WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER
Domestic Violence Exhibit Comes to Tower Square
In an effort to inspire men and boys in the Pioneer Valley to take a stand against sexual and domestic violence against women, Womanshelter/Companeras has teamed up with Jane Doe Inc, to bring the “Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood” exhibit to Tower Square.
“Displays of Character: Men Reimagining Manhood” is a traveling exhibit featuring thirteen men from all walks of life who have been active White Ribbon Day Ambassadors in Massachusetts. These men are encouraging others to take the same white ribbon pledge that they did to be a part of the solution in ending violence against women by promoting and creating safe relationships and communities.
“This display is a true celebration of who we are as men: we are ready to be part of the solution to gender-based violence,” commented Craig Norberg-Bohm, JDI’s former Men’s Initiative Coordinator and founder of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign. “Jane Doe Inc. is delighted that the traveling exhibit has made its way to Springfield.”
The seven-panel exhibit to be featured in Tower Square’s Center Court will be on display through October 14 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
“We’re always trying to find creative ways to bring awareness to this important issue, and to highlight the fact that this isn’t just a women’s issue…men are also assisting in ending violence against women,” explained Carmen Nieves, Policy Implementation Coordinator for Womanshelter/Companeras. “We are pleased that State Representative Aaron Vega has also gotten behind our cause, and is a big supporter of Womanshelter/Companeras. Representative Vega is our local person of character.”
Womanshelter/Compañeras is a private non-profit organization dedicated to assisting, supporting, and empowering those whose lives are affected by battering and abuse. Founded in 1980 in Holyoke as a grassroots collective, the organization has sheltered more than 3,000 women and children and assisted 35,000 others through community-based support programs. Jane Doe Inc is the only sexual and domestic violence statewide, non-profit, advocacy, membership organization in Massachusetts.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse call the confidential 24-Hour Hotline at: 877-536-1628. For more information visit: www.womanshelter.org
UNICEF Day….A Day to Help The World’s Neediest Children: Oct. 31st
Thousands of children under the age of five die every day because they lack proper nutrition, safe drinking water, affordable vaccines and other basic necessities that most people in the U.S. take for granted.
UNICEF's lifesaving interventions and programs around the world have helped reduce the number of child deaths by more than 50% since 1990, and yet 16,000 children still die every day from preventable causes.
To support the efforts of UNICEF, Neighborhood Foods’ owners Peter and Young Choi work to raise money for these children, by collecting money for UNICEF in their store throughout the year, as well as encouraging other Tower Square retailers to do the same. They also hold a special fundraiser every October to allow all of Tower Square’s tenants and patrons to show their support as well.
This year, Neighborhood Foods will be holding their annual UNICEF Day event on Monday, October 31st in the Tower Square food court from 11:30am – 1:30m. Look for their donation table near the top of the escalator, where you can make your donation. Anyone making a donation can enter to win raffle prizes courtesy of the CBRE/Tower Square management office, and receive a bag of freshly popped popcorn courtesy of Neighborhood Foods.
UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, working in more than 100 countries to ensure access to one of life’s basic necessities….clean drinking water and proper sanitation. UNICEF is also the world’s largest buyer of vaccines, providing immunizations for more than one third of the world’s children. Thank you in advance for your support on UNICEF DAY.
Neighborhood Foods is located on street level of Tower Square.
Cambridge College to Host “Through Her Eyes” CHD Conference – October 21
The horrors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are not distant – they are very real issues faced by local girls and women in our society today. That is why the Center for Human Development (CHD) is hosting a conference at Cambridge College at Tower Square on Friday, October 21st, to address the issues facing girls and young women at risk of personal and social dangers in our culture.
The “Through Her Eyes” conference focuses on the most current methods and practices for helping girls at home, in school, and in society, who face challenges from trauma, neglect, aggression and addition.
In each of the seventeen workshops, notable professionals will provide valuable insights and resources to those who work directly with girls and young women at risk, including educators, care providers, social workers and family members.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Brenda Myers-Powell co-founder of The Dreamcatcher Foundation which fights to end human trafficking in Chicago. The not-for-profit organization works to prevent the sexual exploitation of at-risk youth and helps current prostitutes find confidence and stability beyond the limitations of their current lifestyle. They foster confidence, courage, independence, and inner strength within young people in disadvantaged areas. Our harm reduction approach allows Chicago’s most disenfranchised young women take advantage of all of the mentoring services we offer and improve their lives through education, empowerment, and prevention.
“I am here to tell you – there is life after so much damage, there is life after so much trauma. There is life after people have told you that you are nothing, that you are worthless and that you will never amount to anything. There is life – and I’m not just talking about a little bit of life. There is a lot of life.” – Brenda Myers-Powell
This is the twelfth year that the CHD has held the Through Her Eyes Conference. The conference at Cambridge College runs from 8am – 4pm. The cost is $125. To attend you can register on line at: CHD.ORG/THROUGHHEREYES For questions or special accommodations call 413.439.2106.
Cambridge College is located on street level of Tower Square at 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA.