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Local Domestic Violence Advocate Wins Prestigious Award

In October 2018, Charlene Woods, data specialist at Crisis Center North, was honored by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence with their Luminary Award for her innovation and leadership of the Coalition's Women of Color Caucus.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) has awarded its prestigious Luminary Award to local Data Specialist and Diversity Chair, Charlene Woods. With this award, Woods, who has served at Crisis Center North (CCN) for over 15 years, is being celebrated as a leader who, through her work, has inspired and influenced others to create positive change.

A Luminary has had the courage to embrace possibilities and recognize that nothing is impossible. Through their high intention; sincere effort; intelligent direction; skillful execution and passion; a Luminary has lifted oneself and others to excellence, according to the PCADV.

"This award not only brings recognition to me, but it illuminates the work that many women of color are doing in Pennsylvania and in this field. It was quite exciting receiving the award, but I would hope this award not only illuminates the work I'm doing, but that it illuminates the work of every woman in the caucus. We serve as voices for the voiceless. We may not be able to reach all, but if this work could impact just one, it was well worth it," said Woods.

Woods also currently serves as the co-chair of the PCADV Women of Color Caucus -West (WOCC). Woods has been involved as a long-standing member of WOCC, since 2004. Since becoming co-chair in 2015, the caucus membership has grown by more than 250%. Woods has also initiated the First Annual Legacy Project.

"The Legacy Project is about giving back to the community. I think it's important that people see that we give back. This year, we have a really exciting project we're working on - The Brown Baby Project. When Moms go out to look for employment there's a woman in the caucus, from Women Against Abuse in Philly - Twala Gawab-French. During her career, she would offer childcare to these women. Twala is retiring, and to honor her legacy, we are going to donate brown baby dolls throughout facilities in the state to help soothe children while their Moms are out. Places that wouldn't necessarily think to have a brown baby doll for their clients. That representation matters," Woods stated.

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