- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 1,600 women, men, and children of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and socio-economic groups have lost their lives across the Commonwealth to domestic violence. 2020 has been especially difficult for victims. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there are many ways you can help. Right here in Chester County, you can support the local Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, by becoming a Volunteer or visit their October Events Page. If you would like to support them through a monetary donation, visit their website at www.dvcccpa.org.
If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of domestic violence, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673). You are not alone.
2. Support the Brandywine SPCA
Located in West Chester, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is Pennsylvania’s first no-kill, open admissions shelter. It was founded in 1929, and serves as one of the oldest centers to end animal suffering in the community. Their annual Mega Adoption event is held every December. There are a number of ways to support the shelter, as a volunteer, a foster family, through events, as well as through donations. Visit their Get Involved page to learn more.
3. The COVID pandemic and Food Insecurity
According to the Chester County Food Bank, 75,000 individuals face food insecurity in Chester County per month. With the COVID pandemic, unemployment rates increasing, and quarantine orders, that number has increased. As we approach the holidays, more families will be in need of support with these local community resources. To get involved, visit their Page for more information. With locations and food cupboards around the county, there are a wide variety of ways to help your neighbors.
4. Cradles to Crayons – Philadelphia
Cradles to Crayon’s mission is to “provide children from birth through age 12 with the everyday essentials they need to thrive — at home, at school, and at play.” They are committed to a future free of childhood poverty. In partnership with #compasscares, our real estate community is supporting the Philadelphia offices efforts this year. To date, Cradles to Crayon’s has helped over 1.7 million children living at or below the poverty line. To learn more and to donate your time or resources, visit their site here.