I don’t know much about politics, so I tend to stay away from writing about it. But, there is one thing that I’m very passionate about, and that is women’s rights and empowerment. I think that these issue transcend political parties and play such a huge role in our community. So, I wrote a guide for taking action on women’s causes in Sacramento News and Review, and I would like to elaborate on that some more here.
While the guide was focused on the Sacramento area, there are so many different nonprofits, businesses and groups that have given so much to these causes, and deserve all the support that you can give. I will update this guide as much as possible, and will try to make it as diverse as I can.
- Women’s Empowerment – Their mission is to “educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle and regain a home for themselves and their children.” Help by volunteering, donating, hosting an event, hiring a graduate and more.http://www.womens-empowerment.org
- Women’s Wisdom Art – This creative organization is comprised of women artists who use art as a way to better and empower their own lives and the lives of their community members. Volunteer as a class assistant, donate art supplies, attend art shows and purchase the art, and much more. http://womenswisdomart.org/.
- Wellspring Women’s Center – Recently, this nonprofit was mentioned across social media channels as citizens and local businesses were collecting donations of dry cereal and feminine hygiene products to this drop-in center for women and children, which provides a nutritious breakfast and provides social services. They accept both online and in-person donations and also welcome volunteers. http://www.wellspringwomen.org/
- St. John’s Charity for Real Change – St. John’s helps women who are homeless, living in poverty or are in an abusive relationship. They offer shelter, food, readiness for employment and self-sustainability. Donate, volunteer, host an event or visit Plates Midtown, a chapter of St. John’s, to eat or to have an event catered. http://saintjohnsprogram.org/ and http://plates2go.org/
- My Sister’s House and My Sister’s Cafe – This organization offers resources and assistance for Asian and Pacific Islander women and children who are escaping domestic violence or human trafficking. Donate, volunteer or visit at My Sister’s Cafe on 455 Capitol Mall, Ste. 110, a program of My Sister’s House. http://www.my-sisters-house.org/ and http://www.mysisterscafe.org
Local Small Businesses
- Ana Apple – Quirky apparel for infants and children. Also home to The Greenhouse – a children’s creative space. Although the storefront for Ana Apple has closed, the Greenhouse is still functioning. Founder Ana Manzano donates $1 from each workshop to Sacramento children’s nonprofits and works with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, Mustard Seed School and more. The Greenhouse is also host to The Henhouse Mamas, a meetup for local moms. https://www.anaapple.com/
- Coffee & Crumbs – “A collaborative blog about motherhood.” There is an online store linked with the blog that is also a collaborative effort. The Coffee & Crumbs Care Collective has been set up to help mothers and children across the globe. https://www.coffeeandcrumbs.net/
- Uptown Studios – A creative design studio that focuses on web design, graphic design, branding and marketing, and more. Their slogan is “design for social change” and they recently hosted a Second Saturday fundraiser for Women Wisdom Arts. https://uptownstudios.net/
- Oak Park Brewery – Not only do they serve great beer, Oak Park Brewery has hosted several fundraisers benefitting local organizations and causes. In September, they hosted a benefit for the Community Against Sexual Harm. http://www.opbrewco.com/
- Compliment – Inspiring jewelry and home decor. Melissa Camilleri Anicich started this company when she was working as a teacher and has since taken it on as her full-time career. She donates 5% from every purchase to her Compliment Scholarship Program to help #smartgirls in need. https://www.shopcompliment.com/
- Pigment and Parchment – Sacramento artist Rosaura Unangst creates gorgeous wedding invitation suites that are totally cusotmizable for each couple. She also holds local workshops for creative lettering and more, and has used her voice (and wallet) to make a stand for local causes, donating funds from her business to support Planned Parenthood and other organizations. She recently held a donation drive for the Wellspring Women’s Center and has created beautiful posters in the spirit of the march in Sacramento. http://pigmentandparchment.com/
“Back when I was teaching full-time, I saw first-hand the opportunity gap that many of our local students face, despite their potential for success…Compliment started as a fundraiser to serve my own students. It’s grown now and has helped 11 girls from our greater Sacramento region be able to afford college. My dream is to be able to support the deserving young men and women in our community in a greater way, covering full tuition expenses, hopefully making college a reality for more kids in our community.” – Melissa Camilleri Ancich, founder of Compliment
- Women’s March on Sacramento – A sister of Women’s March on Washington D.C. and many other cities, the mission of this march is to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” http://www.womensmarchsac.com Jan 21, 10am – 5pm at California State Building, 1315 10th St, Sacramento 95814
- Celebrate Choice – Organized by the Women’s Health Specialists, this fundraiser is an annual celebration of the Roe v Wade decision. There will be music, food, feminist friends and cocktails. https://www.womenshealthspecialists.org Jan 25, 5:30 – 7:30pm at Women’s Health Specialists, 1442 Ethan Way #100, Sacramento 95825
- Indivisible – A night of protest songs, speakers, and information about how to resist the Trump agenda. Featuring Kevin Seconds, Jonah Matranga, Dinorah Klinger and Jeanine Howell. https://www.facebook.com/events/1789362641316584/ Feb 12, 6-10pm at Jerry Perry Presents, 2708 J St, Sacramento 95816
- Annual Human Trafficking Conference – Hosted by My Sister’s House “to increase knowledge and awareness of, and response to, labor and sex trafficking in the Greater Sacramento area.” http://www.my-sisters-house.org/ Feb 24, 9am – 2pm at California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St, Sacramento 95819
- Loving La Vida Local – A fundraiser for The Nest Family Resources that features local food and music. http://www.thenestnevadacity.com March 4, 6 – 9pm at The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St, Nevada City 95959