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August 21, 2019

How you can help break the cycle of domestic violence

Written by Kristen Kalupski
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Domestic violence affects everyone: women, men, teens, and the elderly, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. At Investis Digital, we’re doing our part to help break the cycle of domestic violence through our relationship with organizations such as DomesticShelters.org and Theresa’s Fund. We just wrapped up a water drive to benefit six domestic violence shelters in the Phoenix area, and we encourage you to help, too.

What Are DomesticShelters.org and Theresa’s Fund?

As noted on the DomesticShelters.org website, this organization is the first and largest digital directory of domestic violence programs and shelters in the United States and Canada. The organization provides tools and information for people experiencing and working to end domestic violence.

Theresa’s Fund is an Arizona-based 501(c)3 non-profit charity founded in 1992. The organization is dedicated to stopping domestic violence through activities ranging from grant making to fundraising. Theresa’s Fund developed DomesticShelters.org in 2014. 

DomesticShelters.org and Theresa’s Fund provide resources, support, and hope. And they rely on everyone’s support.

How Investis Digital Is Helping

For years, we’ve supported various organizations fighting to end domestic violence. For example, in July, we conducted a water drive to benefit six domestic violence shelters in the Phoenix area.

These shelters assist victims from all walks of life, ranging from teens to the elderly. Victims living in shelters face many hardships, one of them being financial. It is not uncommon for victims to flee abusive relationships without any financial means at all. They may have escaped domestic violence with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.

In addition, victims fleeing domestic violence might bring their children and even pets to live at a shelter. So a donation of water for shelters – especially during a Phoenix summer – is crucial to helping shelter residents and their families with essentials for living.

Throughout July, five Investis Digital teams in our Phoenix office pledged to raise money for these causes. The team at Theresa’s Fund used Crowdrise to set up web pages for each Investis Digital team. From there, our team members relied on the power of digital word of mouth to make it easy for people to donate. Our teams raised $2,515. The winning team, Team Lottawatta, raised $1,105 in one month.

Domesticshelters.org has already purchased the desperately needed water for each of the six shelters, equating to 24,336 ounces of water for shelter residents to drink amid a blistering hot summer. Afterward, Domesticshelters.org heard from Cheryl Hurd, director of community engagement for Sojourner Center, one of the shelters that received the water. She wrote:

“This is awesome. Please thank the team for us. They are having such an impact in our community. Please let them know that the water is coming at just the right time as our supplies are low and the need is high. The outpouring of generosity and support they are demonstrating allows us to continue the work we do to overcome the impact of domestic violence, one life at a time. Hugs to all involved.”

As the winning team, Team Lottawatta will receive plenty of goodies and rewards, including an afternoon of offsite bowling at Bowlero North Scottsdale; a swag bag; and a “Lazy Monday” for each team member (they can sleep in on a Monday of their choice and come into the office at 11 a.m.). Thank you to everyone to participated and donated, and a special shout-out to:

  • Ashley Rumschlag, project director, Domesticshelters.org.
  • Chris McMurry, DomesticShelters.org.

Team Lottawatta

Representing Team Lottawatta are, left to right, Jamila Pierce, Michael Pasco, Brennan Flentge, and Regan Voita

  • Team Lottawatta:
  • Dave Johnson
  • Collin Cornwell
  • Evan Iezzi
  • Regan Voita
  • Michael Pasco
  • Sherry Chen
  • Jamila Pierce
  • Brennan Flentge
  • Jim Bader
  • Jed Hunt
  • Chris Humphrey

Most of all, we are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to six area domestic violence shelters in the Phoenix area.

How You Can Help

Now it’s your turn to help! The easiest way is to visit DomesticShelters.org and donate. It’s that simple. Please do your part to support those in need. Take a stand against domestic violence.

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