In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic shutdown, the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) is asking its supporters to give to two organizations, both of which the club has had a long-standing relationship with: The Second Step and Family Promise MetroWest (FPMW).
The Second Step works with those who have experienced domestic violence to provide safety and stability. Family Promise MetroWest works with homeless families with children to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support. Both organizations need financial help to continue their work supporting those most vulnerable during this challenging time.
“We had to postpone the 2020 Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour, but we’re asking fans of this event to consider giving to these organizations. They are on the front lines helping those most vulnerable during this quarantine and the resulting economic downturn. We have to act now so they can keep doing the amazing work they’ve been doing,” said Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club President Emily Nardone.
The Second Step is a community of survivors, advocates, and volunteers who foster the safety, stability, and well-being of those who have experienced domestic violence. Survivors are experiencing not only increased risk of abuse, but also increased isolation and difficulty escaping danger. Second Step has been adapting their services in response to the current situation and are working closely with survivors to identify essential needs, connect them with resources, and provide support. For more about how they are adapting services to meet survivors' current needs, and to donate, visit www.thesecondstep.org/covid-19- update/. They have set up the Survivors Emergency Fund to help respond to the increased needs.
The mission of FPMW is to transform the lives of families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support. Due to COVID-19 they’ve had to adapt their usual method of sheltering families, which is costing more money. The families they service are also facing new unemployment. To donate, visit www.familypromisemetrowest.salsalabs.org/donate/index.html.