Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1-31

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

Take a stand in October.
October 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 again in 2021.

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 8 for $5. With 20 baskets/items 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 at the front desk now through the end of the month. We will draw winners on Monday, November 1; you need not be present to win.

There are 20 baskets/items to bid on this year, including Chocolate, Coffee, and Wine Lovers Baskets (oh my!), Entertaining Basket, Trader Joes Goodies Basket, Wines of the World Baskets, a Lotto Tree, a handmade wooden mission style chair, and more! Click to view the baskets/items. 


Week Without Violence

October 18-23

An 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 – 23, to raise funds to support the Aid to Victims of Violence program. Last year’s online fundraising efforts raised just over $10K, and we’d love to top that this year.

Here’s how you can help. Please 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 21

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 the 2018 and 2019 events. Stay tuned for details on how to double your impact. You can also contribute to the “Hot Pot” to make even more of a difference.



Save the Date

October 2022

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.

Click to read about the 2019 event.


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, and we will communicate any programming changes promptly. We remain committed to the Cortland community and our mission to empower women and eliminate racism.