EVENT: Purple Purse Challenge
Hi! My name is Lauren Vandermark and I am the current President of the YWCA's Junior Board. I have been involved with the YWCA of Nashville for over four years and truly believe that we can all make a difference in the impact domestic violence has on women, children and families in our community.
The Purple Purse Campaign marries two of my passions in life - the work of the YWCA and my love for animals. Jackson, our beloved Morkie, has brought so much joy and unconditional love to my family. We can't image our lives without him. That's why it is so important to keep families together - women, children and their pets.
This year the YWCA will be using the Purple Purse campaign to fund its Pet Project, an animal fostering program for victims of domestic violence. 1 in 4 victims of domestic violence say they are delayed in fleeing a violent situation for fear that their pet would be harmed if it was left behind. Currently, there are no domestic violence shelters in Tennessee where women have the ability to bring their pet with them. We need your help! Your support will assist in launching this vital program and will eliminate one more barrier between women, their children and their pets, reaching safety.
Nashville Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) wrote -
7 out of 10 that’s how many survivors of domestic violence say their abuser threatened, injured, or killed their pets.
1 in 4 that’s how many survivors say they delayed fleeing violent homes for fear that their pet would be harmed if she left it behind.
3 out of 4 that’s how many survivors of abuse say they stayed because of economic reasons.
By supporting the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee - YOU can help change these numbers.
The YWCA is launching the Pet Project, an animal fostering program for survivors of domestic violence. Your support can help take the control—both emotional and financial—away from abusers while protecting victims and providing safety to women and the animals they love.