Last year our inaugural Summer Soiree raised over $19,000 to benefit Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. The prevalence of violence and victimization of women is a serious social problem. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is well known as a leader in our sector and it would be wonderful to have you on this journey as we continue to make a positive impact on the lives of women and children in our community and advocate for broader social change. On August 15th, 2019 our second annual Summer Soiree aims at raising more funds to support this worthwhile cause!
How does Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis serve the community?
According to their last annual report Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis has provided support to more than 1,260 women and 82 children from 2016-2017. They have handled over 2,144 calls to their 24-hour Crisis Line and held 152 Education events. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis supports the community in the following ways…
Transitional and Housing Support Program
24-hour Crisis Line
519 836 5710 or 1 800 265 SAFE (7233)
Family Court Support Program
Sexual Assault Centre
Rural Women’s Support Program – (Fergus, Erin, Palmerston and Mount Forest)
Emergency shelter, Marianne’s Place
How did Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis get their start?
In response to the second wave of feminism a core group of students from University of Guelph asked, “What can we do to help?” They responded to this call to action in the most powerful way. Through the U of G Association, they began a Rape Crisis Centre in 1977. This involved the creation of a Sexual Assault Crisis Line and educational training packages, allowing the core group to go into classrooms and provide students with an understanding and knowledge about rape and the myths surrounding it. The success of this initiative led them into the community where they were able to provide education to the broader sector. Through many community partnerships and outreach activities, they secured funding to launch the first shelter for women and children in the City of Guelph in 1978.
We owe it to the women before us who were persistent in their bravery and determination and for laying the foundation for social change in our community. This year we are hosting our 2nd annual Summer Soiree on August 15th, 2019 at 7 pm. Our goal is to raise awareness with our social media and print campaign that reaches over 40,000 people and to raise even more funds than we did last year to support Women in Crisis.
But we need your help!
If you are interested in Sponsoring this event, it will not only directly help the women and children who live here but also provides high visibility for your business. Your sponsorship broadcasts the message that your organization is willing to invest in and make a valuable change in our community.