I've been volunteering with BARCC for five years, as a community awareness and prevention services volunteer and a survivor speaker. I've found it to be an intensely rewarding experience, and I've seen the amazing and powerful work that's been done and continues to be done by BARCC's presence in our community and BARCC's volunteers and staff. The Walk is one of the two big fundraisers BARCC does, and donations are slower this year - more than ever, we need sponsorships!
See, all of BARCC's services are free of charge - and the Walk is a big part of how we keep them free. This includes hotline services, medical advocates to accompany survivors to the hospital, up to 12 free sessions of one-on-one counseling, group counseling, legal advocacy for survivors who wish to press charges, case management services for survivors who need to break a lease or change locks to be safe from their perpetrators, educational workshops for every college in the Boston area and any community group who wants us, and so much more.
I'm not doing Blogathon this year; I've decided that after these five intense years, I'll be taking a few months of leave. Volunteering at my current level and writing Cicatrix at the same time isn't good for me, so I'm going to focus on getting the book done! But that means that, sans Blogathon, this is my one big fundraising push of the year. If you usually back me during Blogathon, please sponsor me now!
And I'm still recruiting for Team Venture - sign up if you want to walk with me!
So yes. Walk for Change. SPONSOR ME! And pass it on!