October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it was our honor to interview Barbara Sweeney, the City of Alexandria Residential Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Program. Barbie, as we call her, runs the city’s domestic violence shelter and does so much more. Did you happen to walk through Market Square any evening this month? It’s awash in purple to bring attention to this most important cause.
Barbie talks about how COVID-19 has impacted domestic abuse, what signs to watch for, how to help, and so much more in our video and our “5 More Questions” follow-on story.
You saw the video of our executive director, Jane Collins, in the hot seat with Susan Fleischman of The Zebra admitting to her love of Ben & Jerry’s, Law & Order: SVU and how badly she needs a nap on The Zebra’s Facebook Live! show. All of the guests who Jane grilled with her “10 Questions” show got their revenge!
Oh, and Jane also talked about Heard of course, and how she will help you start a similar program in your community. Just five steps, and Jane will guide you along the way.
Alexandria, VA – Jane Collins, founder and executive director of the local nonprofit Heard, and frequent host of The Zebra’s Z-TV LIVE, will speak at the Tom Tom Foundation’s virtual summit, Cities Rising, on October 8. The event had been slated for spring 2020 before the pandemic shut it down, and it’s been reinvented as a seven-week virtual summit. Read the rest of the story here.
Update: Listen to Jane share the value of the arts in healing a community, and how she can help you start a similar organization:
“10 Questions” went out on a high with Stella Hanley, Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.” Animal care has been affected by COVID in unimaginable ways, and Stella and her team at the AWLA have really stepped up to it. Seriously, they have 500 volunteers? How awesome is that? And how did Stella’s childhood in northern Ireland make her the driven, empathetic executive director she is today? As always, watch our entertaining Facebook live show here and read our “5 More Questions” for a bonus.
And special, special thanks and tons of love to The Zebra for this opportunity. It was so much fun and I’m sad that it has to end. Here’s hoping that “10 Questions” truly made Alexandria a better and stronger community.
Wasn’t that a great Z-TV LIVE! show on August 12? What, you missed it? Fear not, you can view it here. Our executive director, Jane Collins, asked way more than “10 Questions” with Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, the Superintendent, Alexandria City Public Schools. First, we’re impressed that he made time to be on this The Zebra show, given how crazy busy he is preparing for the “Virtual Plus” school year. Yikes, what a challenge for the 16,000 kids who attend school in Alexandria. We’re so glad we could learn more about him – did you know he was his high school’s prom king? Missed the show? Just click below, and then read even more surprising things about him in our “5 More Questions” follow-up.