Domestic Violence Awareness Month is October
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We held two beautiful “Lighting of the Candelarias” events on December 6 (thankfully the rain held off and we had gorgeous clear nights). Our clients, both women and children, plus some volunteers made almost 100 beautifully decorated paper bags with messages of hope, love and support. Each paper bag was then filled with small white rocks and an LED light so it would create a beautiful glowing lantern, or “candelaria” when placed outside.
Our first event was at the Salinas City Center First Friday event. The candelarias were placed at the Center’s Front entrance around the massive Christmas tree and down the steps. They were very popular. We staffed a table inside the center with other non-profits.
Our second event was at the King City Christmas Parade. The Candelarias were placed around the center of the town square in the middle of the area where vendors were selling food. We also had an informational table there.
Every Wednesday from 7p-8p at our Salinas location, the YWCA-MC Volunteers will hold a series of Self Esteem Workshops focused on building self esteem, confidence and community. To register for these YWCA-MC self esteem workshops, click here.