I am a member of the Baton Rouge Bead Society. Our yearly philanthropic project is to make necklaces for the local area's battered women's shelters for Christmas gifts. We also make origami boxes out of wall paper samples to put them in. I live in Denham Springs, Louisiana, where Women Outreaching Women, Inc. (WOW) is located. I was asked to deliver the necklaces to their office. While there, I decided to volunteer. That was in 2004 and now I am the president of the Board of Directors.
This cause has really touched my heart. One woman's vision started this 501-3c organization in 2003. We do what we can to help any woman in need with emergency shelter, a 24-hr Crisis hotline and many other services. There are only three people on staff yet with budget cuts, etc., they keep going. They keep going. WOW must rely on the community volunteers a lot and sometimes things get stretched thin. I have personally donated jewelry as gifts for some of the residents. I made a special amethyst necklace as a door prize for the WOW Mayor's luncheon. The color purple represents domestic violence.