Archive for September 2018

October Career Workshops

This month, Compass Center brings to you some exciting career development workshops. See below for further details on the events you can attend to prepare yourself for your next job.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar

Compass Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month Calendar

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Join Compass Center and our community partners to bring awareness to domestic violence and community resources. 

Compass Center’s 2017-2018 Annual Report

Compass Center’s 2017-2018 Annual Report

Compass Center Annual Report 2017-2018

Compass Center was formed six years ago with the goal of empowering people as they navigate their journeys to safety, self-sufficiency and health. We believe in meeting people without judgement and supporting them as they make choices that they feel are best for themselves and their families.

Last year was a record-breaking year for us! We set our sights on no only reaching more people, but also on expanding our capacity to serve clients. We did exactly that and serve more than 6,000 people.

View our 2017-2018 Annual Report to learn more about our work and see highlights from the year!

 

Attend the Purple Purse Kick-Off Party!

Join us for this fundraiser at Blue Dogwood Public Market in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Five percent of sales benefit Compass Center as they compete to win money for domestic violence services as part of the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge. All vendors are participating.

Oct 4. 11 am – 9 pm

 

306 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Help Compass Center Win the Purple Purse Challenge!

Help Compass Center Win the Purple Purse Challenge!
 
 
 
Compass Center is taking part in the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge. Each October, the Purple Purse Challenge unites nonprofits in a competition to raise funds for life-changing services to help domestic violence survivors. The money raised benefits Compass Center, Orange County’s state-designated domestic violence agency. By participating in the competition we can win additional money from Allstate, including weekly prizes up to $5,000 or the grand prize of $100,000. The Challenge starts on Oct. 2 at 12 p.m. EST.
 
Serena Williams is this year’s spokesperson and purple purse designer. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle , Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, and Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood will be lending their support to the Purple Purse challenge in October. Stay tuned for that!
 
We are so grateful for their support. But, we also need YOU, our friends, supporters, and volunteers.
 
How You Can Help 
 
Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a fundraiser for our cause and reaching out to your network of friends and family, you can help us make an even bigger impact.
 
It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is click on our crowdrise Purple Purse campaign page, and click ‘Join the Team.’ 
 
If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, we’ll reach out when the Challenge launches to ask you to give to our cause. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small. 
 
Thank you in advance for your support. 
 
If you have any questions about the Purple Purse Challenge, contact Vivian Muzyk at communications@compassctr.org or call 919-968-4610.

You’re Invited to Passion for Purple!

You’re Invited to Passion for Purple!

On Thursday October 18th, 2018  Ellis Family Law, PLLC is presenting “Passion for Purple” a cocktail party benefiting Compass Center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or DVAM.

DVAM is observed every year throughout the month of October, and is an opportunity to deepen our community’s understanding of issues, share resources and, most importantly, support survivors.

See our sponsors and get all the details on our Passion for Purple page.

Compass Center Feels like Coming Home

Compass Center Feels like Coming Home

Valerie Sauer has joined Compass Center as Director of Education Programs, a position focused on outreach and education in the community and in schools.

“Compass Center, for me, feels like coming home. I was working for a domestic violence agency in another county and it was a tremendous opportunity for growth, both personally and professionally, but I really owe so much to Compass Center. They provided me with great opportunities for growth and development, and it’s largely due to Compass Center that I chose this profession. I’m excited to be working for an organization that I believe aligns with me in terms of my organizational values.

My first volunteer position with Compass Center was in 2013.  I started as a child care volunteer and then moved to hotline advocate, community outreach intern, and then to part-time childcare specialist. It was the because of the encouragement from the staff that I got to try on different hats and see what was going to fit best with my interests. The more I learned about Compass Center’s mission, the more I got involved in the community, and the more I invested myself in the work.

Compass Center is a place of resources, healing, and hope for so many folks in our community. I’m so grateful to be back at Compass Center and explore this new role! I’m looking forward to working with people across all of Orange County, serving my hometown,  and continuing to challenge the perceptions of what domestic violence looks like in our community.”

Compass Center is a place of resources, healing, and hope for so many folks in our community. I’m so grateful to be back at Compass Center and exploring this new role! I’m looking forward to working with people across all of Orange County, serving my hometown,  and continuing to challenge the perceptions of what domestic violence looks like in our community.”

-Valerie Sauer
Director of Education Programs
Compass Center for Women and Families

 

Letting People Know Help Is Out There- Why I Give

“Letting People Know Help Is Out There”

Why I Give

Lourdes and the team at Gracie Chapel Hill Jiu-Jitsu

I believe Compass Center is important because it helps people find a way to change their lives. Women and families are often in situations where change on their own without assistance is difficult or even impossible. I wanted to raise money for Compass Center and, more importantly, raise awareness in the community that Compass Center can help people get out of an abusive relationship.

I think the work they do on the crisis hotline is so important. Sometimes people in abusive situations feel uncomfortable telling friends and family what is going on, so the ability to speak to someone anonymously and for them to have that compassion and listen to their story is so meaningful. It gives people strength because they finally have someone saying “you’re not crazy” when someone in their life might be telling them that “you are crazy,” or that “no one’s going to believe you.”

 

One of the things that Compass Center does is supply food and basic needs to survivors of domestic violence and their children who have to leave an abusive situation with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I wanted to do something to help.  I thought, every dollar that can be raised for Compass Center could be for diapers, someone’s food, or a safety phone for someone who needs to call the police or seek shelter.  So, I approached my friends at Chapel Hill Gracie Jiu-Jitsu about hosting a fundraiser.  They said “yes” right away.  We decided to host a roll-a-thon or “sparring” event and raised money on a crowd funding website. It was a huge success!  We had so much support from the jiu-jitsu community across the East Coast.  It was a real community effort.  Together we raised more than $4,000 for Compass Center!

 

I can’t tell you how many people came up to me and were so glad I suggested this event because they know someone who has been in a bad situation. Everyone had a story. My primary focus for the donation was to create awareness. I wanted people to know that if they needed help, there was somebody out there. I’m really excited that we raised a lot of money, but even if we reached just one person that found Compass Center and found their voice to get out of their situation, that is the win.

 

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