Welcome to the September 2015 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and Hope House staff and volunteers are busy planning activities. We will be raising awareness at area high school football games utilizing the NO MORE campaign, whose PSAs are often run during NFL games. We will have DVAM displays at local courthouses and community buildings. Community events for which we'll be staffing a booth in October will be focused on domestic violence awareness. For more information, including how you can get help with organizing our events or plan your own awareness activity at your school, business, church, or community group, please call Hope House at 608-356-9123. More information to follow in next month's e-bulletin!
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children & Youth
Signs of the Times: Why A Mighty Girl Supports Gender-Neutral Toy Signage: "As supporters of ending gender discrimination and stereotyping, we applaud Target’s decision – and the many other efforts like it happening both in North America and around the world – so we wanted to address some of the most common questions we’ve been hearing about gender-neutral signage and marketing: how it works, why it’s important, and how it fits into other efforts to change the way the world sees girls and boys.Gender-neutral marketing and merchandising is about much more than political correctness; instead, it’s a sign of the times, one that points to a shift away from strictly limited gender roles and towards a world where everyone can pursue their interests and talents without feeling like the odd one out"...Read more...Read related article: Target Hits the Bull's-Eye by Announcing an End to Gender-Based Signs in Sections of Its Stores
Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section
Resources & Training
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Trainings for Law Enforcement and Other Responders: The Department of Justice is offering free two day trainings in Wisconsin on sexual assault and on domestic violence. For more information, including training content, locations and dates, please see this flyer.
KidPower’s How to Recognize and Stop Workplace Bullying and Harassment: Check out this radio and video interview on workplace bullying and harassment and three related resources.