As 2018 is coming to an end, the WoVeN team can’t help but look back on how much WoVeN has grown in the past year! Here’s a timeline of WoVeN happenings from 2018:
- January 2018: WoVeN kicks off 2018 by planning the 2nd National Peer Leader Training!
- February 2018: WoVeN recruits 17 new peer leaders from all over the country to start WoVeN groups in their communities.
- March 2018: WoVeN Turns 1 year old! We celebrated WoVeN’s birthday with peer leaders from 10 cities across the country at the 2nd National Peer Leader Training in New Orleans, LA.
- April 2018: The Walmart Foundation granted WoVeN additional funding, totaling their generous contribution to the program to nearly $720,000!
- May 2018: WoVeN groups wrap up in 10 cities across the country and peer leaders eagerly plan their next round of groups!
- June 2018: WoVeN Director, Tara Galovski, was invited to speak at the National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators’ Annual Training Conference in Washington, DC.
- July 2018: The WoVeN website was accessed from users in all 50 states! We are growing in leaps and bounds and have truly made much progress in achieving working towards our goal of creating a nationwide network of women Veterans.
- August 2018: WoVeN announces the 3rd National Peer Leader Training in Houston, TX, where peer leaders from 9 cities will come together to be trained!
- September 2018: WoVeN announces the newly developed partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission in providing support for an additional 8 women Veterans from rural areas in the state of Texas to receive the peer leader training! Additionally, three WoVeN peer leaders were invited panelists kicking off the Women Veterans Health Summit, hosted by the National Center for PTSD. Our WoVeN peer leaders shared their personal experiences both in the military and in transitioning to civilian life. Hearing their stories inspired everyone in attendance to further their work to promote the health and well-being of women Veterans.
- October 2018: WoVeN went to Houston, TX for the 3rd National Peer Leader Training. Eighteen new peer leaders were trained and went on to begin WoVeN groups in their local communities.
- November 2018: The Oak Foundation joins the Walmart Foundation, Boston University, TVC, and the National Center for PTSD in supporting our efforts to extend the reach of WoVeN as a national community of women Veterans. WoVeN was also featured in a three-page article in USA Today’s Veterans Affairs special issue!
- December 2018: The WoVeN team welcomes Stacie Fredriksson, Airforce Veteran, as WoVeN’s Veteran Outreach Coordinator. Stacie’s expertise and energy will help grow the program and engage women Veterans from across the country.
We are so grateful for the support and enthusiasm of our funders and partners in 2018. The continued dedication of WoVeN peer leaders and members both inspires and humbles WoVeN staff and affiliates. Thank you for an amazing year.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for WoVeN in 2019!