Big Bang-quet 2015

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Help us win a $10,000 credit towards a fundraising event at the fabulous University Club by voting for us in the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge!

Each vote is cast with a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Every organization will receive the funds* raised from their votes, and be in the running to win one of three grand prizes — a $10,000 or $5,000 U-Club event credit for the organizations with the most votes & a $5,000 U-Club event credit for organization with the most individual donors! (* The CRCF will retain a small percentage of the donations to cover processing fees.)

We’re asking you to please consider voting even once. Could you spare $10 for our 10th anniversary year? We know we have enough supporters to get the prize for the most individual donors. Our goal is to use the funds raised for some essential repairs around the Center: gas line replacement, repaving our parking lot, and other not-so-glamourous (but necessary!) projects. These types of projects keep our doors open, but there just aren’t grants available for them—so we’re counting on you!

So remember: $10 for our 10 years!

  Vote Now

UPDATED SUPPORT GROUPS & WORKSHOPS

Job Seekers Support Group Mondays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Anxiety Support Group Mondays 5:30 – 7:00pm
Spinning Yarn Depression Support Group Mondays 5:30 – 6:30pm
Balancing Act Book Club Wednesdays (1st & 3rd) 11am to Noon STARTS FEB 4
Let’s Talk About Sex! must be 18 or older Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm STARTS FEB 4
Not So Happy Endings Support Group Wednesday 5:30–7:00 pm Pre-registration required
Learning to Let Go Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00pm
16 Steps of Discovery and Empowerment Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00pm
Girl Talk – a group for Tween girls (11-14) Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm Feb 19-March 26
Traveling Tips f/t Mid-Life Journey Thursday 6:00 – 7:30pm meets once a month on the fourth Thursday
Parents Estranged from the Children Thursday 6:00 – 7:30pm biweekly next meeting is January 29
Intimate Partner Violence Support Group Saturdays 12:00-1:30 pm (this group is a drop in group)
Communication for Couples Workshop Saturdays 10:30-Noon starts Feb 4 for six weeks
GRANDS Social Support Saturday 9:00 – 10:30am STARTS IN JANUARY 2015
Parents of LGBTQ children Support Group Sundays 3:00 – 4:30pm (held at Diversity Psych Services in Old Town) STARTS FEB 8

Support Group Descriptions

Job Seekers Support Group
Need a job? Looking for a different job? Underemployed? We will take a structured approach to job seeking, finding the right job or career for you. FREE

Support Group for Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
Are you afraid of your partner? Believe you deserve to be hurt or mistreated? Are you emotionally numb or helpless? Domestic violence comes in many forms including physical, emotional, verbal, and financial. Find support at this weekly meeting. Confidential and no cost. Please call for more information.

Breaking the Silence: Support Group Survivors of Sexual Assault using art for healing
Any woman who experienced unwanted sexual contact, including sexual assault or abuse is invited to attend this group. The group will use art to express the impacts of assault, learn new ways of coping and share support. No previous art experience needed. Confidential. Free

Learning to Let Go support group
Are you carrying around a grudge that you just can’t let go of? Does that incident from years ago still make you angry every time you think about it? Still can’t forgive that person for what they did or said to you? Want to learn how to unload this type of “baggage” in your life? This is the group for you.

Anxiety Support Group Do you feel like you spend a lot of time feeling nervous and tense? Do you have feelings of panic, dread or apprehension leading to cold sweats or other negative physical sensations/ailments? This group is for you! You will learn ways to help you make peace with your anxiety, practice techniques to reduce anxiety and understand where it’s coming from. Pre-registration required.

Not So Happy Endings Support Group
A group for women who are ending relationships and want some support and resources to get through it Please contact Claudia at (517) 896-3311 for more information.

16 Steps to Recovery & Empowerment
A recovery program based on flexibility and openness, using a holistic approach to overcoming addiction that views people in their wholeness – mind, body, and spirit. Based on the work of Charlotte Kasl.

GRANDS Support Group
Are you raising family your second family? This group is designed for people who are raising their grandchildren due to the parents not being able to – for whatever the reason. It is a time for emotional support, sharing of resources and shared experiences navigating the raising of a second family.

Estranged Parents Support Group
For parents who are missing their connection with a child or children. The focus will be on coping strategies, forgiveness, relationship building and acceptance. Meets bi-weekly

Communication for Couples
This six-week therapy group will assist couples in learning how to improve relationships between themselves and their partners. Topics include: improving communication, developing effective problem solving techniques, focusing on the positives in the relationship and development of caring behaviors.

Let’s Talk About Sex
Must be 18 y/o or older to attend. Topics: sexual orientation, sexuality & aging, birth control and family planning, gender identity, reproductive health, healthy relationships and consent, body image, hygiene & health care, sexually transmitted diseases, love and affection, menopause. Topics will be determined by group members.

Balancing Act Book Club
Do you like to socialize with other women in the community? Would you like to learn how others are able to juggle their busy lives and stay sane? We are now offering an exciting new chance for women to share their experiences with others in the community while participating in our Balancing Act Book Club. Come and join our interns Branda and Janet for an enjoyable and entertaining time with other women in the Lansing Area as we share our ideas on balancing life together. We will be reading Candace Cameron’s new memoir, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose. This book is available to rent at the local library, as well as for purchase on iTunes and at local book sellers. Drop by the Women’s Center or call 517-372-9163 to sign up! Book Club will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning on February 4th 2015 11:00am-12:00pm