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November 20, 2013

AAUW to meet at Help-In-Crisis

TAHLEQUAH — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Tahlequah Branch will meet on Friday, Nov. 22 at noon at the Help-In-Crisis office, 205 N. College.

Margaret Cook, executive director, will present the services Help-In-Crisis offers, some of the common misconceptions about victims of domestic violence, and ways individuals or groups in the community can assist the agency in meeting victim’s needs. Attendees may bring their own lunch.

Cook has been with HIC since 1998 in various capacities and stepped in to the directorship position in January 2013 after completing her law degree.

HIC aids victims of domestic violence and their children, rape victims, incest survivors, and potential suicide victims. It offers assistance in Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner, and Sequoyah counties.

These services include: domestic violence shelters, 24-hour crisis hotline, court advocacy, sexual assault services, sexual assault prevention, child abuse prevention counseling, supervised visitation, Positive Choices Batterer’s Intervention program, and a children’s advocacy center.

The Encore Resale Shop, which opened in 2009, sells gently-used donated items. This store provides revenue for HIC programs, as well as sales tax revenue for the community. By volunteering in the store, women in the HIC shelter have the opportunity to learn retail and marketing skills to help them obtain employment once they leave. Women and children in the shelter are given vouchers for the items they need to start a new life.  

Anyone interested in the program or in joining AAUW is invited to attend this meeting. AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Student affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution. Because Northeastern State University is an AAUW College/University partner member, students may receive a free e-student affiliation.

AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

For more information about this program contact AAUW President Peggy Glenn at glennsum@ nsuok.edu. For membership information, contact Membership Vice President Linda West at west@nsuok.edu.

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