Help Close the Gap in Our Budget!

Dear Friend,
Since the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing opened its doors in 2005, we have remained the only nonprofit organization in the Lansing area that provides essential services to enable women to be successful. Our mission is to guide, empower, and heal women.

What makes us unique is HOW we do what we do. All of our services are offered on a one-to-one basis. We start where the person is when she walks in the door, and go from there. No assuming. No judgment of where she should be in her life. No one is turned away, even those that can’t pay.

“I had a heart attack in December, and open heart surgery in February. The bills were coming in fast and furiously and I was in desperate need of employment that fit my physical limitations. I went to your center to job search and your staff were so helpful. I applied for a job…and completed my first day of training this Wednesday! Thank you so much for your support. It is greatly appreciated.” — RM, a WCGL client

We are an organization with a really, really big heart. In an ideal world, this big heart would take us to extraordinary places, enabling us to help all of those who need it. But this isn’t an ideal world, and what we have in heart, we lack in resources. The demand far outweighs our supply.

We are extremely grateful for our donors who contribute supplies year after year, but this year, we are specifically seeking cash donations. For our current fiscal year, our operating expenses have been $147,900 and our revenue, which comes to us primarily in the form of donations, has been $29,103. Our operating income has not been this slim in a long time and we are dangerously close to running out of operating funds. To close this gap, we are seeking cash donations so we can remain open and providing services.

Please consider a donation of $100 or more by June 15th so that we can pay the mortgage, keep the lights on, pay our one and a half staff members and continue to serve the women of our community.
Your donation will help us provide these fundamental services for our clients:
• Employment. We uncover potential, help with resumes, job search tools, interview skills, and training.
• Computer lab. Reserved for job seekers with up-to-date software so they develop competitive skills.
• Essential resources. Our professional clothes closet offers confidence boosting clothing and accessories; our personal care and feminine hygiene closet provides women with hard-to-afford daily products and wigs to the women who are undergoing cancer treatment.
• Counseling. Our team of counselors help women cope with unemployment, loss, anxiety, divorce, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, cancer and other soul-crushing traumas.
• Support groups. We cover a variety of topics such as: Healthy Relationships and Domestic Violence, Disability, Cars 101, Empowerment, Financial Independence, Caregiver Support, Learning To Let Go, Work Your Image, Healthy Communication, Anxiety and much more.
• Safety. We help women get out of abusive relationships safely.

Anyone’s life can change in an instant. Where would you go for help if you didn’t have a support network of your own?
Be a hero, save a life! By donating $100 or more, you can make all the difference in helping us to remain open and continue our efforts to help women find safe housing, provide for their children, and really start to live again, and not just survive!
Thank you for your consideration!
With Gratitude,

Amy Zander, Board Member
P.S. I joined the Women’s Center board this year because I know how quickly a woman’s life circumstances can change and that we all need help at some point in our lives. I needed help once, and now I can be that help.
I’d like to know, why do you give? Share your story by emailing us at womenscentergl@gmail.com.

Donate now to help the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing focus on what we really need to do—help women move from surviving to thriving.
There are two ways to donate.
1. Visit our website at www.womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org and click on DONATE NOW button.
2. Or, using the form below, mail a donation to: The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, 1712 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912

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With the belief that everyone who is committed to becoming part of the workforce deserves a placement that will utilize their unique talents; this group will focus on perfecting our best characteristics and skills while seeking appropriate long-term employment.

Activities will include; skills & interests assessments, resume & cover letter building, interviewing role-play, and interpersonal skills development.

9 week intensive group and individual sessions starting May 25, 2016.

Group sessions are on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Individual sessions are required and times are based on client availability.

Call us at the Women’s Center to Sign up!

Bowl To Benefit June 12, 2016 City Limits Bowling Center in Mason

Join us for a night of fun and fundraising! On Sunday, June 12, help benefit the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing at an even that the whole family can enjoy!
There will be contests and prizes for best costumes, best team theme, highest score and lowest score! Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child. Teams of four are preferred!
Call the Women’s Center at 517-372-9163 to book your team’s spot!
Register by June 5th to reserve your spot!

Swing Into Spring Swing Dance April 23!

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Spend a very special evening with your favorite guy or gal swinging and swaying to the delightful sounds of the big band era featuring the Twilight Memories Big Band. Under the direction of Randall Roost, this 14 piece orchestra has performed all over the mid- Michigan area and is recognized as one of the premiere big bands in Lansing.

The band plays the swing favorites from the 30’s and 40’s as well as more contemporary arrangements of some of your favorite easy listening artists and features the beautiful vocal stylings of Vickie St John. From Latin, to swing, to polkas to waltzes, the band offers something for almost every style of dance. So whether you are ready to put on your dancing shoes or just sit back, relax and enjoy some really great music, join us on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 at the Allen Market Place in the Allen Neighborhood Center at the corner of Shepard and Kalamazoo Streets in Lansing.

Tickets are $25/single or $40/pair and are available on the Women’s Center website: www.womenscenterofgreaterlansing.org
7:00 – 7:45pm Swing Dance Lessons
8:00 – 10:00 pm Swing Dancing

For more information please contact the Women’s Center at 517.372.9163 or womenscentergl@gmail.com
This event is a fundraiser for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing

Donate To Help Us Continue Saving Women’s Lives

 

Our goal in the next 11 DAYS is to raise at least $5,000 so that we can establish ourselves as a permanent campaign with global giving logo

 

The mission of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is to guide, empower, and heal women. Please donate any amount to help us reach our goal.

Since the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing opened its doors in 2005, we have remained the ONLY nonprofit organization in the Lansing area that provides these essential services to enable women to be successful.

What makes us unique is HOW we do what we do.

All of our services are offered on a one-to-one basis. We start where the person is when she walks in the door, and go from there. No assuming. No judgement of where she should be in her life. NO ONE is turned away based on inability to pay.

This is why we need YOU!

Our fundraising campaign must go through a trial-run in order for us to secure a stabilized space on their website. We launch on March 14th and we have 11 days to raise $5,000 from 40 different donors. This is where YOU come in.

Global Giving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits. It is a powerful community that connects donors with causes they care about.

Your donation will help us provide the following help to our clients:

  • Employment. We uncover potential and help with resumes, job search navigation tools, interview skills, negotiations, and training.
  • Computer lab. Reserved for job seekers with the most up to date software. We train women to use computer programs that are necessary to be successful in today’s competitive job market.
  • Essential resources. Our clothes closet offers head-to-toe professional clothing and accessories to give women the confidence to set themselves up for success. Our personal care and feminine hygiene closet provides women with daily products that are often hard to afford.
  • Counseling. We have an amazing team of counselors who help women cope with unemployment, loss, anxiety, divorce, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and other soul-crushing traumas.
  • Support groups. We cover a variety of topics such as: Healthy Relationships and Domestic Violence, Disability, Cars 101, Empowerment, Financial Independence, Caregiver Support, Learning To Let Go, Work Your Image, Healthy Communication, Anxiety and much more.
  • Safety. We help women get out of abusive relationships safely.
  • One of a kind. We provide resources in a way that cannot be found anywhere else.
  • We save lives.

We Depend on our DonorsHealing Hands

While so much work has been done, we are nowhere close to being finished. We are an organization with a really, really big heart. In an ideal world, this big heart would take us to extraordinary places, enabling us to help all of those who need it. But this isn’t an ideal world, and what we have in heart, we lack in resources. We don’t have the money to provide continuous supplies, salaries, and other products that the women we serve need. The demand far outweighs our supply.

With the help of Global Giving, we have the opportunity to take one step closer to our ideal world.

Give what you can.

Maybe it’s $10, maybe it’s $500. Every penny counts. Whether you are in a position where you are able to give or not, you can all help in one simple way: share our story. Share our posts about Global Giving. Share how the WCGL has helped you or someone you know.

We have a goal of raising $50,000. Help us get there by supporting us through this first phase of fundraising. We need your support, your voice, and your heart.

Go to Global Giving to DONATE NOW.

Join us for a 5k run, walk, roll on Sunday, June 3, 2012