Midlands Gives is a day for the midlands to give back to their community; for 24 hours on May 3rd, we come together as one community to raise awareness and funds for our local nonprofits.
Auntie Bellum’s staffers have chosen a few of the many midlands charities to highlight in the week leading up to Midlands Gives.
Melanie’s choice: SisterCare
SisterCare was established in 1981 and serves as a much-needed shelter for Midlands women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Their chief goal is to help domestic violence victims become self-sufficient, free of family violence, and responsible for themselves and their children.
Last year, South Carolina was rated No. 1 for deadly violence against women, so the need for these shelters in our state is profound. SisterCare serves an estimated 7,000 survivors of domestic violence per year in just five counties (Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Kershaw, and Fairfield). Many victims flee abusers in the middle of the night with no personal items. In addition to a safe place to stay, SisterCare provides them temporary food, clothing, and other needed items.
On top of the three emergency shelters they operate, they also provide a 24-hour crisis line, group and individual counseling, legal advocacy, and post-shelter follow-up services such as transitional housing and ongoing support for disabled victims. Their legal advocates offer many crucial services for victims, including helping them obtain restraining orders against their abusers.
Finally, the organization also works diligently to promote community awareness. They provide training on any subject related to domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking at no charge to local businesses and organizations.