There are a few things I’ve learned over time:
- As much as you want to control life, you can plan what you plan, but roll with what comes along the way
- Everything happens for a reason (the good, the bad and the ugly)
- No matter how bad you think things are, there’s always someone out there that is probably having it worse than you.
With these things in mind, I’ve discovered how much life has given me even with all the bad things in between….life has truly been a blessing for me. So, I’m very big on giving back and doing social good whenever I can. While I work with a lot of different organizations and write about different efforts here on the site in my “social good” area, here is an organization I like to either fundraise for and serve as a the Communication Director along with the reasons why I do.
When I first graduated college, I wanted to start a non-profit organization that benefited violence against women (VAW) in a different way. Having been involved with the cause in college, I realized there was a need to educate a younger generation of women and men about this taboo topic. I never moved forward with developing this organization for fear of taking away resources from the local New Jersey DV organizations. Over a decade later, this dream has come back full circle when a good friend of mine told me about a non-profit organization her cousin started – Independent Awakening. The Founder Neeta Bhushan, a survivor herself, saw the need to Educate, Empower and Enlighten (E3) a younger generation and the career women about this cause. Call it fate, but she and I share the same vision and thus, I’ve decided to get involved with IA as their Communication Manager. It’s a role I’m honored to take on and I’m very excited to help launch such a wonderful organization. Join our cause and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or the Blog.
My life was touched by domestic violence because someone I hold dear to me was a victim of domestic violence. It was devastating to experience & witness. Domestic violence is prejudice toward no age, no race and no gender. It can be verbal, emotional or physical. It can happen to anyone. One of the worst things about domestic violence is how victims believe they deserve to be abused. Some stay in the situation because they don’t think they have any place to go or they think they deserve to be abused. Others leave, but go back because it’s all they know and fear the world outside more.
Domestic violence affects everyone and while you may think it’ll never happen to you or those you love – keep in mind that it’s such a taboo topic that even if it was happening to someone you know, chances are, you’d likely never know until it was too late.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
I encourage you to take the step and find an organization near you where you can better understand this cause and hopefully volunteer your time. If not this cause, find a cause that you are passionate about and volunteer your time. It’s a bit of a thankless job, but know that you will be helping many others and it will make you feel great about yourself along the way.
Here’s a little something I wrote in support of those that are affected by domestic violence in their lives