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Women Helping Battered Women’s (WHBW) Board of Directors proudly announces the 9th Annual Run for Empowerment on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. There are events for the whole family, including a 5K Walk/Run, a 10K Run, and a 1K Kids’ fun run! This family-friendly event raises vital funds that support WHBW’s programs that help everyone affected by domestic violence.

This year the honorary host of the Run for Empowerment is Corporal Krystal Wrinn, Domestic Violence Prevention Officer at the Burlington Police Department. Cpl Wrinn will be kicking off the day’s events by starting the kid’s fun run and handing out ribbons to the kids as they cross the finish line.

Prizes, which have been generously donated by local businesses, will be awarded to the top five individual fundraisers. These include a helicopter ride, snowboard, quilt, downtown Burlington shopping spree, and a Williston shopping spree.  The top fundraising team takes home the Cup of Empowerment for one year! Additional items are up for grabs through our raffle.  Free massages, food, and plenty of kid’s activities will also be available.

Register online through Thursday, June 16th at 11:59 pm at . You can also register at Skirack on Main St. in Burlington on Friday from 11-7 pm and at Waterfront Park on the day of the Run between 8-9 am.

Contact Janice Santiago at or 802-658-3131 x1068.

Women Helping Battered Women is the largest service provider for domestic abuse victims in Vermont. Serving all of Chittenden County, we believe that all adults and children have the right to live without fear of abuse – sexual, physical, emotional, or financial.


Volunteer Spotlight: Alicia

by WHBW on May 21, 2016


We interviewed one of our incredible volunteers, Alicia, about her involvement with Women Helping Battered Women:

Q: Tell us a little about yourself!

A: Hi there! I’m a student in my third-year here at the University of Vermont working on my Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. On campus, I’m involved with civic engagement organizations such as Alpha Phi Omega and Alternative Spring Break. I also am involved with the Coalition of Students Against Sexual Violence. Off campus, I work as a caregiver for families in the community and in an assisted-living facility. In my spare time, I like to make bad puns, play with dogs, and hike around the area.


Q: How did you first get involved with WHBW?

A: I first learned of the organization a few years back when I volunteered for the Phone-A-Thon. As a student, I felt disconnected from the larger Burlington community. Learning about this organization in particular opened my interest toward initiating engagement with the people and systems outside of my immediate (UVM-based) reach. I recall receiving supports from organizations similar to WHBW as a child, so the organization’s philosophy as a whole really hits home for me.


Q: How did you decide to organize a tampon and pad drive for WHBW?

A:  I read an article about this issue on a national level sometime last year. It really impacted me in noticing that I had never thought about the interaction between home insecurity and menstruation. I spoke about this with a few friends and I found that the topic stimulates this resounding “A-ha!” moment. People know that tampons/pads are expensive. People know how grueling it is when you run out of supplies during a cycle. People know that there is still shame associated with menstruation. So, when people can connect all of these elements with the intersection of being a uterus-owner without a stable living environment, they understand.


Q: What surprised you most about the tampon and pad drive?

A:  I was most surprised at how rapid the response was. I think there were only a few days between the initial “Hey, who’s interested?” Facebook post and seeing multiple boxes of donations come in at our desk. People began to talk about the issue and ask about how to get connected with Women Helping Battered Women. The amount of compassion and urgency folks exuded over supporting donations was so inspiring for me.  I often tell people that student leadership, more than anything else, has taught me how to handle rejection. With the pad and tampon drive, it reminded me of how passionate and dedicated the people in our community are.


Q: How many tampons and pads did you end up receiving?

A:  Sooo many! The total number was 4,290 individually wrapped pads and tampons. People donated all levels of absorbency strengths and sizes. Donations came in small single-packs as well as Costco-sized boxes!


As a side note, I want to thank you all for providing such strong supports to the Burlington community. Keep up the amazing work!


Have you heard about #VTGives on June 7th?

May 19, 2016

#VTGives is an all day state-wide giving day to encourage Vermonters to give back to local non-profits! Women Helping Battered Women is excited to take part in the inaugural year of #VTGives. Common Good Vermont has helped to organize this great one-day event. Stay tuned to our Facebook & Twitter for updates on our fundraising goals and more! Prizes will be prizes awarded […]

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We’re getting a new name & logo!

April 4, 2016

RSVP Today What’s in a name? Women Helping Battered Women – What does that name mean to you? Some may think the agency only serves women, is staffed only by women and that our services are only for people who have been physically abused. WHBW has been serving Chittenden County since 1974. Since then, the […]

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Jessica’s Story

March 31, 2016

The following is a powerful story from a survivor of domestic violence. She shared her  story at WHBW’s 8th Annual Zumbathon® on March 18, 2016.   “I’m so excited to be here today representing an organization so near and dear to my heart! Two years ago today, March 19th, my life and the lives of my two sons […]

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Thank you for another great Zumbathon®!

March 15, 2016

The 8th Annual Women Helping Battered Women Zumbathon® “CELEBR-8″ was a huge success. In donations alone by participants, over $23,000 was raised. The heart, love, spirit, and joy of Zumba® brought our community together in a big way to raise funds for WHBW’s services and programs. WHBW would like to thank each of the ZumbaVT […]

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“Safety and peace of mind” 2016 Phone-a-thon

March 1, 2016

Volunteers will be calling again on March 14th & 15th from 5:30-8pm! This year volunteers will be raising money to match a Vermont State grant of $3,750 through the Department of Buildings and General Services. If they don’t raise $3,750, we won’t receive the grant! The grant will fund vital upgrades at our Emergency Shelter. Women […]

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In-person response at the Emergency Department

February 8, 2016

Our hope with this service is to break down the fear and barrier of making that phone call and explain our services to the survivor right away and get them connected to programs more rapidly if they choose. How it Works: If a survivor of domestic violence is at the University of Vermont Emergency Department […]

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 8, 2016

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)! TDVAM is a national effort to raise awareness of dating violence among teens and youth adults. Nationally, 1 in 3 youth experience dating violence from a current or former dating partner. With youth experiencing violence at a higher rate than adults, it is important to take this […]

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January’s Training is FULL!

January 21, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us for volunteer opportunities and to attend the January New Volunteer, Intern, & Staff Training. We have had an overwhelming response to our calls to action and requests for volunteers. The work we do is vital and changes lives. We know we can’t end domestic violence on […]

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