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Ways to Help

In addition to making a contribution to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund, you can get involved in ending domestic abuse.

 

Volunteer - domestic abuse programs rely on a solid core of volunteers to sustain their programs and services.  Volunteers staff crisis hotlines, provide advocacy to victims and their children or perform other duties that support programs such as delivering community education programs or organizing fundraising events.  Contact the program in your community by clicking on the Get Help Now link above to find current volunteer opportunities and training.

 

Donate - domestic violence programs have an ongoing need for donations of cash, office supplies, food for families residing in emergency shelter, clothing, household items and children's toys.  A new toy helps a child feel comfortable in the unfamiliar surroundings of the shelter.  If you have a special skill such as cosmetology, car repair, landscaping or other professional services, consider donating these as well.  Many domestic abuse programs will also accept the donation of used cell phones, which can be refurbished or recycled, with the proceeds benefiting domestic abuse programs.  Some phones can also be used to give victims emergency access to 9-1-1.

 

Write to Political Leaders - your state and federal congressional delegation need to know the importance of laws that support victim rights and increased funding for programs and services.  Tell them to introduce legislation that enhances the network of support available to victims and their children.

 

Purchase - Heirloom marriage certificates. Due to recent legislation, Commemorative marraige certificates are now available for purchase from the Vital Records Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. These commemorative certificates that are suitable for framing contain the state seal and are signed by the governor. Ten dollars from each heirloom marriage certificate goes to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (39-22-802, C.R.S.).