Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Current 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.

Our 2010 Causes were announced at our February 23, 2010 meeting.  The following two causes were chosen:

Domestic Violence

begins in the home. It comes in the form of physical, sexual, or psychologpurple_ribbonical 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.


OUR ACTIVITY WILL FOCUS ONCommunity Welcome House which is a safe haven for WelcomeHouseLogo248.inddwomen 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 canpink ribboncers 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.

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.

OUR ACTIVITY WILL FOCUS ONPiedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Wellness Center which logowill open in June 2010.  This comprehensive cancer center will streamline treatment for cancer patients by providing access to diagnosis and treatment options to meet their needs through the journey.  Complementing outstanding clinical services, Piedmont Fayette Cancer Center focus will be on wellness.  This focus allows patients and families to cope with cancer in a supportive environment designed to promote healing, reflection, learning and living a quality of life as a cancer survivor.  Programs will include nutrition counseling and cooking demonstrations, movement and gentle exercise classes, support groups, art and music programs, and spiritual support. Services are free of charge even for those individuals seeking cancer treatment at other facilities.  Cancer Wellness services are provided through contributions to Piedmont Fayette Cancer Center.

CBB_Horz_KOUR ACTIVITY WILL ALSO FOCUS ONThe Cattle Barons’ Ball which is a western style fundraising event that brings our community together in the fight against cancer.  The 2010 Barons’ Ball will be held on Saturday, November 6th at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree. The evening will include dinner, drinks, dancing, entertainment, silent auction, games and more.  In its 8th year of the event in Fayette County, we are hoping to raise over $125,000 putting our 8 year total over $1,200,000!  The Barons’ Ball is coordinated by a volunteer planning committee and supported through the generosity of local businesses and individuals.

The American Cancer Society is working to create a world with more birthdays, and less cancer.  We help people stay well by helping people take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stages.  We help people get well by being in your corner around the clock to help you make decisions and guide you through a cancer diagnosis.  We find cures by funding research that helps us better understand, prevent and cure cancer.  We fight back against cancer by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join in the fight.

The American Cancer Society office in Peachtree City offers many programs and services to cancer patients and their families in our community.  The Wig Room is open 5 days a week where women receive free wigs, hats and scarves.  Look Good…Feel Better is a free two-hour session where women undergoing cancer treatment receive a make-up kits and tips on skin and hair changes.  Reach to Recovery is a breast cancer support program where trained breast cancer survivors talk with newly diagnosed patients.  Road to Recovery volunteers help cancer patients get to and from scheduled treatment appointments.  The American Cancer Society expects to serve over 300 cancer patients in Fayette and Coweta counties this year alone.