Finding Community in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

by Evan Britt
YWCA of the City of New York

Evan Britt

Community.

A word commonly defined as a group of people living together in one place, especially one practicing common ownership. The word community often carries deeper meaning, though. For me, a community is a group of people helping each other.

It is this sense of the word community that I have experienced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Over the past two weeks, the YWCA of the City of New York, much like the rest of New York City, has dealt with a number of challenges as a result of the storm. With our staff displaced from our headquarters in the Financial District, many of us displaced from our homes, no YW email or phone access, and a general sense of chaos, the simple solution was to sit back and wait.

But that’s not how the YW responded. Despite these trying times, we rallied together. Communicating through social media, Gmail, and our personal cell phones, our staff came together to form a plan to provide relief to the families in Coney Island who were heavily impacted by Sandy. It was in this moment that we came together, not as co-workers, but as a community.

When Domestic Violence Happens, You Don’t Have a Place to Go Home

by Erin Murphy
YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Firesteel (a collabrative partnership of eight YWCAs across Washington State) is exploring the connections between domestic violence and family homelessness. Domestic violence creates an unstable environment. Without a sense of stability and safety, you can lose your sense of home. The picture below is one of three images we created as part of our Facebook domestic violence awareness campaign.

 

With domestic violence, you don't have a place to go home to.