There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." And that is exactly what the YWCA of San Diego County’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event asks the San Diego community to do. This fundraising event asks men (and women and children) to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes as a powerful symbol of their commitment to putting an end to domestic violence. It's not easy, but it's fun and it raises critical funding for the YWCA’s Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program.
The YWCA of San Diego County held their first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® fundraising event in October 2008 and the event has been growing ever since. This event offers men, women, and children a chance to come together and show that they are willing to take a stand (and a step) against domestic violence whilst also helping to raise critical funding for the YWCA's Becky's House®Domestic Violence Program. This event in October of each year during Domestic Violence Awareness month.
As you may expect, this event always offers many amazing photo opportunities as you can see from some of the shots below. Check out more at have a lot of great photos from the event by visiting the YWCA Flickr page.
How can YOU support this event?
How can you support this event?
Join the Walk
Put on your best pair of pumps and take the Walk a Mile challenge. We want this event to get bigger every year and that isn’t possible without the support of the community. The event date for 2014 will be announced shortly but you can take the pledge to walk today by clicking here.
Donate to the Cause
If you can’t make it to the walk, you can still show your support by donating to one of the many worthy teams participating. There are trophies given to the top individual and team fundraisers!
Sponsor Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®
Cash sponsorships are available at a range of levels and offer attractive sponsorship benefits. The outstanding companies that provide sponsorships will be recognized for their contributions on the YWCA of San Diego County website and in most event-related promotional material. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Brittney Sherley, Development Manager at (619) 239-0355, Ext. 216 or email@example.com.
Make a Product Donation!
Each year we rely on the generosity of businesses to help us stock our goody bags with treats for our great participants, such as small treats (snacks and drinks), promotional material (such as pens, notepads, and magnets), and coupons! We also seek medium to high value items to be used in silent and live auctions. Does your company have something they would like to share with our participants? It’s a great way to promote your product while supporting a great cause! To learn more about making a product donation, please click here.
Last year, we had over 200 men participate in this walk. That's a lot of heels. To help us ensure that every participant has a range of stunning pumps to choose from, we seek donations of heels in larger sizes (size 10 - 18). Do you know a company that might be able to help? Please contact Brittney Sherley, Development Manager at (619) 239-0355, Ext. 216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for the Event!
This event relies on the hard work and commitment of reliable volunteers. We need help on event day from 2pm onwards with set up, registration, shoe and goody bag distribution, amongst other things. Volunteer sign up for the 2014 event will open in August 2014.
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A Brief History of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes...
The first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence, was created by Frank Baird in 2001. The concept for this event at its inception was that men can work together to become a part of the solution to ending sexualized violence against women, while raising money for local rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. In 2008, the YWCA of San Diego County applied to the international program to get permission to bring the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to San Diego. In October 2008, the YWCA held the first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, and due to its success and impact on the community, it has now become an annual YWCA fundraising event for the Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program.
The goal of the walk is to recruit hundreds, and ultimately thousands of men, women, and children to put on a pair of women’s high heeled shoes and walk for a mile in a light-hearted attempt to build awareness of the serious problem of domestic violence and its negative impact on the San Diego community. By bringing together community members, including families, students, local politicians, policemen, firemen, media, and business people, participants are encouraged to lead the way in stopping domestic violence and to consider the ways in which they can make a positive difference.
This event raises much-needed funding for the YWCA's Becky's House® Domestic Violence Program. It is going to take each and every member of our community to change the way we view domestic violence and stop it. All of the services provided by Becky's House® support the individual's journey from victim to survivor to achiever. The program includes a 30-60 day domestic violence emergency shelter, a 24-hour emergency hotline, and four transitional housing programs for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Becky's House® serves more than 500 women and children, and receives nearly 2,500 hotline calls each year!