The Women-In-Need (WIN) interest group organizes support for the women and children of Dunn House, the only domestic violence shelter in Jackson County. Two years ago, we raised enough funds to provide all new bedding for the 12 bedrooms of the shelter. This included linens, blankets, pillows, and mattress pads. During 2013-2014, WIN inaugurated a project to fully supply the kitchen of the shelter with new equipment. At the January AAUW meeting, members were given the opportunity to provide funds for a specific need such as a blender or silverware or just donate to the general fund. The WIN super shoppers found the best deals with the best quality and were able to meet the goals of the project with the $2,800 raised from the membership.
In addition to the annual project, the WIN team hosts a used book sale at the monthly meetings. Popular fiction and nonfiction donations are accepted at all meetings and are necessary to maintain a supply of titles.
This year’s fundraiser for WIN was to purchase a new refrigerator for the shelter. Their current kitchen refrigerator was old and inefficient. The branch was able to raise enough funds to purchase a brand new side-by-side refrigerator. The Executive Director of Dunn House told us that the women come into the kitchen and just stare at it because it’s so beautiful!
We also have an ongoing project to knit and crochet afghans for the women of Dunn House. These are used for birthdays, holiday gifts, or to add warmth to their new homes when they leave the shelter.
In recognition of the numerous contributions by Ashland AAUW over the years, Community Works, the parent organization behind Dunn House, awarded our branch with one of their prestigious Visionary Awards at their black tie fundraiser in Spring 2014.