YWCA Warns of Fraudulent Donation Solicitor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2008

YWCA Warns of Fraudulent Donation Solicitor

Toledo, Ohio. Officials at the YWCA of Greater Toledo received reports that a woman is stating that she is affiliated with the YWCA and attempting to raise funds on behalf of the agency’s Battered Women’s Shelter. Reports include that she is African-American, between the ages of 30 – 40, wearing a self-created YWCA name badge and standing in front of restaurants and other businesses asking for cash donations. “This person is not affiliated with the YWCA and was not asked to solicit funds on behalf of our agency,” said Lisa McDuffie, CEO.

Volunteers occasionally assist the YWCA to ask for donations for special events and campaign drives. These contributions are made directly to the agency.

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YWCA programs annually serve more than 23,000 individuals in Northwest Ohio.

Battered Women’s Shelter

24-hour, 7-days-a-week crisis shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.

H.O.P.E. Center

24-hour, 7-days-a-week crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault and their families. This program also provides Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E.) training and education, and community education and group counseling.

ENCOREplus

A comprehensive breast cancer early detection program that offers medically underserved women, aged 40 and older, life-saving information and no-cost mammography screening.

HEARTplus

An intensive healthy lifestyle change program for medically underserved women and children featuring a series of lifestyle education and fitness classes.

YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral

Child care resource and referral services for families searching for quality child care as well as training and resources for child care providers.

Youth Development

A comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention program for students in middle school and high school in the Toledo Public Schools system.

Newton Residency for Women

A transitional housing program for homeless women that provides safe and low-cost housing.

Leadership Academy for Women

A leadership program for women who are transitioning to management roles and women who are on the path to higher-level management.

419.241.3235 ywcatoledo.org

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