Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends-A Girl’s Night Out
Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends – A Girl’s Night Out
to benefit Wellspring
Thursday Oct 27 6-9 pm at Longfellows
Imagine an evening out with your friends that’s filled with fashion, food, drinks, chair massages, music, and a silent auction. That’s exactly what Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends, A Girl’s Night Out is! This event started several years ago when female entrepreneurs from the Saratoga Downtown Business Association wanted an enjoyable way to help promote the mission of Wellspring. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a perfect time to advocate Wellspring’s vision of promoting awareness, deconstructing victim stereotypes, educating youth on prevention and ultimately, ending domestic violence in Saratoga County. A Girl’s Night Out is a fun evening at Longfellows that enables Wellspring to raise necessary funds to provide a wide range of services, all of which are always free of charge. Tickets for the event are $75 at the door or $50 advanced tickets can be purchased at https://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?etid=9189
One in every four women is affected by domestic violence. Services that Wellspring provide include a 24-hour hotline, legal advice, information for victims to make decisions, shelter & counseling. This past year, Wellspring received 1,400 calls; assisted 1,000 people with services; conducted prevention programs in several local schools, including Skidmore College, impacting 6,500 youth. The effects of promoting prevention with our youth have already been seen. Saratoga High School has implemented a group for students affected by domestic violence, while Shenendehowa and Saratoga High Schools have an advocate in-house in addition to an advocate on campus at Skidmore. One of the many programs that will benefit from this fundraiser is Coaching Boys to Men. This is a new preventative program in which athletic coaches provide high school males with information to encourage responsible behavior and healthy relationships.
The former Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center changed their name to Wellspring three years ago. The new name was indicative of the breadth of their work and the transformation of their focus from being crisis oriented to empowering victims and offering preventative programs. Wellspring still offers crisis intervention and support with 15 advocates in the office but with the new name, the focus is more on early intervention and prevention. A relatively new partnership with Saratoga Police allows Wellspring to come in contact with people they would not normally. An advocate works with the police since they often see signs of abuse before a victim seeks help. Building a collaborative relationship and developing strategies to end domestic violence are goals of this alliance.
There is a need for volunteers to act as ambassadors to disseminate information in the community and other volunteers to assist at agency events. For more information, call 583-0280 or visit http://www.wellspringcares.org