Many Ways to Give…Many Ways to Serve
In 2012, SCVP Madeline’s House – Piedmont Crisis Center learned that it had to relocate its safe house and offices from Fort Pickett. What a challenge for a small non-profit with minimal operating funds! This literally “took a village” to make happen, and so many of you were part of that village. SCVP quickly learned how many of you share in our mission to provide domestic and sexual assault victims the safety and services they need to become survivors.
Now that the relocation crisis has ended and SCVP is now in its new locations, we are looking to the future. We are developing services that address the communities’ needs, and making confidential services more accessible to victims. Far too often in rural areas, victims find themselves very isolated. They may not have access to a car, or the abuser may be with her nearly everywhere s/he goes. One such service that addresses this isolation is the satellite office. SCVP currently has 9 walk-in locations that are extremely confidential, even if the abuser is nearby.
It’s such services that are on the cutting edge of outreach to victims. But SCVP cannot continue in this proactive, progressive manner without supporters like you. Like so many things in life, one size does not fit all. This is true for how people choose to provide financial support to SCVP. Let’s look at the different ways you or your group can play an important role in assuring the support that’s needed to reach the more than 30,000 victims of violence in our 12 county service area.
Individual donations- – We are all familiar with the personal gift one makes to one’s favorite charity. These are the backbone of financial support for nonprofit organizations. It’s from these individual gifts that other types of support come. Mary has pledged to give $50 a month to SCVP and goes to the SCVP website (www.madelineshouse.org) online to make this donation. One day at work she is asked by her manager why she supports SCVP. After Mary tells him why the SCVP mission is so important to her, the manager suggests to the Community Relations Department that the company designate SCVP as recipient of money raised by their annual 5k event. As a result, an individual gift is turned into two gifts…a monthly pledge and a corporate gift. Later, she told her co-workers that meet for lunch each day about her pledge. This simple act turned into 4 more pledged gifts for SCVP. The beauty of a monthly pledge is that provides ongoing support for SCVP throughout the entire year…even through slow times.
Business and corporations – Most businesses and corporations budget a certain amount to benefit local nonprofits. There is usually an application process that needs to be completed for this budgeted money. They may hold an event to raise this money, or it may come back to the community as a tax write-off. Many companies also have a matching gift program in which they match their employees’ gifts. All the employee needs to do is ask for the match, and as a result double their gift to SCVP, turning $50 into $100, $500 into $1,000, etc.
Civic groups and churches – Many churches and civic groups designate a certain amount of their collections or dues as charitable donations to local non-profits. Some groups adopt a specific nonprofit to support for the year in a variety of ways. The might collect items (in-kind gifts) the nonprofit uses on a routine basis, or they may have an annual event like a concert where ticket sales are divided between their group and the nonprofit. One way to help spread their support for
SCVP throughout the year might be to commit to raising $120 / month every month in order to pay for 12 nights a year of safe haven at Madeline’s House. This is known as the $120 x 12 gift.
Schools, Colleges and Universities – Many campuses require their students to do community service for class. Students can organize a fundraiser / awareness event with proceeds going to SCVP. The same is true for fraternities and sororities. Several such events that are already organized to some degree that can be adopted by students are the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, hold a dance with admission to be donated to SCVP, or a good ol’ fashioned bake sale or car wash.
Legacies and Bequests – All of us want to leave our unique mark on the community in which we live. As we get older, we may start to thinking about how to designate some our belongings or money to a worthy cause. You can make SCVP the beneficiary of an insurance policy, or specify a percentage of your estate to go to a nonprofit. You may have a valuable collection or a piece of property that no one in the family is particularly fond of that would benefit the nonprofit.
Most of us associate writing a check to our favorite charity as the way to make a donation. However, in this digital age, all you need to do in most cases is to go online from your computer, iPhone, or tablet. SCVP has joined the digital age. You can make a credit card donation safely here on our website (www.madelineshouse.org) . You can make an occasional gift, an annual gift here or make a monthly pledge. Monthly pledges are billed to your credit card for the duration of the pledge. You can also use PayPal on our website.
Twice a year, SCVP will send you an update of our activities, or something important that is going on. We call these the Spring and Fall Annual Campaigns. In these mailings, you will receive a donation / pledge card for your use. On this card are many of the options mentioned above. So you see, no one size needs to fit all who support Madeline’s House – Piedmont Crisis Center. If you are reading this article, chances are you already support our mission of safety and survivorship. Please consider making the gift that fits you.
Madeline’s House Opens Satellite Offices
Madeline’s House has established ten satellite offices throughout its 12 county service area. This outreach initiative will enable victims of domestic and sexual violence in this predominantly rural area to have easier access to critical services. Currently satellite offices are located in 6 strategically chosen counties allowing the greatest access to everyone in this very large service area. Future plans are to have at least one satellite office in all 12 counties.
Among services offered at these satellite offices are: personal case management and individual supportive counseling, safety planning, victim / court advocacy, assistance with obtaining protective orders and document recovery, life skills assessment and training options, assistance with job and house searches, assistance in seeking appropriate legal and medical counsel, information and referral assistance, and arrangements for sheltering if needed. All services are free and no appointment is needed. Call 1.888.819.2926 for location and satellite office hours.
Madeline’s House will continue serving victims of violence at its shelter location as it has done for 14 years. This new satellite office program is just one more way victims of abuse can reach out for help.
In addition to this new outreach effort, presentations and workshops remain available to community and professional groups. If your group would like to schedule a presentation or workshop, or if you have a personal question, call our office at 434.292.1077 or 1.888.819.2926. Our professional staff are trained and certified in many areas related to domestic and sexual violence.