Archive for April 2015

Men in our Community

Men in our Community

Volunteers are vital to the delivery of services at Compass Center for Women and Families. With the assistance of 200+ volunteers, we are able to serve 6,000 women, men and children in our community.  Issues surrounding career, legal, and financial needs and goals and domestic violence affect everyone. As an organization serving 90% women, we are eager to provide services to more men and to work with more male volunteers.

We are grateful for the male volunteers that have engaged with the agency to help deliver services. Men serve in many capacities at Compass Center. Below are examples of the work of some of our male volunteers:

Mark Phillips previously served on the Finance Committee for The Women’s Center. As vice president of Jacob’s Capital, a boutique investment banking firm in Chapel Hill, Mark brings a high level of expertise to Compass Center’s Board of Directors. Mark is currently treasurer of our board and has held this position since 2012.

John Miskey has led Compass Center’s monthly family law workshops for the past two years. As a partner with Bagwell Holt Smith, PA, John also participates in our legal information services appointments, offering a free 15-minute phone conversation to dozens monthly to discuss individual legal situations. John joined the Compass Center Board of Directors in July of 2014 and is currently leading the Executive Director search committee.

Jay Miller has volunteered as a financial counselor with Compass Center since 1999. As a financial counselor, Jay meets one-on-one with individuals to help them budget, meet financial goals and develop businesses. Jay also serves as secretary of the Henderson Street House Foundation, which provides our client services facility at 210 Henderson St. rent free.

Cole van de Water began serving as a hotline advocate in 2011. As an advocate, Cole meets in-person with clients in crisis, as well as takes phone calls to offer emotional support, help individuals complete domestic violence protective orders and provide information and referral when appropriate.

Bob Pleasants trained as a hotline advocate and community educator and later joined staff. More recently, Bob has volunteered his time to lead a session on the socio-ecological model of domestic violence for new hotline advocates during our fall and spring volunteer trainings.

Having a male presence in the Center is important to us, as we want anyone to feel comfortable walking through our doors. In addition to providing support to our clients through their involvement, our male volunteers are then able to go back and spread the word of our services and educate others. If you know a man who could contribute to Compass Center by volunteering or using our services, please visit or call us at 919-968-4610.CC Indy Photo

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Lee Smith

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Lee Smith

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Lee Smith is an accomplished fiction author who often incorporates the stories of southern women into her novels and short stories. Through her writing, she advances the story of women and ensures that our story is part of our nation’s history. Lee has also hosted numerous fundraising events for the Carolina Women’s Center and Compass Center. As a key performer in the 2013 Evening of Story and Song, Lee helped raise nearly $15,000 to support Compass Center programs and services. To learn more about Lee, click here. Thank you Lee!

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