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