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Rape Victim Advocates Takes the Challenge and Says NO MORE

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March 15, 2016

Friends: I am OVERWHELMED with gratitude for your generosity and support! While we didn't make it into the top 3 of the NO MORE Challenge (according  See more
Sharmili Majmudar

THE STORY:

I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the Executive Director of Rape Victim Advocates for 8 years, and today, I am asking you - my extraordinary, amazing community of people who believe in justice and compassion - to donate to RVA.

For over 40 years, our supporters have made it possible for thousands of survivors of sexual violence to transform their lives. Last year, Rape Victim Advocates provided services to over 20,000 survivors, loved ones, students ranging in age from 5 to 21, parents, teachers, law enforcement, hospital personnel, other professionals and community members. Thanks to our donors, RVA ensured that no survivor was ever alone and that every survivor was treated with dignity,  compassion and respect.

As you know, thanks to the state budget crisis, RVA faces a difficult future. The unprecedented State of Illinois budget crisis has threatened significant funding that enables us to be there when survivors of sexual violence need us most. Our ability to provide services is threatened. Yet we are trying to do everything possible to maintain our current level of service to sexual assault survivors. RVA is now at a critical juncture and needs your support today.

I have had the opportunity to be connect with so many survivors at RVA - many clients, but also among our staff, volunteers, board and friends.  I know how life-saving RVA has been to so many.  One of the amazing people I have met, Martha Alicia Montes Madrid, says:

RVA helped me find meaning in life. RVA helped me to believe in myself. And RVA helped me start living. I received an amazing gift from RVA – they believed my story and they believed in ME. I felt respected; I felt worthy – for the first time in my life. Because of RVA’s supporters’ kindness and generosity, many survivors like me start to experience a healing transformation. Thanks to RVA, I have blossomed as a woman and as an artist. I learned that dreaming is possible when you start healing. I am so grateful to my RVA counselor for guiding me on my healing journey. And I am so grateful to RVA for offering their services at no charge to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.

I hope that you take Martha's words to heart.  The impact of RVA in her life mirrors the stories of thousands of other survivors RVA has served since 1974.  Your support of Rape Victim Advocates will enable us to weather the state budget crisis and provide the effective, dependable, quality services all survivors deserve.  Here's what your donation could mean:

$ 50 means travel for one volunteer to and from an emergency room where they will provide essential information, advocacy and emotional support at any time, day or night.

$110 means you get one ticket to RVA’s annual fundraiser, Soirée in the City, on June 9th at Morgan Manufacturing. Funds raised support RVA's comprehensive services.

$250 supports one police training session to ensure that law enforcement                            treat survivors with dignity, respect and compassion.

$500 supports age-appropriate Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education books on safe and unsafe touch.

$1,000 provides five support group sessions for survivors so they can break isolation and heal together.

$2,000 helps support a 56-hour training for 30 new volunteers who commit to being on call 24 hours each month to support sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in the emergency room.

$2,500 provides one year’s worth of new, comfortable clothing for survivors in the emergency room to wear home when their clothing is taken as evidence as part of the rape kit

And of course, a donation of ANY SIZE makes a difference.

Join me in saying NO MORE and standing against sexual violence. Join me in raising $1000 to support comprehensive services for survivors. Join me so we can be here tomorrow for Martha and other survivors.

$5,655

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Michelle Hankin

     

  • Michelle Maldonado

    $50

  • Wendy

    $50

  • Terri Lischka

    $110

  • Betsy Rubinstein

    $25

  • Sheila King

    $50

  • Kip Adrian & Andrea Kovach

     

  • Deb Fletcher & Susanne Fairfax

    $25

  • lynne johnson

    $50

  • Steve McMillen

     

  • Leslie Wallin

    $25

  • Sheela Raja

     

  • Jen Hiselman

    $25

  • Jane Haldiman

    $25

  • amisha patel

    $50

  • Lyn Schollett

     

  • Jerry Cox

    $110

  • Rachel Abramson

    $25

  • Paula & Jerry Butler

    $110

  • Nell Maggio

    $50

  • Lindsey LaPointe

    $95

  • Andrea Densham

     

  • Larra Clark

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Beth Kallmyer

     

  • Mrs.Dhairyabala Majmudar

    $500

  • Dawn Dalton

    $50

  • Catherine Moran

    $50

  • Amber Mandley

    $20

  • Marty McConnell, M4

     

  • Sara Slawnik

    $25

  • Cassandra Gaddo

    $25

  • Michelle Vodenik

    $100

  • Carrie Newton

    $50

  • Sharmili Majmudar

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

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377% Raised of$1,500 Goal

The Team: $47,592 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Rape Victim Advocates

Amount Raised

$12,976

 

13% Raised of$100,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Courtney Revis

Amount Raised

$7,675

 

512% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sharmili Majmudar

Amount Raised

$5,655

 

377% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bill Kral

Amount Raised

$2,200

Fundraiser Title

Jane Flotte

Amount Raised

$1,585

Fundraiser Title

Tirzah Blanche

Amount Raised

$1,475

 

98% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kat Stuehrk

Amount Raised

$1,295

 

86% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Megan Blomquist

Amount Raised

$1,215

 

122% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Sharmili Majmudar

Sharmili Majmudar

In honor of our extraordinary staff and volunteers 3 years ago

Carrie Newton

Carrie Newton

DONATION: $50

In honor of a friend you helped 3 years ago

Michelle Vodenik

Michelle Vodenik

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Cassandra Gaddo

Cassandra Gaddo

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Sara Slawnik

Sara Slawnik

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Marty McConnell, M4

Marty McConnell, M4

3 years ago