"I picture our door opening, again and again all day. More and more people are coming to us for help, and we can't get to them all."
That's Denise Landry. She's one of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre's therapeutic counsellors, an expert in the specialized work of trauma and healing. Since coming to work at this unique centre just one year ago, Denise has already helped 140 people so far, while together Avalon counsellors have provided over 2,000 therapeutic sessions.
Denise and her colleagues at Avalon bring a rich complement of evidence-based approaches to healing, including art therapy, sensorimotor therapy, trauma-informed yoga, and other body-based approaches related to mindfulness.
"Body-based approaches are particularly helpful for people experiencing post-trauma effects originating in the part of the brain that can activate danger signals even when there isn't any immediate threat. This makes life more challenging for them, in terms of regulating emotion, in terms of trust issues. Our work is specialized to alleviate these effects."
Avalon's counselling team is passionately committed to this work, witnessing incredible transformations in people through these healing practices. But they are also aware of the ever-increasing need for their help.
Today, we ask you to consider making a gift to support survivors on their journey toward healing.
The #MeToo movement is demonstrating just how rampant sexualized violence is, as countless survivors share their stories. Each new voice emboldens others to seek support. Sexual assault centres like Avalon are experiencing unprecedented demand for service. Avalon is the only sexual assault centre in HRM and the only organization that offers specialized counselling to survivors of sexual assault/abuse. While the Centre is helping many hundreds of people every year, the numbers who can't yet be helped are growing.
Rising slowly but steadily to meet this challenge, we are seeing a growing determination in our community - a desire to get involved and grow this healing moment in society. Through donations we are able to reach more survivors. We are able to increase awareness of our services in marginalized communities. And beyond helping us do the direct work of facilitating healing, the support of the community is a moving demonstration, to survivors, of the #MeToo concepts "we see you, we believe you". We hear it from our clients regularly, the crucial role this plays in their healing journeys.
These steps that we are taking, together, are steps in the right direction. But as our door continues to open, every entrance a new healing journey hoping to begin, the progress can feel slow. Can you help us put more people on the path to healing this year? Please consider helping us grow our counselling capacity with a special year-end gift.
Ways to Give
Sexualized violence profoundly affects individuals, families and our community. Be part of the solution. Our donors send the message that survivors are not alone and that we must all start by believing.
As a registered charity and the only sexual assault centre in HRM, we rely on the generosity of our donors to meet the growing demand for our services. By donating to Avalon you are supporting meaningful action that impacts survivors of sexualized violence as well as the broader community.
Survivors of sexualized violence are increasingly standing up, speaking out and asking for support. Your support will ensure that Avalon is there to provide it.
There are a number of ways you can donate to Avalon Sexual Assault Centre:
One-time gifts provide valuable funds to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of survivors who look to us for support and the broader community that seeks our assistance in preventing sexualized violence before it has a chance to happen.
You can support Avalon through a one-time donation by:
- Making an online gift [Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal, Interac] by following this secure link
- Gifts of stocks and securities [see below]
- Phone at 902.422.4240
- A cheque made payable to Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. To receive a receipt, please include a note with your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.
Cheques can be mailed to:
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
1526 Dresden Row, Suite 401
Halifax, NS B3J 3K3
As a monthly donor you can help address sexualized violence in our community by providing us with a reliable source of funding that will ensure Avalon has the funds necessary to sustain our counselling, education and advocacy programs.
Make an impact by becoming a monthly donor today:
- Follow this secure link and select “Donate Monthly” or
Phone us at 902.422.4240
Gifts of Stocks and Securities
Canadians can donate their publicly traded securities or mutual funds without incurring capital gains tax. This means a larger donation for Avalon and a larger charitable tax receipt for you.
Securities can be given online or you can contact our Fund Developer at 902.422.4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We recommend speaking with a trusted financial advisor to ensure the elimination of capital gains tax applies to your donation.
Third Party Fundraising
Community events and fundraisers by school groups, individuals, and businesses not only raise essential funds in support of Avalon, they also promote awareness about the impact of sexualized violence in our community.
If you think sexual assault services need to be more available and accessible, show your support by hosting your own event or activity to raise money for Avalon.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Hold a car wash, plant sale or bottle drive in your community
- Coordinate a ‘casual day’, 50/50 draw, or BBQ at your workplace
- Organize a charity tournament
- Hold a benefit concert, speaker series or movie night
- Plan a school fundraiser such as a walk/run/skip/dance-a-thon, bake sale or raffle
We ask that all third party fundraisers in support of Avalon align with our vision, mission, and guiding principles. To get started, download our Third Party Fundraising Toolkit. The toolkit contains our Fundraising Guidelines and application, as well as some great ideas and important steps to follow.
Many companies have matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees, effectively doubling the impact of your donation. Check with your employer to see if they offer a charitable gift matching program. If they don’t and you would like to start a corporate matching gift program where you work please contact email@example.com
Cause marketing is an excellent opportunity for your business to demonstrate to customers its commitment to creating safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect. Donating a portion of sales from a special product or promotion shows you support Avalon and those in our community that look to us for support. To discuss a cause-related marketing partnership contact us 902.422.4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more.
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