Five Charities that Empower NYC Women
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM | Jessica Breen
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Five unique missions, one common goal: to support women in feeling healthy and powerful. Like many nonprofits, these organizations produce significant results with limited funding, and they depend on do-gooders like you to keep their services sharp and flowing -- so choose your favorite, and get involved!

 You Can Thrive! (

You Can Thrive! empowers breast cancer survivors through education, peer support and advocacy. At the foundation’s Integrative Survivorship Center, clients are offered exercise and meditation courses, educational seminars, personalized nutritional guidance, acupuncture, massage and other therapies to reduce physical and emotional symptoms. All services are free or low-cost, as part of the founder’s mission to remove socioeconomic barriers to quality care. The foundation is entirely volunteer-run and has opportunities for every skill set, including wellness practitioners who can donate their services.

Women in Need (

Did you know that 80% of the homeless in NYC are women and children? Since 1983, Women in Need has empowered our city’s homeless women and their families to become self-reliant through safe housing, education, career guidance and childcare support. The organization provides training in job readiness, financial literacy and public benefits navigation, and offers physical and mental health support to victims of domestic violence and those dealing with substance abuse. In addition, WIN provides critical childcare services, without which many women could not attend job interviews, search for permanent housing, or go to work. WIN has volunteer opportunities for every skill and interest, including leading children’s activities and teaching workshops. 

Unleashed (

Middle school girls are at high risk for low self-esteem and self-destructive behaviors. Unleashed is a unique after school program that empowers middle school girls to be social change agents through dog rescue. Girls develop problem solving, critical thinking and advocacy skills, gaining confidence in their ability to lead and make a difference.  In addition, Unleashed finds loving homes for dogs who would otherwise be euthanized. To bring the Unleashed program to your school or community,donate or volunteer


New York Asian Women’s Center (

Human trafficking and modern slavery affect a disproportionate number of Asian women, while 40-60% of the same group experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The New York Asian Women’s Center empowers women to govern their own lives and overcome the effects of abuse through multilingual, culturally sensitive support programs and shelter services. In addition, the Center works to raise public awareness about violence against women and advocates for the rights of survivors. NYAWC depends heavily on volunteers and encourages you to attend the next volunteer orientation on April 7th. In the meantime, check out their website

Project Girl Performance Collective (

Project Girl Performance Collective “creates a fearless space for girls to write and perform their own creative works.” The Collective engages young women ages 8-21 through a series of theater exercises, writing prompts, readings and discussions, culminating in a theatrical production. Performances raise awareness of women’s issues including identity, body image and global crises such as violence against women, forced child marriage and sex trafficking. The Collective’s critically-acclaimed, often sold-out shows have included performances at the New York International Fringe Festival, the United Nations, and TEDxWomen. A donation of $50 secures three hours of rehearsal space for the girls, or better yet,  donate the space! Visit their website to learn more.

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