Ladies, this post is for you. Have you heard of the Women’s Resource Center? Located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, the WRC is here to help, and has a lot to offer. You may know them from their yearly productions of “The Vagina Monologues” or their “True Life: Domestic Abuse Survivor Art” show. But they have a lot more to offer, just ask Jessica Dailey, one of the friendly staff at the WRC.
“We’re here and we want to help!” Jessica wanted all of the women at EMU to know the office is open every weekday from 9-3, and is a safe place. “We really act as a sort of middle man to connect women with the resources they can use.” The resources the WRC connects to includes everything from shelters and other safe places, to the library of selected topics in the office to helping out with events like feminist fest or RAINN Day, coming up on the 25th of this month. RAINN day helps to raise awareness and funds for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network; the largest anti sexual assault organization in the United States. While many of the large events that the WRC helps to sponsor and organize are well attended, the actual office and office hours are not used as frequently. “It is a great place to come and talk. We are here to help connect ladies to a wider community and let them know they’re not alone.”
The WRC is also always looking for help and volunteers. For example, right now they are running a cell phone drive through the end of September. Any cell phone in working condition can be donated and they go to the SafeHouse Center where survivors of domestic abuse can have access to them. Also needed are volunteers to man the tables used to distribute information on the upcoming RAINN day. There are lots of ways to get involved at any level.
Also of interest, a new feminist club is starting this year, with the inaugural meeting being held across from the campus bookstore Monday, September 15th at 5:30. All are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions about the WRC or any of the services it offers, or if you wish to volunteer, feel free to contact Jessica Dailey (JDailey@emich.edu)