Project Flight, the family literacy program that, among other things, collects books for kids, has published its seventh women's resource guide. Editors Geraldine E. Bard and Elizabeth J. Cappella, Buffalo State College professors, spent this summer putting the book together, and the result is a bigger, better and more comprehensive compilation of women's activities in Western New York.
Bard calls it a "multi-faceted resource that pulls together the signature projects of several coalitions as well as listing organizations and resources."
In 103 loosely bound pages, "The Women's Resource Guide and Greater Buffalo Directory of Women's Organizations" combines a summary of the United Nations platforms for action for women; a history of and list of inductees in the Western New York Women's Hall of Fame; a list of Project Flight programs and winners of its student scholarship; a profile on the Western New York Advisory Committee of the State Division of Women, and a description of the Women's Pavilion Pan-Am 2001.
There are census figures that define the status of women in health, education, business and more; a list of Web sites on women's issues; a directory of national organizations, with fax and phone numbers; a 10-page time line on the women's rights movement and a 38-page directory of area women's organizations.
The book is being distributed to organizations and may be available to individuals. Call 886-3739.
Former Buffalo Bill Chris Spielman and his wife, Stefanie, are representatives for a campaign to increase breast cancer awareness that begins Sunday. They are featured in a video that is part of a support kit being distributed to couples dealing with the disease. The kit, "Journey of Hope: Couples Speak Out About Breast Cancer," includes a workbook and the video in which survivors and their spouses share their personal experiences in an effort to help other couples deal with intimacy, spirituality and finances during a crisis period.
Lillie Shockney, a breast cancer survivor and education and outreach director of Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Center, is collaborating with the Spielmans in the program that benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Copies of "Journey of Hope" can be obtained by calling (877) 718-HOPE after Oct. 1.
Samsung Telecommunications America and Sprint PCS are sponsoring the campaign, part of which is designed to get people to use their equipment and services to spread the word about cancer prevention.
The Spielmans will be among 100 "breast cancer ambassadors" who will be urging people on the streets of New York City to call friends and family to advise them about early detection of cancer. Sponsors hope to get 200,000 calls made during the month of October, a figure that comes close to the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
For the third year, the two companies will make a $500,000 donation to the Komen Foundation, established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister who died of breast cancer at 36. It supports research, education, screening and treatment.
Victoria L. Lutz, executive director of Pace Women's Justice Center, will speak on confronting violence against women at a luncheon Oct. 18 highlighting the YWCA's sixth annual Week Without Violence.
Lutz conducts training programs on dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault for prosecutors, civil and criminal defense attorney, judges, people in law enforcement, shelter workers and advocates here and abroad. She's a former Westchester County assistant district attorney. The luncheon will be held at noon in Fanny's Restaurant. Connie Downing, 852-6120, is taking reservations.
The week will open with a musical celebration in Temple Beth Zion Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. School and church choirs will perform in a program honoring victims of violence.
Events addressing violence against children will be held Oct. 18 in the YWCA and a peace conference for high school students will be held Oct. 17. A video featuring men speaking out on violence will be shown Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. on Adelphia Channel 18 and an awards ceremony for a poetry contest will be held Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. The final program, Oct. 21 from 3 to 11 p.m. in Spot Coffee, will feature local performers in concert.