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Thanks for visiting my Hot Chocolate Run fundraising page! On December 2nd, I'll be running once again in the Hot Chocolate Run to Benefit Safe Passage. This great event raises funds for Safe Passage, the organization addressing domestic violence in Hampshire County. This is the 9th year in a row that I'm somehow involved in the Run.

The reason I'm involved every year is that I'm a big supporter of Safe Passage and its work. I believe in the strength of this organization so much that just participating in the Hot Chocolate Run was not enough for me anymore: this past year, I joined the Safe passage Board of Directors, and am doing everything I can to raise money for this great organization.  The Hot Chocolate Run is just one of those efforts.
 
Safe Passage is important to me because it's one of the few organizations whose mission is to end domestic violence.  I am beyond tired of the persistence of domestic violence, and as I think more and more about my kids' futures, I realize how much I want them to inherit a violence-free world.  Or at the very least, one in which everyone realizes the important role we each have to play every day in ending violence.

Last year, thanks to many of you, I raised over $700 for Safe Passage in the lead-up to the Hot Chocolate Run.  This year, I hope to exceed that -- I'm aiming for $1,000 or more!!

Safe Passage relies on support from people like us to fund their programming -- including an emergency shelter program, individual counseling and support groups, legal services, a 24-hour hotline and more.

Here are some examples of what these services cost:

$20: Emergency funds for a woman to purchase groceries or diapers
$45: A one-hour counseling session for a woman seeking help for the first time
$80: One weekly drop-in group session for survivors of domestic violence
$100: An hour of ASL interpreting for a deaf survivor's counseling session
$135: Three sessions for children who have witnessed domestic violence
$500: A month of on-call advocacy for victims of domestic violence police calls

All contributions are tax-deductible, and you’ll receive an emailed receipt immediately after you donate.

I hope you'll be able to support me (again, or for the first time). Thank you so much!  (And if you want to register for the event or learn more about it, visit http://hotchocolaterun.com.)

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Safe Passage is a 501 (c) (3) EIN: 04-2690131 nonprofit organization

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