Interviewee: Chrissy Kenney (she/her)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
HAWC has been providing free & confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic violence residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore for more than 42 years. HAWC’s mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. Services include a 24-hour hotline, Emergency Shelter, Legal Services, Children Services, Advocacy, Education & Prevention and more.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
As Senior Manager of Development, I oversee the agency’s fundraising and communications efforts. I am passionate about working with community members and organizations to raise critical funds in support of survivors of abuse.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
The team at HAWC believes that it is the responsibility of every member of our community to end violence. This includes the creative community.
Additionally, many survivors of domestic violence and other traumas use creativity, art and other forms of artistic expression as a channel for healing. We hope to partner more with the creative community to lift up the voices of survivors and raise awareness in an accessible way.
What was the last book you read or film you watched that made an impact on you?
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran tells the story of a child caught in between two mothers: one an immigrant fleeing from her dangerous hometown in Mexico who loses custody of her son in the process, and the other a professional in California, who craves motherhood more than anything else.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
We have a team full of animal lovers at HAWC!