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May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

DVCC touches more people in the community than any other social service agency and addresses a need that no one else can meet. I have seen first hand the impact of DVCC when answering hotline calls from women who are terrified and have no where else to turn. We provide a safe place and a friendly voice, and hopefully, we are able to make a woman and her children feel just a little less alone.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing an increased awareness of domestic violence in our community, seeing a rise in calls to our hotline, and seeing our safe houses at capacity.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

After going through the training and certification program for DVCC (which is very emotional on so many levels -- from despair to an overwhelming sense of hope) I knew I wanted to be involved in a pro-active program within DVCC. I was encouraged to look into the community educational programs and immediately focused on the childrens' program -- reaching out to children in nursery school (yes, nursery school 3 and 4 year olds) thru second graders! The program is Stop Take 5 and Think ... and utilizies puppets! I was a puppeteer and loved every moment of the experience. The children understood angry feelings and hurt feelings and were eager to problem solve and come up with positive solutions rather than using hurtful words or fists. They also realize that there are consequences for hurting someone on the inside with words just as severe as the child who may hurt someone on the outside by hitting. The program proves that children are capable of empathy, know right from and wrong and truly are honest, helpful and loving at their core. The program is available to all schools within our community. Schools invite us back year after year and the children remember us and the lesson we leave them with even though it may 12 months later from our last visit! I am very passionate about this program and believe it is critical to childhood development. I moved out of the country two years ago and have lobbied very hard to bring this program my adopted home because I know the good that this program is capable of within a community. Additonally their PeaceWorks and e-voices newsletter are a welcome and creative addition to the Center!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

please see above comments.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to work with children (especially my nephews and their classmates) in the schools in my community -- by teaching them to understand and believe in the importance of respectful behavior especially when a disagreement arises.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, compassionate and professional!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer the community educational programs to every grade in every school in our community rather than in just the schools that have a budget for our services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

DVCC does the work of a million, with just a small, dedicated and amazing staff. They are highly organized and run by a fearless leader. Their coverage area is large and one of the richest in the country, making their expenses also one of the largest. Just securing space and resources is a huge time committment and this agency reaches out to every dark corner of Domestic Violence - from medical professionals to legal and court help, counseling to women and children to prevention in the schools.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the children come in and physically be able to breathe easier knowing they're in a safe environment and Mommy may be able to get help.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I'm even a small part for the greater good of eliminating intimate partner violence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spend more time on doing what they do best - helping to prevent, heal and end domestic violence and the cycle of abuse that carries on for generations instead of having to spend countless hours fundraising, writing grants, etc

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

This agency is dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence and helping them get on with their lives. It offers counseling, safe houses, court assistance and much more. The staff is dedicated and works tirelessly. It is also involved with prevention starting with programs for kindergartners up to anti-bullying prgrams for teenagers. Once you become involved with this agency, it's got you for life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a sense of self worth by being a part of it. I have been fortunate to have never needed the services of an agency like this but it is rewarding to see how it helps others.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand services, not have to worry about budget constraints, offer housing solutions in the high cost area it serves

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center has always ranked as one of the two organizations I most admire in my community. I began my association with them by attending their annual luncheon. I was then asked to be on the luncheon committee and finally to fill a position on the Board of Trustees. The DVCC provides comfort and safety for abused women and their children in the form of safe houses in two of the seven communities which we serve. It also provides counseling and advocacy, both judicial and medical. And, of equal importance, it enters the schools in each of the communities on every age level and provides courses for the students teaching them the skills needed to be a responsible member of society.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

spending time at both of it's offices and visiting it's safehouses as well as serving on the Board of Trustees

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff and the Board of trustees are totally committed and word towards the common goal of providing safety and comfort to our clients

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All are devoted to the cause of eliminating domestic violence

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Concentrate our efforts on helping our clients and be freed from the time consuming work of having to raise the funds to accomplish our goals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

The DVCC provides support, education, and advocacy (including medical and legal advocacy) for victims of violence who come seeking a safe place and services for themselves and their families. DVCC is committed to providing respectful, non-judgemental and discreet care and counsel by ensuring that all those at the agency who provide client facing services are adequetely educated and trained. The agency strives for excellence in all it does and continues to create programs to stop violence before it starts as evidenced in PeaceWorks, the part of the agency that educates children on how to deal with anger and respond to bullying behaviors.Teen dating violence is actively addressed in collaboration with high school students and the agency. Fund raising events are held to support the solvency of the agency so that services will continue to be available for this most vulnerable population.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how they utilize outreach to members of the community, through schools, hospitals, the court system and corporations to spread the word about intimate partner violence, and to educate on the services available for victims.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see the vision of a campus setting for the agency realized and supported by state and federal government funding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion of those who work or volunteer for this cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cordial, kind, passionate and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more services, expand the agency to include more beds, educational opportunities for victims, access to legal counsel and medical care for the uninsured.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give to the agency.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to regularly secure state funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Domestic violence is not pretty, and often people do not think about it or believe it could pertain to them or those in their lives. But that is just not true. We need to continually reach out to those who live in the shadows of DV.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

DVCC is a great organization helping abused women and their children leave abusive situations, while reclaiming their rights and their life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have participated in several events to advance the cause to end domestic violence.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

DVCC is an incredibly dynamic agency that offers comprehensive legal, counseling, and safe house services to victims of IPV. Its Peace Works programs reach a majority of the school children in our area with violence prevention education. It offers vital training to teachers and administrators, police and judges, doctors, nurses, and EMT's. DVCC is active locally and state-wide in advocating for stronger laws and more effective practices for victims and potential victims.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a witness to the transformation and growth of the agency in the last few years into a highly professional service provider.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people are great. The mission is always clear and vitally important.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Incredibly dedicated and highly professional. They are also really nice people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a centralized center with safe house, legal, counseling, housing advocacy, medical advocacy, administration, and space for collaborating agencies to deliver services on site.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

This is a dynamic agency on the move, serving over 4,000 individuals and their children annually. We also reach out to over 30,000 students in our communities with our PeaceWorks prevention education program. Working with the DVCC is an empowering and enlightening experience. The staff is professional and tremendously dedicated. The clients and their needs are ALWAYS the first priority. We have expanded into legal and medical advocacy and the services just keep getting better. This is truly a worthwhile cause.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing women move from lives of crisis and pain, to lives of fulfillment and joy.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is dynamic, growing and achieving. It is remarkable what has been accomplished by persistence and fortitude and a strong believe that no one should have to suffer interpersonal violence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, enthusiastic and totally committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a campus center to house all our services and expand further into helping our communities eradicate interpersonal violence from the ground up.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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