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Urgent Needs for our Domestic Violence Clients

Urgent Needs for our Domestic Violence Clients

Domestic violence affects women, men and children in our country, state and local communities. While the most important way to support domestic violence is to educate yourself and others on the realities of this issue, there are tangible items needed to help victims of domestic violence in crisis. Below are some of Compass Center’s supply needs. Please donate to our cause today.

One $20 gas card donation:
– helps a client get to court in Hillsborough to file their domestic violence protective order.
– enables a client to attend their court hearings related to their domestic violence protective order.
– enables a client to travel to Hillsborough to attend court to follow through on criminal charges against their abuser.
– provides transportation for a victim to get to and from a medical provider or the emergency room following an incident of abuse in which there was physical trauma.

One $20 grocery card donation:
– pays for dinner and breakfast for a victim and child who have just entered emergency shelter placement.
– allows a victim to buy diapers and formula for her infant when she is going into shelter and does not have access to money due to financial abuse.
– pays for children’s snacks as they wait on their parent who is receiving domestic violence services.
– enables a victim to have food to eat the day they are fleeing their abusive partner, seeking shelter and working with the court system.

One used cell phone donation:
– can be traded in for career, legal and financial program funding for victims in transition

Men in our Community

Men in our Community

Volunteers are vital to the delivery of services at Compass Center for Women and Families. With the assistance of 200+ volunteers, we are able to serve 6,000 women, men and children in our community.  Issues surrounding career, legal, and financial needs and goals and domestic violence affect everyone. As an organization serving 90% women, we are eager to provide services to more men and to work with more male volunteers.

We are grateful for the male volunteers that have engaged with the agency to help deliver services. Men serve in many capacities at Compass Center. Below are examples of the work of some of our male volunteers:

Mark Phillips previously served on the Finance Committee for The Women’s Center. As vice president of Jacob’s Capital, a boutique investment banking firm in Chapel Hill, Mark brings a high level of expertise to Compass Center’s Board of Directors. Mark is currently treasurer of our board and has held this position since 2012.

John Miskey has led Compass Center’s monthly family law workshops for the past two years. As a partner with Bagwell Holt Smith, PA, John also participates in our legal information services appointments, offering a free 15-minute phone conversation to dozens monthly to discuss individual legal situations. John joined the Compass Center Board of Directors in July of 2014 and is currently leading the Executive Director search committee.

Jay Miller has volunteered as a financial counselor with Compass Center since 1999. As a financial counselor, Jay meets one-on-one with individuals to help them budget, meet financial goals and develop businesses. Jay also serves as secretary of the Henderson Street House Foundation, which provides our client services facility at 210 Henderson St. rent free.

Cole van de Water began serving as a hotline advocate in 2011. As an advocate, Cole meets in-person with clients in crisis, as well as takes phone calls to offer emotional support, help individuals complete domestic violence protective orders and provide information and referral when appropriate.

Bob Pleasants trained as a hotline advocate and community educator and later joined staff. More recently, Bob has volunteered his time to lead a session on the socio-ecological model of domestic violence for new hotline advocates during our fall and spring volunteer trainings.

Having a male presence in the Center is important to us, as we want anyone to feel comfortable walking through our doors. In addition to providing support to our clients through their involvement, our male volunteers are then able to go back and spread the word of our services and educate others. If you know a man who could contribute to Compass Center by volunteering or using our services, please visit www.compassctr.org or call us at 919-968-4610.CC Indy Photo

Thank You for Participating in the 2014 Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands!

Thank You for Participating in the 2014 Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands!

On March 7, more than 200 guests gathered at Top of the Hill’s Great Room for our annual Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands Art Exhibition and Sale. 5″ x 7″ anonymous mini-masterpieces from new and seasoned area women artists were available to view and purchase. Fabulous pieces by Andria Linn, John Rosenthal, John Svara, Barbara Tyroler and Renee Leverty were auctioned off and a dozen prizes were up for grabs in this year’s raffle drawing. Thanks to the support of many, we raised more than $54,000 to support our programs and services. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community. Thank you! Photo Credit: Laura Shmania

Photo Credit: Laura Shmania

Presenting Sponsor
DWM Advisors

Gold Sponsors
Peggy and Gary Masse

Silver Sponsors
Anonymous
Clarkston Consulting
Performance AutoMall
UNC Health Care

Bronze Sponsors
Brock & Meece, P.A.
Counter Culture Coffee
Education and Training Systems, Intl., Inc
Franklin St. Partners
Gillian and Peter Hare
Grace Pilafian Landscaping
Lewis Anderson, PLLC
PHE
Tammi Brooks/501 Realty

Media Sponsors
Art Guide Now
Carolina Woman
Chapel Hill Magazine
News & Observer
WCHL
WUNC

Dessert Sponsors
Comfort Spot
Karin Mills, Spotted Dog
Mama Dip’s Kitchen
Moira Smullen
Springsfavoritethings.com

Friends Sponsors
Bagwell Holt
Bell Leadership
Donna Bennick
Jacob’s Capital
Ipas
Leah Ogden, Raymond James
Management Services on Call
Michael Jordan Nissan
Minta Bell
Nelson and Company
Peaches N Cream
Rho
Ritter Endodontics
Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry
Steve Pike, Investors Trust
Triangle Neuropsychology
Woodmansee and Szombatfalvy

In-Kind Sponsors
Cameron’s
Chapel Hill Toffee
DSI Comedy
Fearrington House Country Inn
Framer’s Corner
Healing Earth Resources
Ken Broun Jazz Group
Molly Maid of Chapel Hill
Shutterfly
Spira Pilates Studio
Top of the Hill
Trader Joe’s
Walt Disney Theme Parks
Wine and Design + Venable

Golden Circle Sponsors
Christine and Gerald Bell
Libby and Lee Buck
Perry Colwell and Betty Neese
Candace Davies
Andrea Eisen and Daniel Pomp
Mimi Fountain
Robert Hogan
Verla Insko
Melissa Israel
Sheila Kerrigan
Laura and John Kiley
Susan Lindsay
Deborah Love
Harriet and DG Martin
Diana Mead
Kathryn Meyers
Sheila Northen
Patrick and Mary Norris Oglesby
Luke and Bob Page
Mary and Frank Penta
Elizabeth Preddy
Bill and Nancy Rickard
Sharon and Chris Ringwalt
Mary Jane Rivers
Deborah Roach
Melody Harrison Savage
Robert Seymour
Carol Stamm
Susanna and Stedman Stevens
Denise Ramsey Vanderwoude
John and Ashley Wilson
Mia Xavier
Art Show Committee
Peggy Masse, Co-Chair
Libby Buck
Sarah Forbes
Ann J. Gerhardt
Sherry Grooms
Jacquelin Liggins
Jane Leserman Madison
Alice Dodds May

Holly Gunning, Co-Chair
Marya McNeish
Cathy Meerbergen
Mary Moore
Laura Morrison
Moreton Neal
Ilyasah N Shabazz
Artists
Lynne Albert, Chapel Hill
Mary Ann Anderson, Chapel Hill
Katherine Armacost, Chapel Hill
Judy Bauman, Chapel Hill
Vidabeth Bensen, Pittsboro
Lois Bronstein, Durham
Becky Campion
Catherine Carter, Chapel Hill
Nell Chandler, Hillsborough
Connie Cohn, Carrboro
Debbie Cox, Durham
Esther Cruz, Durham
Kathleen Dautel, Raleigh
Bunie Deyo, Cary
Nancy Diciolla, Whitsett
Veronica Duncan
Carmen Elliot, Chapel Hill
Kristin Esterley, Chapel Hill
Serena Fenton, Chapel Hill
Jane Filer, Chapel Hill
Susan Filley, Chapel Hill
Karen Fisher, Chapel Hill
Aud Ackerman, Chapel Hill
BJ Fusaro
Peg Gignoux, Chapel Hill
Kathleen Gwinnett, Burlington
Tayitta Hadar, Chapel Hill
Martha Hamblin, Mebane
Betty Haskin, Chapel Hill
Erin Hathaway, Durham
Barbara Higgins, Carrboro
Ellen Stark Hill, Chapel Hill
Ame Hughes, Burlington
Susie Huser, Hillsborough
Jennifer James
Sally Kahler, Chapel Hill
Fay Kalman, Chapel Hill
Bernice Koff, Chapel Hill
Keysha Koy
Marcy Lansman, Chapel Hill
Cinnamon Larson, Chapel Hill
Jean LeCluyse, Chapel Hill
Emily Lees, Chapel Hill
Jane Leserman Madison, Durham
Jacquelin Liggins, Mebane
Marcy Little, Durham
Jo Lovorn, Hillsborough
Alice Dodds May, Chapel Hill
Pat Merriman, Chapel Hill
Sandy Milroy, Chapel Hill
Sharmin Mirman, Carrboro
Alice Moore, Hillsborough
Mary Rountree Moore, Chapel Hill
Margret Mueller, Mebane
Joan Nesbitt Mabe, Carrboro
Shannon O’Connor, Chapel Hill
Jenifer Padilla, Pittsboro
Charlotte Pamplin
Kaola Phoenix, Chapel Hill
Sally Pillsbury, Hillsborough
Bepi Pinner, Durham
Elizabeth Cate Pringle, Chapel Hill
Della Quinn-Carter, Hampstead
Sudie Rakusin, Hillsborough
Marjorie S. Rawson, Chelsea
Carol Retsch-Bogart, Chapel Hill
Ebeth Scott-Sinclair, Chapel Hill
Promila Sen, Chapel Hill
Karen Smith
Nancy Smith, Carrboro
Andrea Snyder, Pittsboro
Leigh Stailen, Chapel Hill
Dr. Jane Steelman, Wake Forest
Jeanette Stokes
Valerie Tan, Chapel Hill
Fay Terry, Pinehurst
Donna Thome, Raleigh
Kathy Tice Phillips, Greensboro
Betsy Vaden, Chapel Hill
Nan Van Der Puy, Chapel Hill
Kathy A. Veverka, Florence
Rose Warner, Chapel Hill
Emily Weinstein, Chapel Hill
Monnda Welch, Pittsboro
Kim Werfel, Pittsboro
Jewel Wheeler
Ruth Winchester Ware, Durham
Anita Wolfenden, Chapel Hill

An Evening of Story and Song Raises Nearly $15,000!

An Evening of Story and Song Raises Nearly $15,000!

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It was a little bit difficult last Friday night to discern who was having more fun at the Varsity Theater…the audience or the performers?! Local authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle teamed up with Nashville musicians Marshall Chapman and Matraca Berg to thrill the packed house at the Varsity with readings from the authors, lovely songs from the musicians and occasional music from all four! Lee Smith capped the evening by reminding all that some can write music, some can write stories, but all can extend support to Compass Center. When the lights had gone out and the artists finished signing merchandise, nearly $15,000 had come in to support Compass Center’s important work in the community. Big thanks to everyone that attended this wonderful and exciting event and to our generous sponsors — Molly Maid of Chapel Hill, Foster’s Market, Grapevine Distributors, the Varsity Theater, and Flyleaf Books.

Photo credit: Caperton Morton

Shop at Ten Thousand Villages on Dec. 19, 4-8 p.m.

Shop at Ten Thousand Villages on Dec. 19, 4-8 p.m.

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Ten Thousand Villages strives to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our market through long-term fair trading relationships. Next Thursday, December 19, we will partner with Ten Thousand Villages for an in-store event to benefit women and families in our local community, as well as expose our friends and family to world artisan crafts, jewelry and personal accessories. Please join us at Ten Thousand Villages as we connect globally this holiday season.

Ten Thousand Villages
Shops at Eastgate (1800 E. Franklin St)
Thursday, Dec. 19
4-8 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Photos From Business After Hours – October 17, 2013

Photos From Business After Hours – October 17, 2013

On October 17, PTA Thrift Shop celebrated the ribbon cutting of their newest location and hosted one of Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours. Compass Center for Women and Families, along with Extraordinary ventures were featured as nonprofit spotlights. Chapelboro.com attended and took these wonderful photos!

For more information on Compass Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month events, click here.

There’s Value in Volunteering: 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Involved

There’s Value in Volunteering: 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Involved

Although job seekers often do not see the value in volunteering, volunteering is an opportunity for personal development. In “Don’t Overlook Volunteering as a Valuable Career Tool,” Laurie Morse-Dell explains that many individuals searching for a job believe they should spend their time building relationships and exploring career opportunities. However, volunteering is an opportunity to further market yourself, gain skills and grow your network. Below are 5 reasons why you should volunteer, as outlined by Laurie Morse-Dell.

  1. Volunteering helps fill in gaps on your resume: Are you between jobs? Did you just graduate from school? Employers will ask about what you have been doing since you left your last job. Volunteering is a great way to fill in these gaps and also bring up talking points on leadership and relationship building in an interview.
  2. Volunteering shows that you take initiative: Employers want to see someone who doesn’t sit around waiting for an opportunity to come to them. Volunteering while job searching shows the ability to solve problems and step up.
  3. Volunteering introduces you to a community network: While volunteering, you will come into contact with a lot of people. If volunteering in an area of interest, these contacts could be a direct link to your next employment opportunity. Further, you will get leads just by having conversations with fellow community members.
  4. Volunteering builds your references: Volunteer positions that build your skills or expertise are great for applying for jobs. The volunteer coordinator or director will be hands-on in managing your projects and when the times come will be thrilled to write a recommendation or be listed as a reference.
  5. Volunteering boosts your experience: Whether you are searching for a job or not, gaining experience is always valuable. If there is a skill you are looking to gain, you could search for volunteer opportunities that cater to those skills. Event planning, website design or marketing are examples of skills that are in high demand.

Compass Center offers dozens of ways to get involved. Volunteers have moved on to serve on our Board of Directors, and some have even joined our staff. Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

What success stories do you have from your volunteer experiences? What worries do you have about volunteering instead of actively being a full-time job seeker? Share below!

Photos from Martha’s Day – July 8, 2013

Photos from Martha’s Day – July 8, 2013

On July 8, Compass Center for Women and Families celebrated its one year anniversary with Martha’s Day, a day-long celebration in honor of Martha Pearson, a victim of domestic violence. Martha’s Day was generously supported by Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, DSI Comedy and A Better Image Printing. Chapelboro.com attended and took these wonderful photos!

You can still support Martha’s Day through the end of July. Visit www.compassctr.org and donate online. Please write “Martha’s Day” in the “In Honor” section of the online donation form.

Nearly $5,000 Raised for Martha’s Day 2013

Nearly $5,000 Raised for Martha’s Day 2013

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UPDATE: As of August 5, 2013, we reached $5,000 raised for Martha’s Day!

The following is a guest post from Laura Morrison, the inspired leader of Martha’s Day…In early June, I got an itch to celebrate my mother’s upcoming 60th birthday. Originally, I thought I’d write a simple letter to friends, family and colleagues, encouraging them to donate to Compass Center to honor my mother’s birthday and her life. However, when I shared my plan with Vimala Rajendran (owner of Vimala’s Curryblossom Café), something beautiful happened. We dreamt up Martha’s Day.

During our initial, hour-long conversation, Vimala and I whipped up a rough event plan, and she even nailed down a band to perform at the event. Within days, Compass Center staff jumped on board, support from the business community poured in, and Martha’s Day was up and running.

The effortlessness of planning Martha’s Day was an early indicator of the generosity of our community, and the actual event was a testament to the ability we have to come together and make a powerful difference in our community.

In only a month, we united behind Compass Center and raised nearly $5,000 to bolster the services the Center provides women, men and children facing domestic violence. And we did it all in the name of my mother, Martha.

Martha’s Day was transformational. When we suffer tragedy, it’s easy to get lost in grief. Martha’s Day was my chance to climb out of my grief and publicly celebrate my mother – her strengths, and her weaknesses. I was honored to share her story in the hopes of helping others survive what she did not – domestic violence. Martha’s Day helped me turn my mother’s tragedy into beauty.

The event reminded me how beautiful the power of community is. Martha’s Day would not have happened had Vimala not been excited about hosting an event, had A Better Image not sponsored our invitations, had DSI Comedy not sponsored our raffle, had the MahaloJazz 3 not graciously performed for us, and had Compass Center staff and volunteers – as well as my friends and family – not dedicated their time to volunteer at the event. It was only after those pieces fell into place that we were able to come together and raise significant funds for Compass Center.

I was blown away by the number of people who stopped by Martha’s Day to show their support and donate to Compass Center (and even more blown away that some of my mother’s childhood friends attended!). And I was definitely encouraged to overhear conversations throughout the dinner about ending domestic violence.

Martha’s Day was certainly about raising money for Compass Center and supporting an organization that is doing amazing work in our community. But my greater aim in organizing Martha’s Day was to pull our entire community into an open and honest dialogue about domestic violence. In that regard, I can say without hesitation Martha’s Day was a success.

At the event, I challenged attendees to ask themselves a few questions:

  • What role can we play in ending domestic violence?
  • How can we support and empower victims?
  • How can we love and rehabilitate abusers?
  • What can we do to educate our kids about this type of  violence
  • How can we lend a hand in breaking cycles of abuse?

I don’t have the answers to those questions. They are big, heavy questions. Domestic violence is a problem, and when you’ve been personally touched by it, the problem feels huge and unbeatable and overwhelming. But as I looked around at the many folks who attended Martha’s Day, I saw my friends, coworkers, family and strangers, and I was reminded that no matter how big a problem is, if we work together, we can defeat it.

Martha’s Day was a step in the right direction. Now it’s up to us to continue our community conversation on domestic violence and plow forward toward ending that violence.

For photos from the event, click here.

Volunteers Key to Our Work

Volunteers Key to Our Work

April is National Volunteer Month, a time to pause and say thanks to all the volunteers whose devotion and support for Compass Center for Women and Families enables us to provide the wide array of services we offer to our clients and the community. Our volunteers are often the first contact individuals and the community have with Compass Center, facilitating support groups,  providing crisis support over the phone, one-on-one coaching and education, information in the office, and education in our schools and wider community.

JJ is just one wonderful example of the work that our volunteers do for Compass Center. He volunteers as a facilitator for Start Strong, Compass Center’s anti-bullying, pro-healthy relationships class for local 6th and 8th graders, and sees its value “every time middle school students tell [him] that people bully because of the problems they’re having with accepting themselves.” JJ also volunteers as a Domestic Hotline Advocate for a weekly hotline shift, answering calls and meeting with clients in our office for crisis counseling, protective orders, referrals and more.

THANK YOU to all our volunteers!

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