff…
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