BENEFITING: Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I have always always always wanted to run the Boston Marathon. I am so excited (and nervous!) finally to be doing it in 2015. What makes it even more exciting for me is that I will be running for Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., an organization that I am really thrilled to be supporting.
I have had the opportunity to see how important support services are for domestic violence survivors. In 1995 and 1996, I volunteered for a small domestic violence shelter and services center in Somerville, Massachusetts, doing individual counseling for women and helping out with child care. In law school in New York City, I coordinated and participated in a program through which law students advocated for women seeking restraining orders against their partners and also volunteered at Sanctuary for Families, a legal organization representing domestic violence survivors in family law disputes, immigration matters, etc. After law school, I worked as a counselor and legal advocate for domestic violence survivors in rural Wisconsin. Having participated in providing numerous services for domestic violence survivors around the country, I can say confidently what a wonderful organization Casa Myrna is.
I would greatly appreciate any donation to support Casa Myrna and to help motivate me for my Marathon run!
Here is information about the organization and about the much-needed supplies that your donation can give to domestic violence survivors:
Casa Myrna delivers solutions to end domestic and dating violence through intervention, awareness and prevention. Founded in 1977 by community activists, Casa Myrna offers:
•Three Boston-based shelters for survivors who are homeless due to domestic and dating violence.
•A comprehensive range of bilingual English/Spanish supportive services to provide survivors with tools to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency. Our services include; housing assistance; financial literacy education and job readiness skill building; individual and group counseling; legal advocacy and representation; and community-based advocacy.
•SafeLink Hotline (877-785-2020), the only statewide, 24/7, multilingual domestic violence hotline in Massachusetts.
•Education, outreach and public awareness, including annual campaigns on mass transit systems statewide about domestic and dating violence.
• Domestic and dating violence prevention trainings and education to teens and adults across the state.
Our work helps build better futures for survivors struggling with many forms of adversity, including poverty, violence and homelessness.
A donation to Team Casa Myrna for the Boston Marathon supports this important work. Your support has an impact:
•$75 – you buy three nights of healthy foods for a family of three coming into one of our shelters
•$100 – you purchase new sheets, pillows and towels for a family in one of our shelters
•$150 – you provide ten new children’s and adult books for the library in the Teen Parenting Program
•$200 – you help defray the moving costs for a survivor who is transitioning into a safe, permanent, affordable home
•$250 – you ensure a survivor is not alone in court at a restraining order hearing
•$500 – you support two workshops for high school students on dating violence and healthy relationships
•$1,000 – you keep the SafeLink hotline open for 12 hours
•$2,500 – you sponsor a five-week personal economic planning workshop for 10 survivors
Thank you very much for your support of Team Casa Myrna!