NJSFWC’s Day of Service took place on the National Day of Service January 15th. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the only Federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. During the last quarter-century, the MLK Day of Service has grown, and its impact increased as more Americans embraced the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role in improving communities.
This project supported the lives of so many who find themselves needing emergency shelter to escape domestic violence or caught in a situation where the abuse takes on other forms. These may include financial, emotional, sexual, or psychological abuse. Many spokespeople for domestic violence shelters and agencies vouch for the increase in victims seeking help. This occurs as stressors affecting so many during and following the Pandemic, such as loss of jobs and income, create responses of physical violence, verbal abuse, or threats designed to intimidate or frighten victims.
On the Day of Service, the Clubs in New Jersey helped ease the difficulties victims struggle with by responding to requests by shelters and agencies. Each shelter had specific items on their wish lists which address either personal care, children’s needs, or household needs. In addition, responding to these requests carried messages of hope, encouragement, care, and comfort along the path toward a better life for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Thank you so much for all the clubs that participated!