Leader Spotlight: Sharon Wood of New Day for Children

Q: Where do you live?

A. San Francisco Bay Area

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Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. Since 2009, New Day for Children has provided hope and help to families of sex trafficked children here in the United States. Hope is given as they learn they are not alone and there is a safe haven for their child. Help is given as New Day provides the financial and community support needed for the care and healing of their child. Working in collaboration with others, New Day for Children makes possible services such as safe housing, therapy, school, horse therapy and more. We work with law enforcement, other faith based/community organizations and families to support the needs of American girls, ages 10 to 18, suffering from the trauma of human trafficking. Working together to heal mind, body, and spirit of American sex trafficked girls...one girl at a time.

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Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. I am not the founder of New Day for Children, but I got involved and later became the Executive Director because I learned that a young girl I knew had been sold for sex in the Concord/Pleasant Hill area between the ages of 10-12. There are times in our life when an injustice or need is put before us and we have a choice to make. Do we go on with our life as if all is well, or do we do our best to become the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves? Do we ignore the hurting or become a conduit for healing and hope? Choose well. What we do today truly matters for someone tomorrow.

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Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. Know that trafficking children is an extremely fast growing and lucrative industry. New Day is one of only a few in this country that helps families find the help and resources needed for their recovered child.
Here are a few ideas of how YOU can help transform a girl's life.
Have some fun with your friends, children, civic or church group and fundraise or start an ""Awareness"" campaign for New Day.
Here's some ideas on how to join us and make a difference:
* Host an online auction on Charity Buzz - it's easy and exciting!
* Hold an Art Auction or concert
* Introduce us to colleagues or friends that are involved in corporate or private foundations
* Invite your friends and neighbors for a coffee while we introduce them to New Day
* Have a pancake breakfast, car wash, dog wash.....

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Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. Hands down my mom, Elaine Barrett

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Q: What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

A. I've been married for 40 years to my high school sweetheart and together we raised three wonderful children. I continue to grow and am stretched beyond what I think is my capacity. I've had three careers over the past 40 years - professional violinist, pastor, and now Executive Director for New Day for Children. I am always learning. Always growing...I think my greatest achievement is yet to come!

Learn more about her organization at her WorldWideWomen page listing here.

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Connect with Sharon and New Day for Children through her LinkedIn page!

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