Music on the Water & the WCA
June has arrived and it feels as though summer is here in earnest. It’s tough to beat summertime in Idaho. With a plethora of camping, hiking, fishing, rafting, and swimming, you never seem to run out of things to do. And if the outdoors aren’t really your thing, there’s tons of local events to keep you occupied all summer long. At Name Brand Promotions, we might be most excited about Music On The Water, a summer concert series taking place in Esther Simplot Park. We are one of many local businesses proudly sponsoring the event, and we did a whole blog post about it here. Suffice to say, it’s going to be a blast. And the only thing better than having a ton of fun is when it benefits a fantastic cause. All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA).
Providing safe places for women to live has been at the core of this organization’s mission for over 100 years. The WCA started in 1910 as the Boise YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association). It was established to provide a safe place for young single women to live, eat, and socialize. In addition to room, board, and other basic services, the YWCA offered classes, camps, and community service opportunities to Boise women for decades.
In the early 1980s, the YWCA began transforming into the organization that exists today. During this time, the Rape Crisis Alliance and domestic violence Crisis Center were established to continue embodying the mission to provide a safe place for women in new ways. In 1996, they officially became the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
The WCA offers several crucial resources including safe shelter, counseling, court advocacy, case management and two 24-hr. crisis hotlines all at no cost to the individuals who need them. In 2016 alone they assisted with 849 of the 982 civil protection order applications filed in Ada County, provided shelter for 152 women and children and administered 2,862 counseling sessions to hundreds of adults and children.
Despite their name, the WCA does provide services to men who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; 1 in 7 men have been a victim of intimate partner violence and 1 in 71 men have been a victim of a rape in their lifetime.
Music On The Water hopes to raise enough money to help out this amazing organization in a big way. Here’s what WCA Executive Director Bea Black has to say about the event:
“The generosity of community leaders is what has resulted in the creation of the fabulous parks we are all able to enjoy – with the Esther Simplot park becoming the latest jewel in our crown of parks. The WCA is able to support community members who are in need of our services also thanks to this same spirit of generosity found in our community. This is what compassion accomplishes and why we are so grateful for this new event designed to help sustain our work! The money raised from Music on the Water will go to support our shelter residents and our wrap around services – $120 per day for a woman and her children (please see attached info). We will need all the help we can get to sustain this service.”
If you would like to learn more about the WCA, you can visit their website by clicking here.
To donate to the WCA directly, please follow this link. You can also drop off things like clothing, household items, or toys to their store, The Shop, every Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Read more on The Shop here.
You can learn more about Music on the Water by visiting their website. VIP packages go on sale soon! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing event.