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Erin Prochnow, Fargo, Published November 21 2012

Letter: Sincere thanks from the YWCA

October marked Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the YWCA Cass Clay was grateful to be one of 14 local associations selected to participate in the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse campaign. This campaign focused on sparking conversations surrounding domestic violence, while giving participating sites, like the YWCA Cass Clay, the opportunity to raise up to $15,000 for their associations, as well as raise up to $250,000 for the YWCA USA.

The YWCA Cass Clay was one of the smaller associations involved in the campaign, but the Fargo-Moorhead community once again showed its spirit of generosity and support for our mission and the work we do. Together, our community “passed the purse” 3,124 times and raised $31,240; more than any other association in the campaign.

The unfortunate reality is that there are women and children in our community who live in fear every day. In 2011, more than 76 percent of the women and children who came to our shelter did so in order to escape domestic violence. Through the help and advocacy of our community members, women and children are offered a new beginning through the continuum of programs we offer – programs we otherwise might not be able to provide without such strong community assistance.

On behalf of the YWCA Cass Clay and all those served by our programs, I’d like to thank our supportive community for the unwavering commitment to the safety of women and children, today and always.

Prochnow is executive director, YWCA Cass Clay.