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Wellspring Wins $10,000 Challenge Gift as Part of 2016 Purple Purse Challenge

Thanks in large part to the work of more than 20 volunteers, and 100% participation by their board of directors, Wellspring raised more than $32,000 in the first week of the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge, placing 4th (fourth) place in their division out of 100 competing agencies across the nation.  In doing so, they secured a $10,000 challenge gift that the Allstate Foundation awarded to the five (5) charities that raised the most money in the first week of the friendly competition.

More than 150 individuals, businesses, and organizations made gifts during the first week of the month-long fundraising competition, which benefits charities that support victims of domestic violence.  The Challenge continues through October 25, with the top teams vying for grand prize cash donations totaling $325,000 from The Allstate Foundation.   Currently, Wellspring sits in 4th place, which would earn them another $20,000 bonus.

Maggie Fronk, executive director of Wellspring, said, “This incredible support reaffirms one of our community’s great strengths—the willingness of many individuals to work together to support one another.  We are touched by the breadth of support in this first week, and inspired by the leadership set forth by our board of directors.”  She added, “This shows just how deeply people care about the issues of relationship and sexual abuse, and the community members served by Wellspring.  It is evidence that together, we can achieve our vision of a community free of relationship and sexual abuse.”

In the first week of the Competition:

  • All 14 members of the Wellspring Board of Directors supported the challenge
  • 88 first-time donors gave $8,230 to Wellspring
  • 22 volunteers helped cast a wide net, which included securing $1,500 from 15 donors NOT from New York

Wellspring will use the money raised through the Purple Purse Challenge to support their comprehensive approach to helping victims of domestic violence—services such as shelter, a 24-Hour hotline, counseling, and legal advocacy.  The funds will also help expand the programs that focus on prevention, issue awareness, and social change, such as partnerships with local schools and law enforcement.

To help donors follow the Challenge, Wellspring has a webpage: https://www.crowdrise.com/DomesticViolenceServices-PurplePurse2016/.

Anyone interested in supporting the work of Wellspring by participating in the Challenge are urged to make a gift and help spread the word about the Agency and their work in Saratoga County. Other ways to support Wellspring and the challenge include spreading raising awareness about Wellspring and the challenge via social media and email, through a social outing, and organizing a ‘dress-down’ Friday, or a dining out night to raise money and awareness.

ABOUT WELLSPRING: At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse.  Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management.    While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence.  Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.

ABOUT THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

ABOUT CROWDRISE 
CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions dollars to date. For more information visit CrowdRise.

How to you do Purple?

It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, as always many folks are sporting purple to raise awareness. Some folks get up in the morning and choose a purple  scarf or earrings. But if you're looking to make a month-long commitment, our friends at Canvas Hair Salon on Front Street in Ballston Spa are  offering this shade of purple, supporting Domestic Violence Awareness for the month of October. $10 per strand, part of the proceeds will go to Wellspring in Saratoga.
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How to you do Purple?

It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, as always many folks are sporting purple to raise awareness. Some folks get up in the morning and choose a purple  scarf or earrings. But if you're looking to make a month-long commitment, our friends at Canvas Hair Salon on Front Street in Ballston Spa are  offering this shade of purple, supporting Domestic Violence Awareness for the month of October. $10 per strand, part of the proceeds will go to Wellspring in Saratoga.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry … and support Wellspring

It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month and NaNola Restaurant hosting  a benefit for Wellspring. Enjoy mouth- watering treats, live entertainment by Sara Donnellan, and help bring us one step closer to Wellspring's vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community.


NaNola is located at 2639   Route 9Malta, NY 

Eat, Drink, Be Merry … and support Wellspring

It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month and NaNola Restaurant hosting  a benefit for Wellspring. Enjoy mouth- watering treats, live entertainment by Sara Donnellan, and help bring us one step closer to Wellspring's vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community.


NaNola is located at 2639   Route 9Malta, NY 

Wellspring to Participate in 2016 Allstate Purple Purse Challenge

Wellspring to Participate in 2016 Allstate Purple Purse Challenge

October is domestic violence awareness month.  In Saratoga County, domestic violence is the #1 cause of family homelessness, the 2nd most prosecuted violent crime, and the #1 cause of homicide.  For 35 years, Wellspring has been providing crisis intervention and support services, as well as community programming and prevention education.  Now, with the help of a national challenge, Wellspring hopes to be able to make their services even more robust and accessible.

Beginning on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Wellspring will take part in a month-long fundraising campaign as part of the 2016 Purple Purse Challenge, a month-long fundraising competition for charities benefiting domestic violence survivors compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations totaling $325,000 from The Allstate Foundation.  The Challenge, an annual competition hosted on CrowdRise, is a public fundraising and awareness campaign that Challenge provides an opportunity for organizations that support domestic violence survivors to increase their donor base and push for vital funds as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This is the first time Wellspring has competed in the Challenge, which last year raised nearly $3.1 million for 161 domestic violence organizations throughout the United States.

Wellspring executive director Maggie Fronk said, “This challenge represents an extraordinary opportunity for our supporters to work together for a common cause—to end relationship and sexual abuse in our community. The great thing about this challenge is that one-hundred percent of the proceeds come to Wellspring, no strings attached.  This means that every gift will support the needs of our clients and our work to end relationship and sexual abuse in our community by providing things such as: shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, youth prevention programs, and social change initiatives.”

She added, “For anyone who would like to help Wellspring during the challenge, there are a number of opportunities.  First, visiting our Purple Purse page on September 28, 2016, and making a gift will help Wellspring start out strong—every gift matters, big or small.  Second, Wellspring is looking for volunteers to help raise money for the campaign.  People interested in fundraising for the challenge can sign up at https://www.crowdrise.com/DomesticViolenceServices-PurplePurse2016/.  Other ways to support the Wellspring and the challenge include spreading raising awareness about Wellspring and the challenge via social media and email, through a social outing, and organizing a ‘dress-down’ Friday, or a dining out night to raise money and awareness.

In order to count toward an organization’s total, donations must be received by Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. ET. Along with $115,000 in weekly bonus challenges, the organization in each division that raises the most money will receive a $100,000 grant; second place will receive $50,000; third place will win $25,000; fourth place earns $20,000; and fifth place will get $15,000.

The Purple Purse Challenge is part of The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program, which aims to help end domestic violence and financial abuse through financial empowerment. In its 12th year, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has propelled more than 800,000 victims on the path to safety and security, and has invested more than $50 million to empower women to break free from abuse through life-changing financial education, job training, readiness, and small business programs for survivors.  Locally, Wellspring also offers a financial literacy-training program in conjunction with Soroptomist International of Saratoga County, ‘Project Hope & Power.’

About Wellspring

At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse.  Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management.    While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence.  Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.

ABOUT THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

ABOUT CROWDRISE CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions dollars to date. For more information visit CrowdRise.

100 Days… to a more peaceful holiday season for everyone

Is Black Friday your favorite day of the year... or Cyber Monday? Are you  a last minute shopper racing around the mall on Christmas Eve? Or maybe someone who pays that additional  one-day delivery shipping fee to be sure their presents get there in time. Or are you that rare person who smiles (smugly?) when hearing friends talk about the crowds in the mall on December 22nd and says, "oh all my gifts have been wrapped and ready since before Thanksgiving."

Each year I seem  to be spending a little less time at the mall and more time shopping on-line. There's nothing more fun  than getting my shopping done while curled up in a chair next to the woodstove... and two days later coming home to a stack of boxes with really unique gifts for everyone on my list. And when then I go to the mall to buy one last gift so I get to experience the decorations, the music, kids sitting on Santa's lap... all the excitement of holiday shopping but only one line, no parking hassles  and no pressure.

How we shop varies from person to person, but we all give to show love, to bring joy and to make the world a little better. Want to expand  your giving and bring some extra smiles, without any additional cost or effort? When I shop on-line I do my shopping through amazonsmile. It's as easy as using amazon.com (same company, same wish list, same amazon prime advantages, same account settings) but when I use amazonsmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of every purchase to Wellspring. So while I'm giving to those I love, amazon is giving to support a nonprofit in my community. I, of course, select Wellspring (registered as Domestic Violence Services) as my charity of choice. Signing up takes less minute... really. it's 6 easy steps. Go to: 


Questions? Learn More about Amazon Smile

Sign in (or set up new account)

Search for and select Domestic Violence Services Inc.

Check box that says: Yes, I understand that I must always start at Smile.Amazon.com to support Domestic Violence Services, Inc.

Start Shopping
 
Now as you're spreading holiday joy, Amazon will be giving money back  to your community to help end domestic violence. What better gift is there this holiday season than making sure everyone is safe at home.
 
May we all have peace this holiday season. Thank you for your support.

100 Days… to a more peaceful holiday season for everyone

Is Black Friday your favorite day of the year... or Cyber Monday? Are you  a last minute shopper racing around the mall on Christmas Eve? Or maybe someone who pays that additional  one-day delivery shipping fee to be sure their presents get there in time. Or are you that rare person who smiles (smugly?) when hearing friends talk about the crowds in the mall on December 22nd and says, "oh all my gifts have been wrapped and ready since before Thanksgiving."

Each year I seem  to be spending a little less time at the mall and more time shopping on-line. There's nothing more fun  than getting my shopping done while curled up in a chair next to the woodstove... and two days later coming home to a stack of boxes with really unique gifts for everyone on my list. And when then I go to the mall to buy one last gift so I get to experience the decorations, the music, kids sitting on Santa's lap... all the excitement of holiday shopping but only one line, no parking hassles  and no pressure.

How we shop varies from person to person, but we all give to show love, to bring joy and to make the world a little better. Want to expand  your giving and bring some extra smiles, without any additional cost or effort? When I shop on-line I do my shopping through amazonsmile. It's as easy as using amazon.com (same company, same wish list, same amazon prime advantages, same account settings) but when I use amazonsmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of every purchase to Wellspring. So while I'm giving to those I love, amazon is giving to support a nonprofit in my community. I, of course, select Wellspring (registered as Domestic Violence Services) as my charity of choice. Signing up takes less minute... really. it's 6 easy steps. Go to: 


Questions? Learn More about Amazon Smile

Sign in (or set up new account)

Search for and select Domestic Violence Services Inc.

Check box that says: Yes, I understand that I must always start at Smile.Amazon.com to support Domestic Violence Services, Inc.

Start Shopping
 
Now as you're spreading holiday joy, Amazon will be giving money back  to your community to help end domestic violence. What better gift is there this holiday season than making sure everyone is safe at home.
 
May we all have peace this holiday season. Thank you for your support.

Sportscasters Aren’t DiscussingThese Concussions

Car racing fans are will be missing a favorite driver in races throughout the rest of 2016. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been off the track for several races already due to a  concussion and it was recently announced that he'll miss the remaining races of the season.  In recent years, athletics teams have been much more diligent  in implementing concussion protocols to better evaluate, monitor and treat brain injuries to minimize the risk of long-term health problems.  Each head injury is unique and recovery may take days, weeks or months... or may result in permanent injury. From football fields to the boxing ring, to racecars, and from Little Leagues to the major leagues,  there's increased concern for addressing neurological damage due to head injuries.

Even with protective gear, helmets, and attentive medical professionals, athletes and coaches are concerned  about the life-altering damage that can be caused by a single, or by repeated, head trauma. There's a group of people who may suffer these same damaging blows  to the head, but they lack protective gear, immediate medical attention, or  protocols to assist them post injury. They may  experience lasting neurological damage that impairs their daily functioning... and no one identified the reason. According to the article Fists Not Football: Brian Injuries  Seen in Domestic Assaults, "the injuries leave some survivors so impaired that they can't manage their jobs and lives. Some even end up homeless". For many of these victims, the cognitive decline was gradual, the result of  repeated injuries, many which never  resulted in any medical intervention. In the article, Susan Contreras talks discusses mysterious seemingly unrelated physical conditions, headaches, memory loss, and confusion that she'd never associated with the physical abuse.
"He would hit me mainly in the head
so that nobody would see the injuries...
there's so many holes in my memory, thinking problems," she said. 
 "My memory is really gone."
 
This isn't just a random, small population. According to the Center for Disease Control, in the US,  about one quarter of  women and 14% of men have experienced  severe physical assaults by a partner. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, we can help. Call Wellspring to discuss your concerns and your options. All services are free and confidential.
 
 
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