In my decade-plus involvement with Project Safe, first as a participant in some of the organizations fundraisers, and now as a board member, I can honestly say I have not come across a more well-run, fiscally-responsible organization. What Project Safe does with the funds, staff and other resources they have far outpaces other organizations much larger than them. Their stellar leadership, creative approach to fundraising and comprehensive support of the people they serve are unparalleled. I wish every community had an organization like Project Safe, and I know we are lucky that we do!
I'm constantly impressed with how this organization does so much with their funds and how much staff and volunteers care about the cause.
I first became aware of Project Safe after one of my daughters suffered from an episode of domestic abuse. While thee were resources available for her none were as detailed and helpful as those at Project Safe. I have since referred others to their services that include not only protection from partner abuse, but prevention, intervention, education and advocacy. I shortly thereafter became a willing and active participant in one of their fundraisers. The pouring out of support from the community and the effective and efficient way that the fundraiser was run assured me that this was not only one of the best non- profits around but one that I wanted to stay closely involved with.
As a school social worker, I see first hand the impact of domestic violence on children and teens. As educators, we need the support of strong community partners such as Project Safe to meet the basic needs of families for safety, emotional health, and healing. Thanks to the incredible director and staff at Project Safe, families and students in Athens receive the support needed in situations involving domestic violence. The new Breaking Silence teen texting line provides a new and innovative way to reach teens to prevent and intervene in situations of teen dating violence. It is an honor to serve on the Board of Directors of such a strong and steady non-profit organization.
When I moved to Athens in 2005, I knew no one in town with the exception of a few family members and Project Safe was my first connection to Athens and the people that work so hard to make this a better community. Finding Project Safe, led by such an incredible individual in Joan Prittie, and with a mission that was about serving those who are the most vulnerable in our community, was one of the most important events for me since moving to Athens. Over the past five years we have worked hard to reduce Project Safe’s dependency on grants and fickle federal funding, build a strategic plan that would support and improve the impact of the organization on its clients and help educate the community to create systematic change that works to stop the cycle of violence. Today, after more than five years of serving on Project Safe’s board and in various offices, I am sure that I have gained far more from my time with such an incredible organization than I could have ever hoped to contribute to it.
Project Safe is a world-class non-profit. I have served on a number of boards, both national and local, in the non-profit world. This organization has a terrific mission and carries it out extremely well. I honestly believe that it has the best "brand" of any local charity in this college town in which there are tons of really good charities who do excellent work. I was a longtime donor who was then asked to participate in the Dancing with the Athens Stars fundraiser. Through my participation in that, I learned what wonderful work was being done by the organization. I was eager to join the Board and to take a leadership position. The staff, headed up by an all-star executive director who possesses a good head for numbers combined with a great passion for the mission of protection of the victims of domestic violence, is hardworking and committed. Overhead is extremely low and the Board is an active and engaged one. All in all, a super organization doing much needed work on behalf of those who need the assistance. I recommend it highly to prospective donors and volunteers.
I was introduced to Project Safe by a friend and asked to serve on the board in 2007. I have had the pleasure of working not only with the board but also with multiple sub-committees designed to support the organization's major fundraising events. During my time serving this organization, I have been repeatedly humbled by the energy, drive, passion and persistence shown by all those who are involved. I have read letter's, observed artwork, and heard heart tugging stories of women and children in our community who contribute their ability to break free from the arms of domestic violence to Project Safe. I can not say enough to the credit of our Director Joan Prittee, who continues to work year after year, tirelessly towards our mission. I am very proud to be involved and will continue to support Project Safe for years to come. Day by day, One by One, Project Safe, saves lives.
I was introduced to this organization in law school by an amazing and inspirational woman who was on the board at the time. After graduating and remaining in the area to practice law in the public interest, I was honored to join the board in 2007 and continue to be amazed and humbled by the work and overall good that Project Safe provides to Athens and beyond. I've seen in the courtroom how well-respected the organization is by our judges, I've seen in meetings how meticulously the organization is run to maximize its resources and capabilities, and I've seen at our fundraisers how cherished Project Safe is by our community and by those it has served. Even though I no longer live or work in the immediate area, I make it a priority to stay involved, and plan to continue my involvement even after I rotate off the board because of the import of Project Safe's mission and the services it provides in furtherance of same.
I've had the honor to be involved with Project Safe since 2011 and am so pleased to have the opportunity to share my experiences on this site. Domestic violence is far more pervasive than most of us realize (1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes). To put it simply, Project Safe saves lives. Through its work in crisis intervention, prevention and education, and advocating for systems change, Project Safe provides immediate help to those who need it. Project Safe's Executive Director is a force of nature. Joan Prittie has a work style that can best be described as creative, compassionate and persistent. Joan's enthusiasm and passion are contagious and her work, and the work of Project Safe make a world of difference for the victims of domestic violence.
I have been on the board of Project Safe for three years. It is by far one of the most well-run, organized, and respected nonprofit in my immediate area, and I am so proud to be a part of it. I have seen the wonderful things that this organization has done in the lives of some close friends who are survivors of domestic violence. They say that they and their children may not still be alive if it were not for the staff members and volunteers at Project Safe. Executive Director Joan Prittie works tirelessly to do what is best for clients, and continues to amaze us all with her creative fundraising ideas. She is a wonderful steward of the organization's funds, and does her best to make sure the organization lives off of donated goods and services so that all money raised can go directly to helping victims in Athens and the surrounding areas. I can't say enough about this amazing group and the positives effects that it has on our community!