2009 Causes

Giving back to the community is the main goal of the BWFC.

Each year, Business Women of Fayette and Coweta choose very important causes within the local community to focus their combined efforts on.

In 2009, our inaugural year, BWFC chose Domestic Violence and Cancer as their primary focus.

  • Domestic Violence begins in the home. It comes in the form of physical, sexual, or psychological abuse. A woman is abused every 9-15 seconds. Three fourths of domestic violence victims surveyed had one or more children under the age of 18 years of age. 26% of murdered women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends. 30% of women in emergency rooms are there because of injuries from abuse. Medical expenses caused by domestic violence in the U.S. totals between 3-5 billion dollars annually. Children are present during 80% of the assaults against their mother. These children are the silent victims. Education will stop the violence.Community Welcome House is a safe haven for women and children who are escaping domestic violence. It is a member of Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence. CWH serves as an emergency and as a transitional facility. At the time of intake an individual plan is developed to assist each resident in achieving their goals. Their ultimate goal will be to develop the skills necessary to move into a home of their own at the end of the program. That process may include job training, GED, life-skills, financial planning, education, counseling, and links to community services, parenting classes, and aid in finding a home. The residents are required to abide by “House Rules” during their stay. Upon obtaining a job the resident must then contribute 70% of their earnings to a “savings program” which she will then receive at the end of the program. This fund will provide her with the initial money needed for deposits and the setting up of her household.
  • Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start – for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer.A new report from the nation’s leading cancer organizations shows that, for the first time since the report was first issued in 1998, both incidence and death rates for all cancers combined are decreasing for both men and women, driven largely by declines in some of the most common types of cancer.Estimated new cases and deaths from cancer in the United States in 2009:
    • New cases: 1,479,350
    • Deaths: 562,340

    American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices.

    The American Cancer Society’s mission is to create a world with more birthdays and less cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is available to cancer patients and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 800-ACS-2345 or visiting www.cancer.org.