March 8th marks a moment we recognize women all across the world for International Women’s Day. In honor of this empowering day, the Avon Foundation for Women announced $500,000 in grants that support the safety and empowerment of women and families across the United States.
As Domestic Violence continues to dominate media headlines across the world, the Avon Foundation for Women’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative continues to be a leading funder for this cause. This year, the Avon Foundation has partnered with 32 local non-profit organizations across the country to help ensure domestic violence victims have access to the vital services needed to help rebuild their lives.
“Avon is rightly known as the company for empowering women, a commitment that has been strong since its founding. For 130 years, our company has given women the opportunity to earn financial freedom through our direct selling model. These earnings have a powerful impact, not only on a woman’s life, but also on the lives of her family and her community,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of New Avon. “Yet, we know that women cannot be truly empowered unless their health and safety are guaranteed. We are proud to partner with incredible organizations across the country that provide critical support for domestic violence survivors – and help to create a world where women and families can continue to prosper.”
“With one in four women affected by domestic violence in her lifetime, the Avon Foundation for Women has set out to support organizations that provide vital resources to today’s victims,” said Christine Jaworsky, Director, Avon Foundation. “Through important partnerships like these, together we hope to break the cycle of domestic violence for women once and for all.”
Avon-funded non-profits have become lifesavers for victims of domestic violence and the critical gatekeepers of the victim’s safety. The organizations provide many services from shelter, counseling, educational and professional training, survivor advocacy and case management.
Making an Impact
Families and women across the country have benefited from these programs including, Mariel Cota, a domestic violence survivor who received a microloan through Proyecto de Esperanza, an Alliance for Hope program in California, which the Avon Foundation sponsored along with other initiatives.
The microloans were granted to three recipients to provide support for women who want to start or grow their business.
The Coronado Eagle & Journal recently shared Cota’s inspiring story of escaping her abusive husband in 2012. While taking shelter, she began to take flower design classes to cope with stress. Two years after leaving her abusive situation, Cota started her own business and began making flower arrangements for events across San Diego.
Cota’s now back in college and taking flower design courses to earn funds to support herself and her family – rebuilding her life.
Supporting Our Community
Domestic Violence is an epidemic – happening all over the country. The Avon Foundation has a longstanding commitment to end domestic violence and by funding non-profits, so victims can receive the necessities and encouragement needed to help rebuild their lives.
One of Avon’s recent grant recipients, Harriet Sutton, executive director of HOPE, Inc. in West Virginia, recently told The Exponent Telegram: “We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women has chosen to support our program. With these funds, we will be able to continue providing emergency food, clothing, shelter, a 24-hour hotline and legal and supportive advocacy for victims of violence in our community.”
Today, Avon has provided more than $40 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, helping serve more than 11 million domestic violence victims since 2010. For more information about domestic violence services, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or online at www.ndvh.org.