Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 5 ways the Town of Palm Beach United Way takes a stand against domestic violence abuse
The statistics related to domestic violence are staggering.
More than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. One in five women and 1 in 77 men has experienced rape in her or his lifetime.
One in four girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to NNEDV. Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the United States up to $13 billion each year.
Palm Beach County ranks 7th out of 67 counties in Florida for highest number of domestic violence offenses and 3rd highest for domestic violence homicides. In 2016, there were 4,921 reported domestic violence offenses in Palm Beach County, including six for murder, 64 for forcible rape, 1,014 for aggravated assault and 43 for stalking.
This year, The Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $213,000 in domestic violence services in Palm Beach County.
World Food Day: 6 ways the Town of Palm Beach United Way fights food insecurity in Palm Beach County
Each year the United Nations celebrates World Food Day to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger.
The Town of Palm Beach United Way also believes no person or family should go without food. This year, we invested $192,500 in food assistance programs in Palm Beach County.
Nearly 203,000 individuals are food insecure in Palm Beach County. About 61 percent of children attending Palm Beach County public schools are on the free and reduced cost lunch program. And, 560 elderly persons are on the waiting list for home-delivered meals.
Here are a list of partner agencies and programs the Town of Palm Beach United Way funded this year: Read more
The Town of Palm Beach United Way and its donors are proud to contribute $161,950 to support hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.
“Palm Beach County residents know firsthand the challenges that come from a disaster,” said Beth Walton, CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. “The communities that have been affected by these weather events will need incredible resources to recover. As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is ready to help those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters both in Palm Beach County and elsewhere.”
Each summer, traveling donors, volunteers and friends of the Town of Palm Beach United Way are asked to help spread the word by wearing their LIVE UNITED t-shirt in photographs. The person or group of people pictured wearing their t-shirt(s) the furthest distance from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office win essential travel gear and LIVE UNITED swag.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS:
Johannesburg, South Africa
8,063 miles from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way agency since 2001. AVDA’s domestic violence center offers an array of services for victims of domestic violence such as a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing, advocacy, counseling, and support to help victims live violence-free and independent lives. They also work in the community to educate and engage people of all ages in their commitment to prevent domestic abuse.
Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.
Jean Meisenzahl has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for 16 years. Jean serves on our Business and Professional Committee and Allocation Committee. We sat down with Jean to ask her a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.
August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day! A thrift shop is a resale retail store which is typically run by a charitable organization, in order to raise money for their charity. Thrift shops sell used goods that have been donated by the public, and are often staffed by volunteers. Because the items are donated, they can be sold at a lower cost, and because the staff is often volunteer based, more of the raised money can go towards charitable deeds.