Here is my final post from the Northern Star Quilt Show. It was a special exhibit from the FiberArts NorthEast collaborative. Their exhibit was called Outside the Box. These mini art quilts were displayed on cubes. Each had a varying theme. I thought they were very cool and extremely creative. Here are a few of my favorites…
You believe in helping the world, right? I do…I believe one act of kindness creates a ripple affect. Who knows what affect you might have on someone. Well, last year, with four of our children grown and out on their own and just Grace at home, I felt it was time to do a little more for my community. I saw an advertisement recruiting for volunteers for The Center for Safety and Change in New City, NY.
This is our local family shelter. I contacted them and was amazed at all the services they provide to our community – from a shelter for those escaping domestic violence, a 24 hour Hot Line for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault to providing counseling and SAFE nurses at local emergency rooms for rape victims. I was shocked by the incidences of violence and sexual assault of local women. We tend to think that happens in far off places, not in our backyard. Did you know that every 107 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted? That 68% of these assaults will not be reported?
I was thrilled to be accepted into the Rape Crisis Advocate program and went through three months of training on sexual assault and rape, misconceptions, flashbacks and how we can help them. Since last year at this time, I take 3 shifts each month to cover the Hotline at night and if necessary go to the Emergency room to meet a survivor and assist them through this difficult time. Last night, the Center honored its volunteers. Several of my fellow counselors were acknowledged for their years served….several have been giving of their time for over 14 years! I am so proud to be part of this organization. Who might you help today??