Last year in April I attended a very inspiring luncheon organized by the YWCA and vowed to make this an annual event for myself. This year I counted the days to attend again and invited several special women friends to join me and share in what I knew would be another wonderful luncheon. And it was ! Over 700 women attended the “YWCA Celebration Luncheon 2008” held today in the Bicentennial Pavilion. Just walking into the lobby you could feel the energy of women excited to see each other, purchasing hand-made jewelry and listening to the rhythm of African drums being played by a unique trio of musicians. “This is a reminder of how many wonderful women we have right here in our community” said my friend Nancy.
Executive Director Miriam Barnett presented a touching story of a women who arrived in a taxi at the shelter this past Saturday with “everything she owned” her child, a diaper bag and one suitcase. Keynote speaker Nontombi Naomi Tuitu spoke about hope and inspiration.
Did you know the YWCA has been assisting women in Tacoma since 1906? This very vital Non-profit assisted more than 12,000 women and children in 2007. Over 4700 calls were answered on the 24-hour domestic violence crisis line. Do we dare believe domestic violence does not exist in our community? The statistics show it does. Let us not forget how important this need is in our community to keep women and children safe. How can you help? Volunteer, make a donation and advocate for women! I support the YWCA and encourage you to as well.