Friday, January 25, 2019

Kudos to our Volunteers!

Dove is blessed to have many Volunteers join us in our programs and the work we do.  We would like to take a moment to highlight a few of our amazing volunteers within the Domestic Violence Program, and some of the milestones that were reached in November, 2018.
 

Lesley Dowell (R) is a dedicated volunteer who is always around when we need her. She has recently dedicated herself to assisting with the legal advocates, be it helping with Orders of Protection or attending court hearings with our survivors to help support and advocate for them. Lesley also is a volunteer who doesn’t hesitate to help cover the shelter when needed. It is my pleasure to share that Lesley has reached her second milestone and surpassed 100 hours of volunteer service within our program. Thanks Lesley for all you do!




Janet Broderick, (L), is one of our hardest working volunteers as well. Janet has filled a number of amazing roles, using her extensive backgrounds and trainings to make an impact in our program. She has helped with creating better tools to assist during crisis intervention with survivors who disclose suicidal or self-harm struggles. She has helped with shelter coverage and children’s services on numerous occasions. Janet focuses her talents heavily on assisting with legal advocacy, as well as using her specialized training and licensing to offer volunteer therapy sessions to victims of domestic violence. Needless to say, there are some services that literally wouldn’t happen if not for Janet’s volunteering. It is my pleasure to share that Janet has reached her first milestone and surpassed 50 hours of volunteer service within our program. Thanks Janet for all you do!


Jared Bohland, Client Services Coordinator



Janet and Leslie from the 2017 Candlelighting Ceremony where they were recognized for the contributions to the Domestic Violence Program

Friday, January 18, 2019

Next Goal - 3 Million!


Military Coupons for Overseas Military Families

Since 2012 Dove’s RSVP has been encouraging volunteers and community members to collect manufactured coupons and send them to military families serving overseas. Families overseas do not have access to manufactured coupons, but if someone sends coupons to them, they can use them up to six months past their expiration date.


Since becoming the RSVP Director in 2013, we have continued this program and expanded it to what we see today. When I look at how beneficial this program is to military families, I wanted to be sure it could continue. The RSVP Advisory Council were on board to do whatever it would take to maintain including reaching into their own pockets to ensure shipping costs were covered for each box.  I am happy to announce that due to volunteers, churches, and community members in December 2018 we reached our 2 MILLION coupon goal. That’s right with your help, and the generosity of financial donors paying the shipping costs for 114 boxes the RSVP of Macon and DeWitt County has shipped 2,026,017 coupons to military bases around the World.


Here is how you can help, keep collecting those manufactured coupons and sending them into our office. Remember no store specific or restaurant coupons are allowed. We ask that your coupons not be expired for more than one month. Volunteer to sort and clip coupons, or should you feel inclined to donate shipping costs each box is about $17per box. One box can contain more than 20,000 coupons, and that equals a whole lot of savings for our military families living on tight budgets.


Thank you again for helping to reach our coupon goal. Here is to the next goal post on to 3 MILLION we go!


Charlie Gillaspie
RSVP Program Director  

Friday, January 11, 2019

19 Ways to Join With Dove in 2019



Financial support is always needed to keep the doors open, keep services offered and to keep our strong outreach to the community. Below are 19 other ideas join with Dove in 2019!

  1. Items drives for the clients of the Domestic Violence Program and Homeward Bound Program - check out current lists in the DoveTales Newsletter and on the website
  2. Food drive for the pantry in Clinton
  3. Check the projects page on the website to tackle a hands-on need at one of Dove’s facilities
  4. Become a RSVP Volunteer to put your time and talents of a lifetime to good use in one of more than 80 social service agencies, must be 55+ years of age - enrollment form on the website
  5. Collect manufacturer’s coupons to ship overseas for our military families
  6. Watch for fundraisers and attend when you can and encourage other to participate
  7. Encourage clothing donations to the Children’s Clothing Room, inside of Prairie Avenue Christian Church and share that resource to families in need
  8. Encourage financial donations for use in the MAX, Macon County Assistance eXchange and DAX, DeWitt County Assistance eXchange
  9. Volunteer! Take the needed training - Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training, 40-hour training, certified by ICADV, which allows individuals to volunteer in the Domestic Violence Program and/or BABES Volunteer Training for the upcoming semesters
  10. Attend Macon County Continuum of Care, Homeless Advisory Council, 2nd Thursdays of January, March, May, July, September, & November, 1:30 p.m., 788 E. Clay, Decatur
  11. Help with RSVP Days of Service - in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. in January and Veterans’s Day in November
  12. Share information on special awareness months - February on healthy dating relationships for teens, May is Older American’s Month, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, October is Red Ribbon Week
  13. Macon County Continuum of Care Community Breakfast, March, where the Point-In-Time numbers are released and plans for getting involved in reducing homelessness in our area is outlined
  14. Do a back-to-school drive for the children in the program
  15. Join your neighborhood group, organize your neighborhood, join in the city-wide National Night Out - 1st Tuesday evening in August
  16. Attend one or all of the Candlelighting Ceremonies in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October - Decatur, Clinton, Sullivan, Monticello and Shelbyville
  17. Encourage participation in the Annual Coats for Kids Drive, mid-October through November 30
  18. Gather toys and/or food for the Dove and Northeast Community Fund Basket Drive, serving more than400 families each year
  19. 19 Participate in events of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the week before Thanksgiving - Box City, overnight awareness for area students, concerts, abd films

Please use this as a guide - check the DoveTales newsletter, the news feed on the website - www.doveinc.org - the Facebook page and twitter for the most up to date news on the activities and needs at Dove



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