Fighting Poverty with Passion
The end of 2014 was an exciting time for Women With A Vision as we celebrated the end of our 25th year of service to the Greater New Orleans community with a 25th Anniversary Party and Fundraiser at Mulate’s. We were filled with gratitude to our partners, supporters, allies, funders clients and to our community that came out for a life giving and soul warming celebration of this milestone in our legacy. Over 100 people were in attendance and the evening saw a lineup featuring some of New Orleans’ finest women performers including Asia Rainey, Michaela Harrison, Joy Clark, Monica McIntyre, the Honorable South’s Charm Taylor and more! Also in attendance were 2 of Women With A Vision’s Founder mothers, Catherine Haywood and Danita Muse who spoke on the legacy of WWAV over the last quarter century. The night was closed out with a dance party with music provided by the New Breeds Brass band.
Women With A Vision was also presented with a mayoral proclamation honoring the work the organization has done over the last 25 years. We were also honored at a special session during the New Orleans City Council meeting for Women With A Vision’s contribution to the monumental overturning of Louisiana’s Crime against Nature statue that unfairly targeted LGBT sex workers with disproportionate sentences for their alleged crimes. Thanks to the efforts of WWAV, over 700 people were removed from the Louisiana Sex Offender registry, and more people are being removed to this day.
It is rare that a grassroots collective made by and for Black women in the South would reach 25 years in the non-profit sector, and while, as with most small non-profits, funding is always an issue, Women With A Vision leans heavily on the local, national and international support it has gathered over the last 25 years through relentless advocacy to keep our work going. 2014 was a year of incredible growth at the organization with a record number of part time and full time staff members joining WWAV and the creation of our Gender Based Violence Coordinator position as well as the creation of the EMERGE:CrossRoads Diversion Program and the Louisiana Re-entry Initiative, 3 new programs whose services were highly requested from the local community of New Orleans women. In 2015 WWAV hopes to be able to maintain the same level of programming while increasing the number of clients we are able to serve and connect to resources for their personal benefit.
More photos from the 25th Anniversary Fundraiser + Party