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Field Report: Happy holidays from Women With A Vision!

Looking at December in review, this is what happened at WWAV! 🙂

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Above is a staff photo from our housewarming party.

This month, three new staff members joined our team. Introducing Nia Weeks (Director of Policy & Advocacy), Nakita Shavers (Reproductive & Sexual Health Program Coordinator), and Raven Frederick (Community Outreach Specialist)! We are so happy to expand our programming with their full-time dedication. Be on the lookout for their news and events coming up in the New Year…

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From front to back: Raven, Nakita, and Nia.

I spent a lot of work time this month coordinating volunteers at WWAV. One of my main responsibilities is recruiting, interviewing, and coordinating all our office and special event volunteers. On December 12, I attended the New Orleans book fair in the Bywater and distributed information about our organization with the help of one of our volunteers.

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Above is a photo of Angela (volunteer) and I tabling at the New Orleans Book Fair in the Clouet Garden.

On December 15, all WWAV staff visited the Tulane City Center for a project design review of our Vision House. The City Center is developing a renovation of our new home at 1820 N Claiborne, and is putting together a booklet that we will use to help fundraise for the renovations.

In 2012, the former office of WWAV suffered an arson attack, destroying much of our Reproductive Health education and outreach materials. Three years later, Women With A Vision is stronger than ever and is gaining momentum in the Reproductive Justice arena, including in policy, advocacy, and service delivery program areas. The organization remains a group of fighters eager to make social change, and who dream of a Vision House to continue its program expansion.

It is important that the new Vision House design has community and stakeholder input, so it was nice to be able to come together for lunch and review the designs thus far.

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Above is a photo of Deon Haywood (Executive Director) speaking to the audience of the design review about the importance of a special space for Women With A Vision.

Healthcare access for women and their families is an important mission of WWAV. On December 15, a public health professional come to the office and helped community members sign up for government health insurance. Having an office with the capacity to do events like this is important to the work of WWAV, and is one of the reasons we are looking forward to the development of the Vision House.

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Our team is doing incredible work, and I would like to give a shoutout to all our staff and volunteers for helping put together everything we do! People really make or break an organization, and with that note, I am looking forward to 2016 with WWAV!

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This entry was posted on January 11, 2016 by in VISTA Field Reports.



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