The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan
March 31, 2011
I served on the board 2004-2010, as chair for the first three years, and continue as a volunteer, most recently as a co-chair for the Power of One event celebrating Jean Ledwith King. The Women's Center is unique and essential to our community, providing a safety net of comprehensive critical services under one roof and making them affordable. No one is turned away. The Center's work consists not only in providing human services, but more importantly in implementing a vision of social justice in terms of gender and socio-economic class. In spite of the current economy, the Center continues to deliver high quality services because, in part, it draws in professionals who volunteer their skills and time, which have a dollar value of 1.5 times the annual operating budget. In addition to direct programs and services, the Center has created a General Resources document in order to provide accurate responses to callers (3000 annually) needing critical information about food, shelter, medical care, etc. As a result the Center has become the go-to organization for other organizations that need to know how and where to refer their own callers and clients. The Center is unique and essential in our community in addressing the emotional and financial challenges of women who have nowhere else to go.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have had the honor and satisfaction of being a part of a community of women serving other women, with amazing commitment and passion and innumerable hours in being sure clients are well served.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would find more funding in order to continue and expand the Center's work.
Board Member & As a board member I was involved in strategic planning, financial oversight and fundraising, governance ... and a lot of hands-on work with staff, volunteers, and community supporters.