For many women trying to escape abusive relationships, six weeks in an emergency shelter is not enough. Victims might not have enough money saved to support themselves, they might not have a safe home to go to, they might need additional medical care, or they might need legal and immigration support.
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse provides the only domestic violence shelter in Palm Beach County that offers victims and their children free shelter and supportive services for extended periods of time. The Extended Shelter program provides survivors the time and resources necessary to mitigate the circumstances that keep them trapped in abusive relationships.
Although 1 in 4 adults live with a diagnosable mental health disorder, Florida ranks 49th in the nation in funding for mental health services. A mental health concern that isn’t addressed often becomes a mental illness leading to the need for more extensive services and the risk of greater consequences, including suicide.
This year the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $211,500 into mental health programs in Palm Beach County. We support 12 programs at 6 non-profit partner agencies in our community that serve a total of 15,229 individuals struggling with mental health concerns.
Our 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.
Louise Snyder has volunteered on our Allocation Committee for many years, helping ensure annual donations are carefully and thoughtfully put to good use funding programs in Palm Beach County that improve education, health and financial stability for our less fortunate neighbors. The Allocation Committee consists of about 100 community volunteers who spend more than 2,000 hours reviewing grant applications, attending site visits and meeting with team members to make important funding decisions. The volunteer-driven allocation process ensures fiscal responsibility and management accountability for all agencies receiving Town of Palm Beach United Way funds.
This year Louise is co-chairman of the committee. She is also on our Board of Trustees and a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Cabinet.
Below, Louise answers a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.