Supporting Survivors: How YOU Can Help This Holiday Season

Supporting Survivors: How YOU Can Help This Holiday Season

Every year, thousands of women and children flee abusive relationships and enter domestic violence shelters nationwide. These shelters provide stability and safety for survivors. But despite all that shelters do, the holidays can be difficult for those living in them.

These survivors need our support and our love. How can YOU make this holiday season a little brighter for those living in domestic violence shelters?

Abuse Survivors, Shelters, and the Holidays

The holidays are a time of joy and togetherness for many. But for domestic abuse survivors living in shelters, the holidays can magnify feelings of sadness, isolation, and fear. Some either don’t have a connection with family or don’t have the means or transportation to visit. Others feel guilt and shame about not being able to buy presents for their children. And it’s common for those freshly out of an abusive relationship to feel a sense of loneliness and loss, even though the relationship was unhealthy.

Thankfully, many survivors have access to incredible nonprofit organizations that can make their holidays a little brighter. 

YOU can be a bright light for these survivors, too. When you donate your time or resources to a domestic violence shelter or other support organization, you give hope and healing to those who need it most. 

How to Support Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Early on in our business, we chose to support Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) in Madison, WI. Like so many others, I grew up in an abusive household. That experience fueled me to make a difference in the lives of other survivors. I wanted to ensure our business supported domestic abuse prevention organizations, and DAIS stood out as exceptional. 

Read more about our partnership with DAIS here. 

This holiday season, we urge you to support DAIS in one of the following ways:

Physical donations

DAIS provides all sorts of necessities for the women and children who utilize their programs: clothing, food, toys, toiletries, and household items, among other essentials. 

You can support DAIS by donating these items. Even if you don’t live anywhere near Wisconsin, you can provide exactly what the shelter needs most through their Amazon Wishlist. Your donation can be shipped directly to the DAIS office. It’s the easiest and fastest way to support survivors and their families.

Financial donations

Like most nonprofits, DAIS relies heavily on private donations. We know not everyone can lend financial support. But if you are able, rest assured that the DAIS staff will stretch every dollar to make the maximum impact. Every little bit helps!

You can also join with others in your community to support DAIS and similar survivor support programs in your area. Consider hosting a fundraiser, collecting donations from neighbors or co-workers, or doing a social media campaign to raise money for DAIS.

Click here to donate and find other ways to support DAIS financially. 

Sharing the DAIS story with others

Even if you aren’t in a position to donate, everyone can help. Please share this blog with others, talk about the great work DAIS does for abused women and children, and spread the word. Perhaps that “share” on social media or that mention over coffee will lead someone to DAIS – either because they need the support or they want to get involved. 

Volunteer

If you are in the Madison area, there are plenty of ways you can help in person. No matter your skills or availability, there’s a role for you. DAIS has plenty of volunteer positions open, from gardening to cooking to answering helpline phone calls or observing court hearings.

Click here to learn more about DAIS volunteer opportunities.

How to Support Your Local Shelter

We absolutely adore our nonprofit partner, DAIS. However, there are hundreds of other reputable organizations nationwide, each struggling to provide desperately needed services to those experiencing abuse. 

Click here to find the domestic abuse shelter closest to you. Every nonprofit needs local support to continue their work. YOU can be part of the solution.

How can you support your local shelter? Each organization has different needs, but it’s a good bet they need financial support, donations of supplies, and volunteers. Contact your local shelter and ask how you can get involved. 


Finally, if you are in need of support, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline website, call them at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text “START” to 88788.
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