Walk a Mile With Us!

 

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On Thursday, October 2, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter is hosting our second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to raise awareness and funds to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We need your help!

Did you know that 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime? That every TWO minutes someone is sexually assaulted? Domestic and sexual violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Are you ready to stand up and step up to show your support?

  • What: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event – a one mile walk where we want everyone – men, women, children to walk a mile to support survivors in our community. We are asking MEN to walk in women’s shoes! (Bring your own if you can – we will have some shoes on hand the day of the event in varying sizes.)
  •  When: Thursday, October 2, 2014. Registration is from 5 – 6. The walk will begin at 6.
  •  Where: University of Mount Union – the parking lot on the corner of State and Rockhill. (Near the UMU Football Field, across from Enterprise, Doug’s, etc.)
  •  Who: You! This event is open to everyone! Walk as an individual or as part of a team, raising funds to support your walk.

Registration fee is $25.00 – you can pay online when you register.  Register before September 22 and receive a free t-shirt!

Can’t walk in the event?  You can still be involved by making a donation at the link listed above. If you have any questions, call 330-823-7223. Thank you for standing up and stepping out against violence in our community!

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Celebrating 35 Years of Serving Survivors

 

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This year marks the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter’s 35th year of providing services to survivors of domestic violence. You can help us celebrate by making a tax-deductible donation to our 35th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign!

Our goal for this campaign is 350 donors, with a suggested donation of $35, $350, or $3,500. Any amount is appreciated, these are only suggestions.   We are currently at 105 donors.  YOU can help us reach our goal!

The AADVS depends on your support and generosity to continue its mission of empowering and assisting survivors of abuse. We believe that all abuse is unacceptable, those who have been abused are not at fault, & all individuals have the right to live abuse-free lives. Furthermore, the shelter’s guiding principle of empowering survivors of abuse to regain control of their lives is the framework upon which all programs and strategies are developed.

AADVS Wins McKinley Award

To celebrate our 35th anniversary, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter presented a float in the 2014 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Grand Parade this past August. We are excited to announce that we won the McKinley Award, which is given to the best non-professionally built float.  It is our third time throughout the years receiving this award, and we are honored to have been chosen.

The float, which featured a birthday cake with 35 candles, was built by staff members, board members, and volunteers. Robertson Heating Supply sponsored the float. A big thank you to Robertson’s and all of those involved in making this a reality!

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Welcome to our new website!

We hope you enjoy our redesigned site. Please show your support and make a donation to the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter (just to make sure the link works, of course…) :).

HealthPath

With the help of funding from the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio’s Community Connection program, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter was able to undertake a multi-media teen dating violence prevention project.

The program was established to help educate teens on the dangers of dating violence and how to better identify it when it’s happening. The overall goal was to teach students how to uphold positive relationship values and to attempt to change the way teens and the community at large thinks about teen dating violence.

The multi-media campaign included billboards and a new/updated website. Printed materials were shown to students in Alliance and surrounding schools. Broadcast arts students from Alliance High School also created information video public service announcements on teen dating violence. These videos portrayed what dating violence can look like and how it can negatively affect the people who are in abusive relationships.

The project concluded with a red carpet premiere event where students were given awards for Best PSA, Best Visual Effects, Best Acting and Most Educational. “The hope is that the combination of multi-media publicity material will catch the attention of not only teens, but members of the community,” Executive Director, Kim Stanley, said. “With the assistance of this funding from HealthPath, we’re working to change the way people think about teen dating violence.”

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Allstate Grant

The Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter is enjoying another successful year of Allstate Foundation funding for the shelter’s Economic Empowerment Program. The program offers financial literacy classes, a matched saving program, and financial case management to victims of domestic violence.

Financial literacy classes focus on the basics of financial abuse, including creating and adhering to a budget, the importance of credit scores and how to repair bad credit, and the dangers of identity theft.

Once class time is complete, participants are encouraged to enroll in personalized financial case management meetings to set goals, get assistance to plan a budget, and begin working on fixing any credit problems. The Economic Empowerment Program also allows domestic violence survivors an opportunity to save money and have their contribution matched by funding from the Allstate Foundation.

By educating survivors on how to control and manage their own expenses and finances, they will be better able to protect themselves from financial abuse in the future.

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