Archive for April, 2022

Paddles and Spirits Were Raised at the 5th Annual Purple Ribbon Breakfast

April 28th, 2022 by ATV Staff

Nearly 200 attendees came out to support victims of violence in our area by helping to raise money for critical services provided by Alternatives to Violence. If you were able to join us, thank you for being there and sharing in an inspiring hour together.

Our own Youth Advocate, Joe O’Bryan, served not only as emcee for the event, but provided entertainment with a few songs while the event wrapped up.

We tested the crowd’s knowledge about domestic violence with a True/False paddle raise. We were impressed by the number of correct answers!

We were privileged to have three remarkable local women share their personal ­– and very different –­ journeys with domestic violence.

  • Jacki Marsh, Mayor for the City of Loveland
  • Allie Reilly, 2022 Mrs. Colorado Petite
  • Queen Dedria Johnson, Founder of Queen’s Legacy Foundation

The event also gave us the opportunity to celebrate Alternatives to Violence’s 40th anniversary. In fact, we were honored to have one of the founders of Alternatives to Violence present at the event, Roxie Ellis!

We announced two special programs happening to commemorate our 40th year.

  • 40 Random Acts of Kindness: We are challenging the community to collectively perform 40 acts of kindness. This is an easy way to brighten someone's day, while also raising awareness for ATV. For complete details on how to participate, please visit here.
  • Free Tote Bag: If you commit to donating $40 every month for a year, we will send you a free anniversary eco-friendly tote bag! Learn more here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Bank of Colorado, UCHealth, Rowes Flowers, Realities for Children, The Group Inc. Real Estate, Marci and Greg Foust, Jim and Laddie Adell and James Zack Consulting. These sponsors help to ensure that as much money as possible that is raised goes to servicing clients.

To see photos from the event visit our Facebook page here.

We are grateful by the love shown to the speakers at the event and the positive feedback we have received. We hope to see you at The Purple Ribbon Breakfast next year!

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

April 5th, 2022 by ATV Staff

It is April, which means it is National Volunteer Month!  Alternatives to Violence (ATV) loves our volunteers; they are huge contributors to what we do and how we assist clients.

At ATV, we have many types of volunteer roles that can be broken down into two major types:  direct service roles and non-direct service roles.  Direct service roles are exactly how they sound–you work directly with clients.  These are roles such as our Safehouse Advocate, Court Advocate, Victim Response Team Advocate and Teen Dating Violence Advocate.  Other volunteers choose to work in our office or at events, where you may still see clients, but you are not working with them on a day-to-day basis. 

Volunteers assist our advocates by providing much-needed breaks, answering the phone, listening to a client who may have an issue, or any other need that may arise.  Volunteers are so important to our program because they allow our advocates to spend more one-on-one time with clients to assist them with meeting their goals while they are with us. 

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we want to feature two of our fabulous volunteers.

Kelly has been with ATV since August 2021.  She moved to Fort Collins from South Dakota recently to be closer to her children.  Kelly loves working with clients and staff.  She gives back to her community by assisting ATV with not just work in our SafeHouse, but at events and daily needs.  Kelly is always willing to lend a hand and does it with a smile and kindness.  Her sense of humor and empathy for others make her a special part of our team at ATV.  

Sharon has been with ATV since last June and helps with our Resource Center office, assists with bond hearings if needed and is a member of our Boutique Committee.  Sharon is an organizing queen and has helped us so much since she has started! 

Much gratitude and thanks to Kelly, Sharon and ALL our volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering at ATV, email our Volunteer and Training Manager , Amanda Mitchell, at amanda.mitchell@alternativestoviolence.org, or call us at 970-669-5150.  Our volunteer process includes an application and interview to make sure we are a good fit for you and you are a good fit for us.  We look forward to hearing from you!