Ashley Wilson | Rise Above Violence
This community never ceases to amaze me. All of us at Rise Above Violence thank you for supporting the WeRise for 25 campaign with such enthusiasm.
Our original goal was to raise $25,000 to support a fund that offered flexible assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Historically, grant funds are very restrictive and often for good reasons, but when it comes to those fleeing violent situations in their homes, the need for flexible support is immense.
When a victim is choosing to leave a violent relationship, starting out and getting safe require quick action that impacts their housing, their child care, their work and numerous other things. One seemingly insignificant crisis can quickly snowball into a catastrophe, resulting in homelessness and poverty.
You heard the call. This community responded with resounding support. Our original goal of $25,000 has been blown out of the water. As of Monday, Jan. 10, we have almost doubled that amount; $47,242 dollars have been raised by individuals in this community. The funds have already been used to help several victims and we are not even two weeks into the year.
The expectations of this flexible fund will allow the Rise team to support victims where they need it most in order to stabilize and not tumble into a financial crisis. Very often, a onetime small amount can ensure that victims are able to stabilize and not need longer-term financial help.
We are excited to share with you the impact of this fund as the year progresses; we know it will make such a difference for victims in our community. Again, thank you to everyone who donated and helped us almost double our goal.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and needs help, call our 24/7 hotline at (970) 264-9075; an advocate is here to help.
Rise Above Violence is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving more than 350 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit www.riseaboveviolence.org for more information or call (970) 264-9075 to talk to an advocate today.