BENEFITING: Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.
Hello, my name Jordonna Levin and in celebration of my Bat Mitzvah I have chosen this as my mitzvah project. In 1995 my aunt, for whom I was named, passed away. I never had a chance to meet her. My Aunt Donnah didn't pass on from natural causes. At the time, she was a perfectly healthy 31 year old wife and mother. My aunt was a victim of domestic violence. In 2010, on the 15 year anniversary of her death, my grandparents established "Donnah's Fund" at Women in Distress. Women in Distress is the only nationally accredited, full-service shelter in Broward County for women (and now men) who are victims of domestic violence. Their mission statement is, "To stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy". I can relate to this because when we intervene, we are brave enough to stop people from fighting and to stand up for what is right. When we educate, we can teach others about how to get involved and be proactive. When we advocate, we support what we believe in. Which in this case, I am a true advocate for Women in Distress. In Fourth grade, I did a project in which I helped make "welcome home" baskets for newcomers to the shelter at Women in Distress. Each basket had necessities like towels, sheets, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets and soap. They are placed in the rooms at the safe house to welcome home the families that believe they no longer have a home to go to. Now, as I get ready to become a bat mitzvah, I want to do something that is even closer to my heart. More specifically, Donnah's Fund. The goal of Donnah's Fund is to empower domestic violence victims to live safely and independently. The donations will go to providing support for housing payments and deposits, furnishings, and other items needed for the residents who complete three months in the shelter. This is their opportunity to make a safe household for themselves and their children. All proceeds will go to Donnah's Fund. My Grandma told Women in Distress, "We feel confident that Donnah would be proud to have a fund in her name so women who have separated from their abusers can have the opportunity to make a new start in their lives." Please help me to continue the legacy of Donnah's Fund. Thank you so much!!!!! Love, Jordonna Levin
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."