$3 Million Ways to Stretch a Dollar and Fight Domestic Violence

$3 Million Ways to Stretch a Dollar and Fight Domestic Violence

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 3:25pm

CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence


Domestic violence has dominated the news recently, and while it can be a difficult issue to talk about, its importance cannot be diminished. I recently sat down with Anne Crews, Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. and board member of The Mary Kay FoundationSM. Our conversation reinforced the importance of the $3 million in funding The Mary Kay Foundation announced today  as part of its 15th annual domestic violence shelter grant program.

Anne was in Washington, D.C. last week where Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation joined with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women in sponsoring a reception recognizing decades of legislative reform to stop the cycle of abuse. While there, the Ray Rice NFL domestic violence scandal erupted. During the events, The National Domestic Violence Hotline shared with Anne that they experienced an 84 percent spike in calls in the two days after the Rice story broke.

Through the Foundation's annual shelter grant program, $37 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000. One hundred and fifty shelters from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, each receive an unrestricted $20,000 grant. As Anne says, "No one can stretch a dollar further than a domestic violence shelter."

The harsh reality is that many of these shelters are unable to accommodate growing community needs while fighting shrinking budgets. Collectively, these 150 shelters served 400,000 women, men and children last year! With these grants, shelters can pay for utilities that keep the lights on, ensure meals are prepared, help with renovations and repairs or fund staff, programming and resources. With today's shelter grant announcement, The Mary Kay Foundation carries on the legacy of Mary Kay Ash who took on the fight to end abuse decades ago. "Domestic violence is a crime that shouldn't be tolerated. We all need to help these brave women and men get free from abusive situations," says Anne.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, visit The Mary Kay Foundation's domestic violence resources pagecall the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text "loveis" to 22522 to be connected with an advocate.

Today's blog post is from Rebecca Gibson, a manager on Mary Kay's corporate communications team. Follow Rebecca on Twitter @beckgibson.