|To the Editor: BG man urges public to support Alicia's Voice|
|Written by Thomas Lambert|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:25|
Some of you might have seen last week on Channel 11 News or read in the Sentinel-Tribune Alicia's Voice is in danger of having to close their doors because of a lack of public support.
In other communities when a victim/survivor reaches out for help they are directed to the places they can receive assistance. Many victims look at this task as just too much to attempt alone so they slip back into the spiral of more abuse. Alicia's Voice from the beginning was different. They took the services and the agencies right to the victim and stay with them through the entire process.
This private agency has helped over 1400 women in this fashion in just five years and currently are helping to put four ladies through nursing school in order that they can provide a safe and happy life for themselves and their children. The beauty of this is that it is completely paid for by fundraising events, a golf outing, a free June concert in the City Park, and this Saturday with a "Big Tacky Wedding Reception" at the Veterans Building in the Park at 7 p.m.
The problem with funding is that this organization is not based on a warm fuzzy cause. They do not have firemen standing at intersections with a fire-boot, celebrities on TV in tuxedos, or send mailings of sad cute puppies asking for you to help house and feed abused animals. Churches don't even like to acknowledge their cause openly because marriage is supposed to be for life and wives should stand behind their husbands and "work it out." So Alicia's Voice relies on people just like you to reach into your hearts and pockets and give to keep them doing what they have been successfully done for almost six years. AV has purposely not applied for grant money when there is some available because then they would be told how to spend it. Victims of domestic abuse do not need more hoops to jump through. Alicia's Voice needs your help now! Odds are you will know someone in your lifetime that needs them.
So give today to help keep this vital charity alive. Send your checks to: Alicia's Voice 344 S. Main St. Bowling Green, OH 43402 or at aliciasvoice.org.
Your donation might be the one that actually keeps them open. Please give generously so many will be helped if you do!
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