Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1-31

There are several ways YOU can support the Aid to Victims of Violence program throughout the month!

Take a stand in October.
This is the month in which we would have held the Chefs Take a Stand: Men Against Domestic Violence event to raise funds for our AVV program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had to cancel this popular event in 2020.

But, YOU can help stop domestic violence by supporting the AVV program with a gift today! Or by participating in any of the special activities listed below.


Raffle Baskets

October 1-31

Tickets are $1 each or an arm’s length for $5. With 19 baskets to bid on, there’s something for everyone!

Bid to make a difference.
The annual Raffle Basket fundraiser for the Aid to Victims of Violence Program has begun. Get your tickets now through the end of the month. Winners to be drawn on Nov. 1.

There are 19 baskets/items to bid on this year, including a Family Fun Basket, Wine Baskets, a Chocolate Lovers Basket, a Thirsty Owl Winery Basket, a Lotto Tree, and even a week at a lake cottage! Click to view. 



Trinity Valley Dairy Corn Maze Day

Saturday, October 17

Purchase tickets online using the code ‘YWCA’ at checkout to benefit the Aid to Victims of Violence Program.

Find your way to the maze.
Trinity Valley Dairy’s Family Fun Days & Corn Maze season is underway! They are generously donating a portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased for October 17 using the code ‘YWCA’ at checkout. Buy now!



Week Without Violence

October 18-24

Online fundraising campaign to be held in place of Chefs Take a Stand.

Reach out to your networks.
In place of the Chefs Take a Stand event, we’ll hold an online crowdfunding campaign during YWCA USA’s Week Without Violence, October 18 – 24, to raise funds to support the Aid to Victims of Violence program. Last year the Chefs Take a Stand event raised nearly $10K, and we’d love to top that this year.

Here’s how you can help. Share this website post with your friends and ask them to join you in making a gift to the AVV program!




Go Purple Day

Thursday, October 22

Special “Hot Pot” of matching funds available to double your impact!

Wear purple; raise awareness.
Go Purple Day (Domestic Violence Awareness Day) is when people wear purple to spark conversations and raise awareness about domestic violence. On Go Purple Day, we will hold a special match promotion with a “Hot Pot” of funds donated by a few of the “Chefs” that competed in last year’s event. Stay tuned for details on how to double your impact.



Greek Peak Movies at the Mountain

Thursday, October 22: Goosebumps 2
Friday, October 23: Poltergeist

$5/car to be donated to the Aid to Victims of Violence Program.

Get ready to get spooked.
When you go to the outdoor movies at Greek Peak on these two dates, they will support our Aid to Victims of Violence Program by donating $5/car. Take the kids on Thursday to see Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and then return on Friday for the original Poltergeist! The gates open at 7:15 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:00 p.m.



Save the Date

October 2021

3rd Annual Chefs Take a Stand: Men Against Domestic Violence Event
Not your typical fundraiser…Eat for a cause. Stand for the mission!

The coveted purple apron awaits…
We hope next year we can see you all in person. And together, we can dine on delicious culinary creations prepared by local community leaders who will be competing for bragging rights!

Until then, thank you in advance for supporting the Aid to Victims of Violence program this year.

Pictured left to right are the winners of the 2019 event: 3rd place Chef, Homer Mayor Hal McCabe; Best Chef Beanie Koegler, Executive Chef of Kendal at Ithaca; 2nd place Chef, Ty Marshal, Executive Director of the Center for the Arts.




Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, YWCA Cortland will need to alter programming at times to comply with New York State guidelines as they evolve and to ensure the health and safety of our staff and the families that we serve. We are making every effort to resume our operations following requirements in the New York Forward plan​, and we will communicate any programming changes in a timely manner. We remain committed to the Cortland community and to our mission to empower women and eliminate racism.