Annual Awards 2013
Women Helping Women Honors Five for Volunteer Efforts and Support
Five individuals were honored during the 2013 Women Helping Women (WHW) Annual Meeting held in November at the Cincinnati Club. Each year, WHW selects those who have made significant contributions to the agency’s mission and recognizes them at this yearly event attended by WHW staff, board members, volunteers and community supporters.
Honored for their efforts include:
Christina Dingledine – recipient of the Butler County Founder’s Volunteer Award, which recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies dedication to Women Helping Women and the survivors it serves. Dingledine began as an intern in 2012 with the Butler County Rape Crisis Program. Her passion for serving survivors transcended programmatic boundaries as she helped to transition rape crisis services under Women Helping Women. Christina volunteered an average of 6 on-call shifts (72 hours) a month.
Caroline Devlin – recipient of the Hamilton county Founder’s Volunteer Award, Devlin has been a volunteer with Women Helping Women since the spring of 2010. She has been a consistent and reliable court advocate for the three and a half years that she has volunteered with Women Helping Women. As a court advocate, she offers and provides support, answers questions and provides resource materials to those in need. Along with providing court advocacy, she has also been very helpful in training new volunteers.
Police Officer Sharon Berger – recipient of the Thomas R. Oberschmidt Award, named for Cincinnati Police Department Lt. Oberschmidt and which recognizes individual police officers for their sensitivity to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and excellence in investigating these crimes. Officer Berger has served with the Cincinnati Police Department since 1991. She is currently assigned as a CAC (Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital) Investigator. She investigates a multitude of cases and has averaged 90 cases per year. She utilizes available resources and displays consistent and compassionate treatment of sexual assault survivors.
Mary Gerson – recipient of the Maria C. Blake Community Service Award – named in honor of Clinical Psychologist Maria C. Blake, PhD and which recognizes an individual from the Greater Cincinnati community who has consistently and compassionately promoted the mission of Women Helping Women. Mary Gerson served on the Board of Trustees in 2007 and 2008. Mary has been a valuable asset to the Sunday Salon Committee for seven years. She makes things seamless with taking care of details behind the scenes. It has always been very important to her to recognize those who gave Women Helping Women their start.
Tracy Alford – recipient of the Janet S. Klaine Philanthropy Award - named in memory of Janet S. Klaine who supported the agency and its mission for more than 20 years and who was dedicated to ensuring the agency would have the necessary resources to be able to serve its clients. Shortly after visiting Cincinnati and learning of the needs that Women Helping Women had, Tracy answered the call in a huge way in 2013. She was the title sponsor for Light Up the Night & All That Jazz. Along with providing a sponsorship for the Sunday Salons, she co-hosted a Salon that was in high demand so it could be relocated to a larger venue.
“The individuals we recognize this year show how personal contributions and compassion can can make a true difference in our communities,” said Kendall Fisher, WHW executive director. ”We are thankful for these significant contributions to Women Helping Women and glad to have the chance to honor them tonight.”
Women Helping Women is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to serve women and men who are survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking in Southwestern Ohio. The agency provides crisis intervention services including hotline, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy, support groups and face-to-face advocacy for abuse survivors and also conducts training and education in the community to increase awareness of these crimes and aid in their prevention.