Ways to Engage
Make a difference in your community by helping survivors of domestic violence and their families. There are four main ways you can become engaged with the work of Grace Smith House: by donating, by organizing, by speaking up, and by becoming an open door for a victim of abuse.
There are lots of different ways to donate. You can donate much-needed funds to help keep our programs running. You can contribute items we need in our emergency shelter and community programs. You can give your time by volunteering, either on a regular basis, or for a special project. Or, you can help us secure a future through philanthropy, now or later in life.
Feel a call to action and the need to make an immediate difference? There are a lot of ways you can organize your friends, community or office to support the work of Grace Smith House. You can host a benefit event – something as easy as a car wash, as classy as a themed dinner party, as fun as a scavenger hunt – collecting money or items for Grace Smith House. You can attend or sponsor one of our events, by taking part in the fun, sponsoring a table, or just spreading the word. You can organize a presentation by Grace Smith House staff about domestic violence. Or you could offer to provide a one-time or regular service at no cost to a survivor and their family. Send us an email and let us know your idea for organizing!
Become an ambassador in the community for survivors of domestic violence. The more people who understand the cycle of abuse, the less stigma there is surrounding it. The less stigma, the more people feel comfortable seeking help. The sooner we can offer help, the more lives we save together. Learn about what causes domestic violence, how it impacts people’s lives, and how we all play a role in either helping someone heal or stopping someone from getting help. Become a conscious consumer of our culture and the messages that encourage unhealthy relationships. The more we speak out, the more we demand change. Email or call us to learn more ways to speak out against abuse.
Be An Open Door
When you learn that someone you care about, or even someone in your circle, is in an unhealthy relationship, you can feel helpless, frightened, even panicked because you don’t know how to help. Just like with medical emergencies, everyone wants to help, but doesn’t know how. Learn beforehand the signs of domestic violence, and what you can do to help that person – or yourself – take the first steps to breaking free from an abusive relationship. One day, you will know someone in need of help. You can be that open door to a place of safety and healing.