BENEFITING: Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
I first worked with survivors of domestic violence as a courtroom advocate during my third year of law school. I heard their stories and was constantly amazed by their strength and courage in the face of daunting circumstances. Some had suffered horrific abuse, others were homeless and others struggled to provide a meal for their children. Still, they carried on and I was happy to play just a small part in hopefully improving their lives.
I have continued this work as an attorney and regularly take on pro bono cases in which I help survivors obtain restraining orders to help insure their safety. But I want to do more.
That's where my legs come in. I love to run. I love the freedom. I love the feeling of setting a new personal best time or running further than I have before. I watched my first Boston Marathon in 2008 shortly after moving to Boston and it has been a goal of mine to run the marathon ever since. It has taken longer than I hoped, but I am ready for this challenge.
In picking a charity to run for, choosing Casa Myrna was a no brainer for me. It is a tremendous organization that provides, among other things, shelters, legal services and other support services to survivors of domestic violence. I have worked with Casa Myrna's advocates and am constantly amazed by the great work they do.
So, what can you do to help? First, Casa Myrna depends on contributions to support it's great programs. I have committed to raise at least $7,500, and hopefully more. I need your help and support. Second, you can help me bring attention to the issue of domestic violence. Finally, I need your support on April 20 to make it to Boylston.
Thank you in advance for your support and please read below for some more information about Casa Myrna and it's great work.
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!