Join The GoodGuys And Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence

 

GOODGUYS

A growing movement of men in Spokane working to prevent domestic violence.  
Recipients of Shining Star Award for Good Guys Efforts

Co-founders and long-time YWCA supporters, Doug Kelley of Avista and Manny Hochheimer of Numerica Credit Union, joined together with YWCA to create a collaborative effort of support called the GoodGuys.

“Our Good Guys group started with an idea in 2015, when I was challenged to put together a men’s table for the YWCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Women of Achievement awards luncheon,” says Kelley. “As I learned more about how domestic violence is impacting our community and the critical work of YWCA Spokane, I knew we had to do more.”

“We want the community to know that the region recognizes and supports YWCA Spokane’s efforts to end domestic violence”, expresses Hochheimer. “It was a powerful show of support for a detrimental issue in our community. We invite men to join the GoodGuys and make a clear, strong, public statement that domestic violence is not ok and will not be accepted.”

“The proof is in the statistics,” states Kelley. “This is a community epidemic; 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in Spokane will be impacted by domestic violence. We can no longer be silent about this prevalent issue. This is not a women’s issue, but a community issue. Something that we must all work together to bring an end to.”

GoodGuys Receive YWCA Spokane’s Shining Star Award

Due to successfully achieving their goal of filling 10 tables with GoodGuys at YWCA’s 2016 luncheon, Kelley and Hochheimer were awarded YWCA’s 2017 Shining Star Award. This prestigious annual acknowledgment was given by YWCA staff members who recognized the importance of the GoodGuys’ impact on domestic violence in Spokane.


Thank you to THE GOODGUYS for hosting Renowned Speaker, Jackson Katz

“It is anti-male to not be doing this work.”- Dr. Jackson Katz

Many thanks to the GoodGuys for hosting “What Does it Mean to be a Strong Man?: Exploring Men’s Leadership in Preventing Violence Against Women” at Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center on Feb 11th. Jackson Katz explored the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. Katz is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race, and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. We are thankful to our GoodGuys, especially co-chairs Doug Kelley and Manny Hochheimer, for bringing such an incredible leader to Spokane!

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CONTACT US

If you would like to learn more about the GoodGuys movement, contact Manny Hochheimer at 509-462-6294 | mhochheimer@numericacu.com, Doug Kelley at 509-495-4925 | doug.kelley@avistacorp.com, or Dana Morris Lee at 509-789-9304 | danam@ywcaspokane.org

One-in-three women and one-in-foyr men in Spokane are affected by domestic violence. The GOODGUYS believe domestic violence is a community issue that requires a community effort. It will take a commitment from ALL of us to make a difference.  


Goodguys women of achievement awards 2019 table captains

As a Table Captain, you are helping to create lasting change in the lives of the women and children who seek our services when impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Our GoodGuys’ presence at these awards is incredibly meaningful to the community and to our agency; we hope you serve as a Table Captain with them!

Being a Table Captain is a rewarding way to give back to your community, and can be as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Sign up as a Table Captain: Register here or email Table Captain chair, Erica Hallock, at tablecaptain@ywcaspokane.org to sign up as a Table Captain for YWCA’s 36th luncheon held at the Davenport Grand Hotel on Thursday October 4th, 2018.
  2. Invite your friends/co-workers: Invite 9-10 friends/coworkers in your network to join you at this year’s awards celebration. Let them know their attendance provides crucial support for YWCA’s programs and services. Additional resource to support your success will be provided below as we move closer to the event.
  3. Have your guests register online: Direct each of your guests to our online registration form with a request to provide your name as their Table Captain. This will ensure your guests sit at the same table with you. If possible, share verbal commitments with the Table Captain Chair at tablecaptain@ywcaspokane.org to help us prepare for a successful event.

GoodGuys WoA Table Captain Registration

GOODGUYS WEAR PURPLE

As a part of domestic violence awareness, supporters of the movement wear purple as a visual stand against domestic violence. Why purple? In the United States military, the Purple Heart is presented to those who have been wounded while serving. For survivors of domestic violence, who may also be wounded both physically and emotionally, the color is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending violence. 

Each October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (now Action Month) is celebrated. It was first observed in 1981 as a national day of unity. It was established by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to ensure that victims know help is out there and that they are not alone.

 Go purple in October

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Nearly 75 percent of Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. In Washington State, the fatality report now shows 68 domestic violence-related deaths in 2015.  We must bring greater awareness to this problem and eliminate the stigma that dissuades victims from seeking assistance.

We look forward to growing this community of Spokane men who will no longer stand for domestic violence. Share the GoodGuys movement with your friends, co-workers, and family and help us end domestic violence!


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