YWCA Addresses Violence Against Women
Violence against women, in its many forms, has no demographic boundaries. It is known to all age groups, all races, all religions, and all socioeconomic backgrounds. A woman is battered every 15 seconds in the United States, and 700,000 women are raped every year. No community is immune, and violence against women is a serious problem around the globe. According to the World Bank, at least one out of every five women in the world has been physically abused or sexually assaulted. (Source: YWCA USA Week Without Violence.)
On August 29, 2013, from 12:00-1:00pm, the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Pirates will create emergency kits for greater Pittsburgh domestic violence shelters and organizations. These kits will contain new/unopened personal hygiene and toiletry items, sorted and stored in individual Ziploc bags, for safe and easy distribution to women and children at the residential facilities and shelters. Staff/volunteers from the shelters will also be on hand to accept larger household items that will allow women and children to create their own living spaces free from violence and abuse.
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh asks for your donations during the months of June, July and August for the new/unopened items listed below. Donations will be shared with the following organizations: Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center, Inc.; Crisis Center North; Womansplace, Inc.; Women’s Center and Shelter; and YWCA Women’s Resource Center.
Please deliver all donations to the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh (305 Wood St, downtown Pittsburgh) through 11:00 AM on August 29, 2013:
• New bed sheets (single and double)
• New underwear (boys) and robes (ladies)
• Diapers & pull-ups (all sizes)
• New bath & hand towels (all colors/sizes)
• Bathroom mats and rugs
• Kitchen towels and utensils
• Silverware, can openers, dishes
• Gas and grocery gift cards
• Educational toys and books (T-5 yrs)
• Travel size soap, shampoo, conditioner
• Deodorant and wash cloths
• Other small personal care hygiene items
• Gently used small appliances (alarm clocks, hair dryers, coffee makers)
• New child and adult sized PJs
Domestic violence impacts countless women and children in southwestern Pennsylvania; educating the public and providing community resources are critical steps in eliminating abuse. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race and Gender Equity is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to raise awareness about domestic violence in our own region. We invite you to join us in ending all forms of violence against women.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is located in downtown Pittsburgh (412.391.5100) and Homewood-Brushton (412.361.6433).
Ms. Mell Steven-Cosnek
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Center for Race and Gender Equity
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222