Who: For more than four decades, women, men and children of all ages have turned to the Women’s Resource Center when they need help the most. The Scranton-based organization has provided a wide range of services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties. Those services include emergency shelters, safe housing, legal and support services, a crisis hotline, crisis counseling, community education and advocacy. The WRC has confidential locations, and people in need can call its hotline at 570-346-4671.
What/why: The WRC needs toiletries for the women it serves, especially shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, bars of soap, toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes. It asks for full-sized items rather than travel-sized ones.
“We provide everything needed to our survivors,” said Amy Everetts, WRC’s director of development. “We do have program participants who are leaving a dangerous situation and don’t have time to grab anything or may not have any money when they leave. We want to make sure they have everything they may need.”
How: The public also can give monetary donations to the WRC’s Restoring Hope Campaign by visiting wrcnepa.org or mailing a check to the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 975, Scranton, PA 18501; write “Restoring Hope” on the memo line.
Additionally, the WRC will hold its annual golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 24, at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. Registration runs from 9 to 10 a.m., at which time the tournament will begin. It has a captain-and-crew format; visit wrcnepa.org to register.
In her own words: “Last year alone, WRC served over 2,000 program participants in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties. We need the community’s support to provide our free and confidential services to our program participants in their time of need. Everyone deserves to live a life free of violence.” — Amy Everetts, WRC director of development
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest