For nearly 50 years the Women’s Freedom Center has been dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence against women and their children.
In this unprecedented year of COVID & quarantine, we have adapted our services and facilities to meet growing community needs throughout Windham and southern Windsor counties. And although COVID drastically changed how we do our work, we never stopped providing support, resources, and shelter 24hrs/day, 7 days/week. Last year, in fact, we provided support to 1,163 survivors (711 women, 34 men, and 418 children). We also revitalized our outreach, education, and prevention programming by:
- Offering weekly online survivor support groups
- Facilitating online workshops on healthy relationships for area schools
- Raising awareness with a series of columns in the Brattleboro Reformer
- Partnering with the Brooks Memorial Library for the “Inspiring Change” bystander training
- Revamping our website and adding a chat-line service
While this work is more important than ever, it oftentimes lacks government or grant funding opportunities. For decades, our annual fundraisers, the Women’s Film Festival and Glove, Sweat & Cheers softball tournament, have provided the extra financial support necessary for this vital work. Unfortunately, due to COVID, this will be our 2nd year without that income.
This is where you come in: we need your support to raise $20,000 by June 15, 2021.
Our generous business friends – check them out below – have already pledged over $5,000 to help us continue this essential work.
You can help us get the rest of the way.
Together, we know we can meet this goal and turn your support into community outreach and education to meet our mission of ending violence against women and children.
Vickie Sterling, Executive Director
Thank you to the local businesses who have contributed to our 2021 Spring Appeal Campaign!