MISSION UPDATE: September 2021 Newsletter

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MISSION UPDATE: September 2021 Newsletter

Categories: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women, News, Programs, Women's Cancer Program

Lindsey Mickler HSWelcome Lindsey Mickler, President & CEO

YWCA Greater Lafayette Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lindsey Mickler as their new President & CEO. Beth Bangs, YWCA Board Chair, said Mickler is a versatile, highly adaptable, results-oriented professional with proven nonprofit leadership and management skills.

“Mickler brings to YWCA extensive experience in the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, most recently in her role as a coordinated entry specialist for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV),” Bangs said. “She has a reputation for setting high expectations, promoting individual and organizational goal attainment and applying her expertise to key aspects of the organizational mission.” Read More.

Floyd Keith HSWelcome Floyd Keith, Senior Director, Racial & Social Justice

YWCA Greater Lafayette has appointed Floyd Keith as the new Senior Director of Racial and Social Justice. This newly created position is made possible through a partnership with the City of Lafayette. The focus of this initiative is to establish, support, lead and manage efforts to identify and eliminate structural and systemic racism, and develop internal and external operations, thought leadership and educational offerings of YWCA’s Racial and Social Justice organizational imperative.

“The City of Lafayette is thrilled to be partnering with YWCA to provide a community resource for racial justice information and training for our community,” states Mayor Tony Roswarski.  “This collaboration will provide the necessary resources for Greater Lafayette to obtain valuable information from YWCA, a reputable organization whose mission is to empower women and eliminate racism.  We look forward to working with Floyd Keith who will bring a tremendous amount of experience that will engage everyone as we battle racial injustice in our community.” Read More.

light up riehle plaza tileLight Up Riehle Plaza

You are invited to Light Up Riehle Plaza, Friday, October 1 at 7p! Last year we kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a proclamation, dance performances to support newly diagnosed patients, to celebrate survivors and to honor those whose lives have been cut short by breast cancer. This year marks a unique opportunity as we join Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the 4th Annual Power of the Purse Challenge in one special event! For all those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer and domestic violence, join YWCA Greater Lafayette, community leaders and performers for an evening of fun and advocacy as we light up downtown Lafayette and the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Light Up Riehle Plaza is sponsored in part by IU Health.

POTP21 logoPower of the Purse 2021

SAVE THE DATE: We are weeks away from launching our 4th Annual Power of the Purse Challenge during the month of October! Our theme this year is “Empowerment in Action” to continue the vital work of YWCA Greater Lafayette to eliminate racism and empower women. Though we faced many challenges last year, 57 Pursesetters across three teams galvanized our community to raise more than $130,000 in support of our Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Program, Women’s Wellness Program and YWCA Greater Lafayette’s mission. These funds ensured that our services, team and mission remained unstoppable. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, YWCA Greater Lafayette’s 45+ member team tirelessly navigates the ever-changing landscape from an increase in domestic violence to a delay in health care screenings to program closures, reduced capacity, and event cancellations. Where there is a will, there is a YWCA! Learn more about how to participate on our website, and follow us on social media for weekly updates on the campaign!

IBCAT tileIBCAT & Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust has granted $5.75 million to 94 organizations for breast cancer screening/diagnostic and support programs since they began grant-making in 2005. IBCAT has been a key partner in enabling us to reach more women, provide education and encourage annual screenings. Annual screenings lead to early detection and early detection saves lives! In the last two years alone, IBCAT has granted YWCA over $100,000. Every cent has gone to direct patient services. This goes to show how a simple $40 contribution can make such a huge impact. Show your support today – purchase the Breast Cancer Plate. Support new patients. Honor those who fought. Celebrate survivors.

clay bowl tileClay Bowl 2021

Clay Bowl Giving Project is a fun event for the whole family. Entering it’s 20th year, Clay Bowl Giving Project is a celebration of local artists that supports survivors of domestic violence. It is an amazing outpouring of creativity, concern and compassion for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Local potters donate hundreds of unique, handmade bowls for Clay Bowl attendees to take home. Clay Bowl will be held Wednesday, October 20th, 2021, 11a-2pm. This year we will be offering carry out. Tickets will be $30 in advance and can be purchased beginning October 1st through our website. Tickets will be $35 on the day of the event. Additional bowls will be available for $20. Check back for updates on our website.

Updates & Reminders

Congratulations to the Salute to Women Class of 2021! You can view video clips and slide shows from this year’s event on our website. Nominations are open for Salute to Women 2022 – download the nomination form here.

Thank you to our community for helping Dress for Success Greater Lafayette raise more than $9K during August for their first ever Virtual Power Walk. 47 participants across 8 teams and 100 donors and local sponsors elevated the mission of Dress for Success: to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Learn more about how you can support Dress for Success Greater Lafayette 365 days a year by visiting our website.

YWCA Greater Lafayette will host the American Red Cross for a blood drive on September 28. Each pint of blood collected can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. Visit the website, type in our zip code and scroll to find us to sign up.

Thank you again for continuing to support YWCA Greater Lafayette!


Team YWCA Greater Lafayette

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