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ADWAS Summer & Fall 2021

What's Inside?

CDN Partnership

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ADWAS is partnering with CDN, Cascadia Deaf Nation. They provide 2 trainers and facilitators: Ashanti Monts-Tréviska and Ali Hamar. They came to train ADWAS staff on June 9th. The meeting was only for the BIPOC staff. They listened and gathered information. Then on July 7th, they met with the non-BIPOC, those who are white, staff. They listened and gathered information. Now having gathered perspectives, this information will be used to bring both groups together for the purpose of transformative justice training and to determine the plan of action with CDN. The main goal is to create an equitable work environment and a culture of accountability for everyone: Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, Deaf Disabled and diverse members in the community. We are excited about this fall, for 2 years, we will continue to work together, not divided but working together unified moving forward.

Staff Retreat

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We hosted our first agency virtual retreat under new leadership. We used the time to connect with each other, increase wellness and self-care tools, discuss how we can make our programs/services truly accessible for all and how we can hold ourselves accountable and be transparent about how we are living our core values. One day of retreat is not enough, we will continue with upcoming retreat in the Fall. More updates to share when available.

Community Appreciation Day

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Thank you for showing up on Community Appreciation Day! We enjoyed meeting new faces, chatting, deepening relationships, and eating amazing food! If you weren't able to join us this year, no worries. We hope to see you next year!

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Thank you Paparepas for cooking up delicious Venezuelan food! If you enjoyed eating their food or you would like to try it, go check out their restaurant in Kent, WA! We would also like to thank Frankie & Jo's for donating vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free ice cream! It was absolutely delicious. If your taste buds are craving some ice cream, check out one of their locations across Seattle!

Remembering 35 Years

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Best Wishes

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Our Therapist, Morgan Breese, is no longer working at ADWAS. Thank you for everything you’ve contributed to ADWAS and good luck on your next journey! And remember, it’s not goodbye, but touch you later.

Meet our New Advocates

Meet Benny

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Hello! I'm Benny. Here at ADWAS, I work as an Advocate. I help clients process their emotions, discuss safety plans, and approach any problems they have. I'm from Colorado, but I moved to Seattle at the end of 2020. During my time at Colorado State University, I studied English with a minor in Women's Studies. My minor, paired with my experiences of domestic violence and sexual assault, sparked my passion for this work. In my free time, I like to make art, visit new places, spend time with loved ones, and find joy in the little things.

Meet Aly

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Hi, my name is Aly Drayton. It's really nice to meet you all. I am the new advocate for ADWAS. Here are a few things about me so you can get to know me a little bit. One, I am a photographer. I LOVE taking pictures of beautiful stuff, pretty much everything! I have always been like this since I was a baby! Even before I could crawl, and walked, I've always had a camera in my hand. It is really one of my biggest passions. And I still do this today! I love collecting pictures, and all of that stuff like film, and so on. I love collecting plushies, old board games, video games, and all of that stuff.

I have a dog who's an Australian Shepherd. She is my love and my life. She's always going on adventures with me. She loves to go on adventures and all of that. Washington is perfect for that! I love to hike and do activities with my dog. We're always together. She's my partner in crime. So, I will give you one fun fact that most people do not know about me. I am from Trinidad and Tobago. For those who don't know where that is, it is a small island near the Caribbean Islands and South America. It's a really small island. That's where I am from.

I moved here when I was 6 years old. The reason was because I was Deaf and it was for better education. I am proud to be mixed and all of that. Growing up it was my goal and dream to help my Deaf community. I am always trying to change stereotypes and misconceptions for the Deaf. Explaining what it's like to be Deaf, being mixed/multiracial, and LGBTQ. I am always changing one day at a time and all of that stuff.

I would like to wrap up, but before I do, I have a life motto that I always live by: Don't judge a person by the cover, until you walk a mile in their shoes. Because people are always assuming. I'm excited to be a part of this team!

Meet Riley

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Hello! My name is Riley Allen. I'm one of the newest Deaf Hotline Advocates at ADWAS! Two fun facts about me: 1) I was born and raised in the PNW. It's beautiful and I love it here. 2) Neon green is my most favorite color in the world! The brighter green it is, the better it is! I'm looking forward to providing services and support the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community. Thank you for getting to know me!

Video Projects Underway

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A New Approach to Fundraising

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The ADWAS development team adopted a new fundraising approach. This fundraising approach aligns perfectly with ADWAS’ values. The fundraising approach is called “Community Centric Fundraising” (CCF). This model focuses on elevating and unifying communities, more self-exploration and progression. There are 10 principles but today I will share 5 principles with you.

Fundraising must be grounded in race, equity, and social justice.
Nonprofits are generous with and mutually supportive of one another.
All who engage in strengthening the community are equally valued, whether volunteer, staff, donor, or board member.
We treat donors as partners, and this means that we are transparent, and occasionally have difficult conversations.
Time is valued equally as money.

These are a few of the principles, but you can check out their website for more information on the principles.

If you want to have a conversation discussing more about this model and how we can become partners for this year and the years to come, you may contact us at development@adwas.org

We look forward to partnering with you!

Making Connections

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Hello! I’m Wilma (sign name) I do Outreach and Prevention at ADWAS. Here’s what has been going on at ADWAS! I taught prevention at different schools in Washington State, especially at the Washington School for the Deaf (WSD)! I hosted a workshop with HSDC Bellingham about “Relationships and Consent”. I partnererd with Dawn, ThinkSelf, Ignite, NorCal Services for the Deaf and HH, Dove, DeafHope, and DeafShare in a live stream called “Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby”. We also hosted a booth at Taking B(l)ack Pride at in Seattle. Keep an eye out for more events coming up! We would love to see you there!

Meet Baby Suzi

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Our Executive Director, Napal, recently gave birth to a baby girl with life partner, Anton Jackson. We are thrilled to have the baby as part of ADWAS’ family!

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Ways to Give

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Hello! I am Stephanie Mathis. I am the Development Director at ADWAS. I'm going to list different ways to support ADWAS. You can choose the way that is the best fit for you.

Hope & Justice Gala

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Now, this VLOG is about what? The GALA! The Hope and Justice Gala on November 6th! We will be celebrating 35 years! Looking towards 35 years in the future! The gala will now be in person! We will honor the CDC guidelines. We will continue to wear masks and keep a safe distance. We are now looking for motivated and excited volunteers! Those who want to join the GALA team! This is to plan and assign duties! If you are interested in volunteering for the gala, here is how you contact us. Here's my email address: development@adwas.org. I look forward to working with you!

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Donate Online

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You can donate online at our website; all payments are secure:

Mail a Check

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You may write out a check. Then mail it directly to the ADWAS office. The address is:

ADWAS: 8623 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Make a Pledge

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If you want to pledge money monthly for one year. For example, if you set the goal of donating $600 over a year. You may not be able to donate all $600, you may break it down in smaller amounts. You could pay $50 a month = $600 in a year.

Leave a Legacy

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If you want to leave a legacy, bequest or will, you may do so. We accept them. This means you will put in your will, in the event of death, assign a specific amount you want given to ADWAS.

Through Your Workplace

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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: you may donate through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Give them our number which is: 51954.

STATE EMPLOYEES: you can participate in the Combined Fund Drive (CFD). ADWAS' number is: 031613.

KING COUNTY EMPLOYEES: you can participate in the program called King County Employee Giving Program (KCEGP). ADWAS' number is: 9615.

Donate Your Car

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If you have a car that you want to sell, or donate, you can! Just visit:

Shop on AmazonSmile

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Do you shop on Amazon? Do you want to shop and donate at the same time? You can! Just go to: Smile.Amazon.com

Here's the website for instructions:

Become a Volunteer

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Another way you can support ADWAS is to volunteer! There are many volunteer opportunities! You may go to the ADWAS website for the different opportunities available.

Become a Board Member

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If you want to join the board, here's what it will look like. It includes changing policies, overseeing the general operations, engaging in community relations, uplift ADWAS, promote ADWAS services, etc. You will be expected to attend 6 meetings a year. You will participate in fundraising events and so forth. If you are motivated and interested to join, you may email at: board@adwas.org.

Become a Staff Member

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If you are eager and interested in joining the ADWAS team, wanting to apply for a job. We have many job opportunities for you! Check out our website:

Contact us!

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