2011 Year-end Spotlight

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2011 was a busy year for TWB as we worked hard to refine and implement our mission of working to provide service and empower girls and women. Despite being impacted by a struggling economy, TWB achieved much in 2011. This year’s highlights include our Guatemalan Craftsfair/Bake Sale which raised over $1000, our participation in SF PRIDE, our staff and volunteer appreciation events, and our annual Celebration of Craftswomen. In addition to these major events, we have also accomplished much by way of our many programs. Here are some high points:

  • Recruited more than 30 new volunteers for the VITA Tax Program in 2012 which will help to maintain and exceed our past tax return numbers in this new year.
  • Assisted 620 low-incomeclients through the 2011 VITA Tax program, helping them claim $528,920 in refunds.
  • Technology Lab upgrade, which improved the software, adding three new public computers and hiring a Community Technology Facilitator who will develop a community technology and digital literacy program for us in the first half of 2012. Thanks to Craig Newmark (http://craigconnects.org) and TAGGED (http://www.tagged.com).
  • Started a new program – Public Benefits Screenings (Thursdays 1-5). By partnering with the Food Bank and the SF Health Plan’s Healthy Kids program, people can sign up for appointments to see if they qualify for CalFresh, CalWorks, and health insurance for their kids regardless of immigration status. This program is in its infancy but has screened 20 people so far. Like all programs it is bilingual.
  • Our Job Search program attended to over 565 appointments (over 65% attended by women) this year and created over 150 resumes. We also had the assistance (and contributed to the professional development of) over 14 volunteers in the Job Search/Community Resource Room program alone, not to mention those volunteers to assist the Food Pantry.
  • Our Legal Aid program for both Immigration and General law saw over 80 people this year giving free and low cost advice for which there is a huge need in our community. TWB is one of the few places in SF you can walk in and see a lawyer quickly and with such a low cost.
  • 30 people were served by our ESL classes, where we partnered with Mujeres Unidas y Activas to help women gain the language skills they need to advocate for themselves.
  • In partnering with CAMINOS, we served 15 people in 2 Spanish language computer skills workshops offered via their mobile lab. We look forward to facilitating more digital inclusion in the new year.
  • Our computer lab had 3000 sign-ins, illustrating how important it is in the community. Users looked for jobs, apartments, planned community events (drum circles, singing goups, etc.), communicated with their children’s schools, signed up for mobile banking and checked in with relatives across the globe, and more!
  • TWB is also excited to become part of the San Francisco Family Support Network (http://sffsn.org/) this year. Not only will this lead to professional development for our staff, but we are also learning to make TWB a more welcoming and supportive environment for women and their families. The CRR has stickers to give child visitors and books and drawing supplies to keep them entertained.
  • Our free Yoga and Zumba classes have given over 50 women the access to high quality facilitation of personal wellness.
  • Our food pantry averaged 130 families served each week in 2011.

As you can see, 2011 has been a productive year for us and we are expecting much of the same for 2012! We would like to thank all of our staff, volunteers, friends, and those who have supported us in any way throughout 2011. We hope that you will continue to support TWB because without you, our work would not be possible!

Wishing all a happy, healthy, and fruitful New Year!

The Women’s Building

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