There are so many words for a purse – a bag, clutch, handbag. But, put the word purple in front of it, and it means so much more.
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge was created three years ago to ignite public awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse and to assist in fundraising.
That’s where Hope House got involved.
Hope House was selected as one of 146 non-profits across the country to compete in the Challenge, which runs from Sept. 2 to Oct. 3.
Hope House will strive to meet fundraising goals to win money in daily and weekly fundraising contests. All funds raised will support its free services offered to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sauk, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, and Adams Counties.
“Everything we do is free for the survivors we work with, and that includes everything from supportive counseling, legal assistance, wellness groups, financial planning services, to food and personal care items,” Andrea Brown, Hope House Volunteer Coordinator, said. “Survivors and their families have been through a lot, and we want to provide support and resources so they can build themselves up again.”
By donating to Hope House through their Purple Purse page from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3, community members can help support an organization that has provided hope for more than 30 years.
Hope House will be posting educational information about domestic and financial abuse on their website, www.HopeHouseSCW.org, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HopeHouseSCW. As Hope House can attest, financial abuse is one of the main reasons why people stay in or return to abusive relationships. “It’s a huge barrier to leaving if the abusive partner controls all the money, refuses access to bank accounts or credit cards, harasses the victim at work, or destroys their credit” said Jess Kaehny, Community Education Program Manager at Hope House.
With the help of Allstate’s “Moving Ahead through Financial Management” financial empowerment curriculum, advocates at Hope House can help survivors break through this barrier. They also invite area financial advisors to meet with survivors one-on-one and in group settings to assist with financial planning, budgeting, and debt consolidation.
“Education has always been a key part of the Purple Purse Challenge,” Brown said. “The financial donations and any contests we win will be beneficial for us without a doubt, but it’s even more valuable to have an educated community when it comes to these tough, complicated issues.”
To make a donation of $10 or more, visit www.crowdrise.com/purplepurse-hopehousescwi between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3. You’ll also see a video on the site of Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm expressing his support of Hope House and the Purple Purse Challenge. If you prefer to mail a check, you can send it to Hope House, attn.: Purple Purse, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913, and one of their board members will enter the donation online for you.
Want to get involved further? Visit the Purple Purse link above and click on the “Fundraise for this Community Partner” button. You can set up your own personal page and invite your contacts to donate to Hope House’s cause. Have another idea for how you, your business, school, church, or neighborhood can get involved? Please call Hope House at 608-356-9123.