Our First Event
February 19, 2017, Women Empowering Women held an event at Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery — the gathering that became a catalyst for Women Empowering Women. We met to celebrate the women in our community and to invite them to give something to someone in need. We never know what empowers another person – but we do know sometimes one little thing goes a long way to making someone stronger.
Guests were invited to bring gifts for area programs that benefit women in need. The Domestic Violence & Rape Resource Center was just building their new shelter in response to an explosive demand for services resulting from the energy boom. Western Edge Ministries was opening their new halfway house for women leaving the correctional center and needing a place to set the stage for post-prison success. Home & Community-Based Services Low Income Elderly Women was providing ongoing services for elderly women with basic needs such as laundry soap, shampoo or cleaning products – things their limited incomes many times failed to provide.
Each provider was selected with the idea that we didn’t really know what touchpoints made the most difference in a woman’s life. Was it new jammies and lotion and to crawl into a safe bed at DVRCC after being admitted that helped a woman feel empowered to make it this time? Was it new undies to remind a woman she is special and that under everything that seems difficult and tiring, there is a new start from someone who believes in her? Was it help in the form of not-so-essential basics for an elderly woman, living carefully in her home, trying to make ends meet so she can continue to live independently, that empowers her to reflect on her own journey, celebrating the successes of her youth, knowing that the women coming behind “have her back”?
We had fun at that first event. We brought gifts; we raised money. We empowered women we didn’t know and left feeling better for having been a part of that evening. We left being thankful we weren’t in need and we went home empowered to think even bigger when it comes to lifting one another up. We came back together and started Women Empowering Women thinking a lot more women would be a lot more fun and empowering.