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Combating Violence Against Women with Art
“The Vagina Monologues” comes back to Bend, times two

BY Annette Benedetti on Feb 8, 2017

culture1-d-04f8be63afd6a7c8In 1994, playwright Eve Ensler broke new ground with the play, “The Vagina Monologues.” What started out as a piece of art aimed at addressing women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse spawned the non-profit organization V-Day—an activist movement that works to end violence against women and girls by raising funds and awareness through benefit productions of “The Vagina Monologues” and other works. V-Day has reached billions of people around the world, and this month, two V-Day campaigns are bringing unique productions of “The Vagina Monologues” to two different venues in Bend. [Read more…]



Counting Women In
Two Local Nonprofits Address Women’s Issues Head On

By Annette Benedetti on Nov 9, 2016

gg-womensissuesThis past September, for the first time in 20 years, the Women’s Foundation of Oregon released Count Her In—a comprehensive, data-driven report about Oregon’s women and girls. The findings were sobering and revealed inequities that pose immense challenges for girls and women in the state. Two of the more startling issues included wage disparity and the overwhelming prevalence of sexual and domestic violence.

According to Count Her In, Oregon women earn between 53 and 83 cents for every dollar men in Oregon earn. Just as jarring is the finding that over half of the state’s females have experienced some form of sexual or domestic violence—one of the highest rates in the country. Saving Grace and World Muse are two local nonprofits that are addressing the issues outlined in the report, providing programs designed to raise awareness while protecting and empowering local women. [Read more…]

Looking for Love?
These days, apps are far a far-from-taboo way to search for your new boo

By Annette Benedetti on Feb 8, 2017

lovepages-datingapps-2cad3deee50e85a0Passing notes in high school may have helped you score your first kiss or your first true love, but the dating world has become a bit more difficult to navigate in the years since “Beverly Hills 90210” or even “Gilmore Girls” taught us the ins and outs of l-u-v.

If you’re looking to find love or companionship in 2017, you’ve probably at least considered online dating. Whether you’re in college, just out of a relationship or looking to find a partner to enjoy your retirement, the virtual world has a slew of dating websites and apps waiting to hook you up.

Which site is best for you and what’s it like to use them? The Source Weekly put together the basics and gathered first-hand experiences that will help you decide which one (or two or three) to sign up for.

(Note: names have been changed at the request of the individuals who participated.) [Read more…]

A Picture of What is Possible
ReachAnother Foundation gives supporters a chance to step up to the plate

By Annette Benedetti on Oct 12, 2016

culture2-d4cdf88b7f14e9fcFor many people, retirement means hunkering down with family and spending long afternoons fishing or traveling to places they’ve always dreamed of seeing. For ReachAnother Foundation’s (RAF) Founder and Board President Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS, it meant working even harder to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable citizens.

In 2008, Koning retired from his surgical practice in Bend. Over the course of 30 years his accomplishments included helping found Hospice of Redmond and Sisters and co-founding the Rising Stars Preschool for Developmentally Disabled Children in Redmond. Instead of taking some well deserved down time, he went to Ethiopia on a humanitarian mission where he worked in a hospital and discovered the large population of people who were severely medically underserved. [Read more…]