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Domestic Violence Rising During the Pandemic
During the month of October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WGA focuses on domestic violence in our community and discusses this with one of our grantees, Hubbard House, a full-service certified domestic violence shelter serving Duval and Baker counties. A type of pandemic of its own, the problem of domestic violence has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

"There was a roughly 8% increase in the number of domestic violence-related offenses reported in Duval County in 2020," says Gail Patin, CEO of WGA grantee Hubbard House, "but we believe the increase is actually even higher, because of likely underreporting relating to quarantine measures."

Gail noted that their agency instituted a 24/7 "Text line" for those who might not be able to phone for help in an emergency. "Quarantine measures were used to promote public health, but they also led to survivors and abusers being together for extended periods of time," she said. "A person who needs help might be able to text more discreetly than calling."

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WGA Committees and Volunteer Opportunities!
In the Member Survey, 38% of you shared that you would like to be more involved in a volunteer capacity and 28% would like to be more involved in a leadership capacity. WGA has many opportunities to nourish your passion, talents and interests. All new committees are forming now. We want YOU!

You can learn more about how to tailor your opportunities here or by contacting Kacie Smyth, WGA Director for The Community Foundation, at ksmyth@jaxcf.org.
Your Vote Needed! Proposed Member Contribution Reallocation
Members, your electronic ballot will be emailed on October 15th.

A WGA Task Force recommended, after careful consideration of the alternatives, and the Steering Committee approved a reallocation of members' $1,500 annual contribution. To be clear, everyone's annual contribution remains unchanged. This proposed reallocation does, however, strengthen our commitment to our grants pool and operating expenses, and continues to grow our $5 million endowment albeit at a lower rate.
Vote
We hope you have taken the opportunity to read about the origins and rationale for this proposal by reading the letter mailed to all members in August, asking questions as your Connector meetings, or joining the open Zoom call on October 5. If you would like to learn more, please visit the WGA Members page to review Frequently Asked Questions or call Jan Healy, WGA President. Thank you for considering this proposal. Please, don't forget to vote!
Annual Meeting is Almost Here! Time to Register!
OCTOBER 20 | 11:00 AM - 1 PM
Doors open at 11:00; Program begins promptly at 11:30
LOCATION: UNF University Center
Price: $45 (Lunch will be provided)

Join us October 20th for our Annual Meeting, an awe-inspiring celebration where we will be honoring our members and our hardworking agency partners over the past 20 years. Members and guests can expect a delicious lunch, an inspiring opening poem from a Jacksonville Arts and Music student, an exciting grants presentation and announcement, a lively interactive program, WGA memorabilia, and much more. You won't want to miss this meeting and celebration with fellow WGA members, partners and friends!

Masking and social distancing protocols will be in place. For the safety of all, we ask that you be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test prior to attending. We hope to see you in person; for those that are uncomfortable or unable to attend, we will have a live streaming option (link to follow).
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Grant Agency Discussion: How Can WGA Help?
NOVEMBER 4 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Zoom

Linda Simmons and Jennifer Kowkabany, WGA Co-Chairs of the Grants Leadership Team, will lead a discussion among our grantees assisting women in transition (Micah's Place, Hubbard House, R.E.S.T.O.R.E., Family Promise, Helping WIN, and Center for Children's Rights). Learn what they say have been the silver linings of the pandemic, what keeps them awake, what they need to go forward, and how WGA can help. Members and guests always welcome!
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Upcoming Connectors
Join fellow WGA members and guests for all Connector events, regardless of where you live!
WGA Connector Events
TODAY! - PV, Marsh Landing, St. Johns County Connector
OCT 14 | 5:30 PM
LOCATION: BEAM
850 6th Avenue S, Suite 400
Jacksonville Bch, FL 32250
Register.
WGA Connector Events
San Marco Connector
OCT 26 | 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Home of Susie Miller
(Address provided upon registration)
Register.
WGA Connector Events
Nassau County Connector
NOV 2 | 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Story and Song Bistro
1430 Park Avenue
Fernandina Bch, Fl 32034
Register.
Great Times at Recent Connectors!
North Beaches Connector, October 5, 2021
Mandarin/Deerwood/Orange Park Connectors, October 12, 2021
Emergency Assistance Available in WGA Counties
The WGA panel discussion event on September 23rd provided insight into nonprofit's efforts for emergency services. Agency CEO's Lori Richards with BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry); Colleen Rodriguez with Jewish Family & Community Services; and Jamie Reynolds with Barnabas Center, all spoke about the increased demand for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Client after client told us, 'I've never asked for help before.'" said one of the speakers.

In addition to increased demand, challenges included the need for contact-less delivery of services (pre-bagged groceries delivered to someone's car rather than selecting food in a market-style setting) and the loss of volunteers (many of whom are older and concerned about COVID risk). All three agency leaders hope volunteers can return to their posts soon.
'Lunching with Legislators' Advocacy Event
Lunching with Legislators
In this image, facilitator Sabeen Perwaiz introduces State Senator Audrey Gibson (D) and State Representative Cyndi Stevenson (R) in the September 29th virtual event for WGA. The two talked about how best to advocate for issues of concern to women and girls and previewed topics that might come up in the next legislative session (redistricting, transportation, Medicaid expansion, mental health access). Advocacy chair Saralyn Grass invited members to join WGA's advocacy efforts.
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