The VDAY organization became a part of my life in 2005, and I have been a VDAY activist ever since. One of the million reasons why I believe in this organization is its ability to not only be a monetary aid, but also its contagious ability to spread awareness, hope, endurance, and education. VDAY helps you to not only work for the cause they are spotlighting and to stop the end of violence, they also help you get involved in a grass roots way with your own community. In my journey with the VDAY organization, I have performed in and directed the Vagina Monologues 4 times. I also have held fundraising benefits and educational events. I was present in New Orleans for VDAY's 10th Anniversary- all of the women artists, friends, advisers, lovers, professionals, and survivors there changed my life. When I started working with VDAY I had a thirst for helping others. VDAY gave me the guidance and strength to not only help others but also to help myself. It has taught me that every woman has a story, none less important then the other. It has taught me to speak out loud, and take actions that abck up those loud words. I have grown into a stronger woman then I have ever known I could be. Thank you V DAY, and thank you Eve Ensler.
I've particioated in VDAY for 2 years now, in 2 different countires and I've had a wonderfully rewarding experience each time. I look forward to working with VSAY again in years to come in an effort not only to raise awarness of the strifes of women throughout the world, but also (and perhaps even more importantly) to nurture other women and watch them as we all grow together from our experiences in VDAY!!
I love VDAY. The tools and resources they give as well as the entire mission of ending violence against women and girls helps me make my community a better place while also helping women across the globe have a better life. The ability to produce plays and other works by Eve Ensler is a great tool in opening up a dialogue about topics that women need to discuss with everyone in their community while also helping raise money and awareness for both our own local non-profit and for VDAY at large who contributes money and services to women in need all over the world.
I have worked with several nonprofit organizations and I can say that my volunteer experience with V-Day has been the most satisfying and is the experience I feel has allowed me to make the biggest impact on my community. The model of having the productions be totally community organized with a lot of support from V-Day allows volunteers to experience really deep and meaningful community organizing without feeling totally overwhelmed. I think that the focus on benefiting one's community also allows for so much more ownership and a more positive, connected experience for the participants. Finally, I believe that V-Day's programs are incredibly effective. My event raised $4,500 for a local rape crisis center, and I know that seeing the production has educated so many and changed perspectives -- my own fiance is a perfect example! In 2009, he was very reluctant to see the show, thinking that he would be the only man there and that it would make him uncomfortable. After seeing it, in 2010 he was one of our most supportive volunteers and was envangalizing about how important this piece is for men to see! Overall, great experience for volunteers and audience alike, and very effective at fulfilling the organization's mission.