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Men's Resource Center E-Newsletter for August

In This Issue:
1. Wanted: More Men! Fourth Annual Men's Walk to End Abuse
2. MRC Expands Connection with Two More United Way Agencies
3. Help the MRC While You Surf the Net
4. Statewide Massachusetts Men's Conference Held in Worcester
5. Valued Staff Member in New Role at MRC

1. Wanted: More Men! Fourth Annual Men's Walk to End Abuse
The MRC's fourth annual Men's Walk to End Abuse will be held Saturday, October 7 in Northampton, Mass. This moving community event, where men demonstrate their opposition to domestic abuse by walking with banners and signs decrying domestic violence, will feature a rally with speakers and music in downtown Northampton. Men, women, and children are invited to gather for the walk into the center of Northampton, and to take part in the rally to promote men's involvement in working to prevent violence. Organized each year in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, "the walk serves as a valuable opportunity for men to proclaim that domestic violence is indeed a men's issue," said MRC executive director Rob Okun. "In the past we walked for multiple days," Okun said. "By concentrating on a Saturday this year, we hope that more men and families will be able participate." Proceeds from pledges and sponsors support the MRC's batterers' intervention program, and will be shared with five women's organizations in western Massachusetts. This year's goal is 100 people raising $100 each to support domestic violence prevention work. Please mark your calendar and forward this information to any and all who might walk, contribute money or help find more walkers and contributors! For more information on walking, pledging, sponsoring, or just showing up for the rally, please contact Gretchen Craig: 413-253-9887 ext. 16, [email protected].

2. MRC Expands Connection with Two More United Way Agencies
The MRC has long benefited from being a partner agency of the United Way of Hampshire County. Now we are pleased to announce that we are a new partner agency with the United Way of Franklin County (a county in which we have been offering both a support group and batterers' intervention groups for many years). In addition we have been selected by the United Way of the Pioneer Valley (serving Hampden County, Mass.) as a new organization eligible to apply for funds for specific projects in their service area. Not only are these connections rewarding in that they offer new funding sources for programs taking place outside the community where we are headquartered, they are also validating the work being done by the MRC throughout the region and beyond.

3. Help the MRC While You Surf the Net
You may already be aware of www.GoodSearch.com, a Yahoo-powered search engine that makes a charitable donation to an organization whenever you click on an ad that appears with your search results. According to an article in the New York Times, "Each time someone searches, GoodSearch gives half of the advertising revenue that it earns from the search to the person's charity or school of choice. Only some of the people who search actually click on an advertisement and thus generate income for the site, so the company averages only about 2 cents in revenue for each search conducted. By that math, a charity with 1,000 supporters using the site twice a day would generate about $7,300 in total donations annually." So if you're someone who might actually click on an ad associated with your search, we encourage you to use GoodSearch and type in Men's Resource Center for Change. We'll keep you posted on any results.

4. Statewide Massachusetts Men's Conference Held in Worcester
Activists from across Massachusetts who are engaged in men's work to prevent violence gathered in Worcester, Mass. in late July at a statewide conference hosted by the Men's Initiative for Jane Doe, Inc. (MIJD). MIJD is an innovative project operating out of Jane Doe, the coalition of battered women's shelters and sexual assault prevention agencies. The men's program, coordinated by longtime men's work activist and networker extraordinaire, Craig Norberg-Bohm, serves as a clearinghouse for programs and ideas across Massachusetts as well as being a source for information, support and advice. Descriptions of men's efforts across Massachusetts--from marches and walks to newspaper signature campaigns--were augmented by a number of group discussions and brainstorming, including how to deepen the involvement of men in this work. Women allies from a number of key organizations across the commonwealth added an important element to the gathering. For more information about the Men's Initiative for Jane Doe, go to www.mijd.org.

5. Valued Staff Member in New Role at MRC
In June's e-newsletter we announced that long-time staff member Allan Arnaboldi would be moving on from the MRC this summer. While Allan is still in the first stages of training to become a life coach, he has also begun working in a new position as office manager. He is also continuing to facilitate some of the MRC's support groups. The MRC is thrilled to have Allan's quick thinking and organizational skills at our disposal, but more importantly we're happy to have this valuable member of our family still in the fold.

The MRC's work is informed by the voices of men and women working for gender equality and justice and is made possible by the generosity of people like you. Financial support from individuals, businesses, corporations, and private foundations allows us to fulfill our mission of supporting men, challenging men's violence and developing men's leadership in ending oppression. To make an on-line donation, please click here.

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Let us know what you think of this monthly newsletter and how we can best keep you informed about the MRC.
Be well!
Gretchen Craig
Development Coordinator and Editor, MRC E-Newsletter
(413) 253-9887, ext. 16
[email protected]
The mission of the Men's Resource Center for Change is to support men, challenge men's violence, and develop men's leadership in ending oppression in our lives, our families, and our communities. We are a male-positive, profeminist, gay-affirmative, anti-racist social change organization offering a variety of men's programs locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
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