Looking for an opportunity to get out of the house, get a little exercise, have some fun and make a difference? Join HAVEN’s team at the OLHSA Annual Walk for Warmth on February 27 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Why would one non-profit support another non-profits fundraising event? Sometimes the community has the perception that we non-profit organizations are highly competitive and not very collaborative. Well at times that might be true but the real truth is that we do partner and collaborate daily, working together to best serve the community. At HAVEN, we do great work on the issues of domestic and sexual violence, working hard to meet the needs of those that seek our help. But our clients also have needs beyond our scope of expertise and/or funding limitations. With OLHSA (Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency) as one example, they have some great programming to assist community members with utility and housing needs, something that HAVEN has very limited resources.
On the flip side, OLHSA has a program to assist prisoners who are reentering the community after incarceration. HAVEN’s role with that program is to conduct training to the OLHSA staff on how to recognize domestic and sexual violence, how to work with batterers and appropriate interventions and to refer victims to us for support. And these are just two examples of how we work together, partnering to better our shared community.
So back to the Walk for Warmth. For many years, the HAVEN staff, under the leadership of one of our advocates, Margaret Yellin, has put together a team to help raise funds to support OLHSA’s ability to assist community members, including HAVEN clients, with utility assistance. Most of us can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! So join Margaret, join me and join the HAVEN team on February 27.
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