As Fall approaches and we look forward to the change of seasons and the bright foliage, there are those whose lives are not so bright. Battered women look to the change of seasons with anxious hearts. Is it too late to think about living independently of an abusive partner? How will they manage the winter months? Will there be enough fire wood? Will the driveway get plowed? Can the old car be tinkered on enough to keep it running a while longer?
Womancare is the local domestic violence prevention project serving Piscataquis County and Southwestern Penobscot County, including the greater Dexter area. During October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Womancare provides community education and sponsors events to increase awareness in local communities around issues of abuse in families. Throughout the entire year Womancare works towards creating a world where there is zero tolerance for domestic violence.
Please join those who have already made this commitment and take a stand against violence against women and children. You can do this in a variety of ways. Join Womancare’s volunteer staff and become a trained advocate helping to staff the 24 hour helpline, donate money or attend one of the many events to be held in October.
On Saturday, October 4, 2003 join WABI-TV5 and Unicel, and five Central Maine domestic violence prevention projects as we race against domestic abuse and move towards safer communities! Registration for the Walk and 5K Race in Piscataquis County begins at 8 a.m. at the Piscataquis Community Middle School in Guilford. The walk and race both begin at 9:00 a.m. There is no entry fee or pre registration for the walk, however, there are prizes for pledge earners and teams are encouraged. There is $12 entry fee for the race. Pre-registration can be mailed or you may register on race day. There will be a community breakfast at the Middle School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person or $12 per family. Look for brochures in local businesses or call Womancare at 564-8165 for more information.
On Thursday, October 16, 2003 Womancare’s Annual Speak out and Candlelight Vigil will be held with special guest Michael Cantara, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Join us at 5 p.m. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church as we remember those who have died as a result of domestic violence, celebrate survivors, and honor all those who work to end domestic abuse. Enjoy homemade soups, breads and great company.
For more information about domestic awareness month activities please call Womancare 564-8165.
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