More than a thousand volunteers joined Harbor House this past weekend for the 5th annual It Takes Courage event. Fanning out across Central Florida, the volunteers split into small groups, hanging door tags with life saving information and resources on domestic violence.
Partnering with the City of Orlando, Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orange County Clerk of Courts, volunteers focused their efforts on those communities with the highest incidents of domestic abuse. In just under three hours, 24,000 homes had been reached.
This year, for the first time, the event was simulcast live between Valencia College http://valenciacollege.edu and The University of Central Florida http://www.ucf.edu, where a team from the volunteer UCF Domestic Violence Awareness group visited several dorms, sororities, and fraternities on campus.
“This event saves lives!” Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House, said to the hundreds of volunteers who gathered on the Valencia College campus just before the event kicked off.
Last year, within two days of distributing over 20,000 door hangers, Harbor House saw a 200% increase in hotline calls and helped file 66 injunctions for protection. Not only have injunction filings increased by 10 percent in Orange County, but domestic-related murders are down 50% from last year.
To learn more about Harbor House click here: http://www.harborhousefl.com
Interested in volunteering? http://www.harborhousefl.com/volunteer/
If you are in danger or wish to speak with an advocate, please click on the link below: http://www.harborhousefl.com/for-yourself/