WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Catholic Charities wants your help to say, “Take a Hike, Domestic Violence!” This awareness event takes place on Saturday, October 1st from 9:30am-Noon. There is no registration fee, but Catholic Charities will be accepting donations of $5 gift cards to local restaurants, grocery stores or gas stations to assist victims in obtaining needed items and support. There will be t-shirts available for the first 100 participants. Coffee will be available for purchase by Seneca Sunrise Coffee with proceeds being directed back to the First Step Program.
Starting at 9:30am, participants should meet at the Catholic Charities’ office (607 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY) to register and drop off donations. Local agencies will be on hand to offer resources and information as well. At 10:30am, after a brief program, participants will all hike the Watkins Glen Gorge! Bring your family & friends out to take a hike and make our community aware of domestic violence and the resources to help those in need of advocacy and support! Please join us on social media with #TakeAHikeDV to increase awareness.
Bethany Worrey, Victim Services and Housing Supervisor stated, “We are anticipating even more hikers this year and hope that you will be able to join us in supporting October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month.” This free event is open to the public and made possible by generous donations from local individuals and businesses. For more information on the event, contact Bethany at 607.535.2050, ext. 205 or visit the event page or Facebook page. Pre-registration is available online until noon on September 30.
The First Step Victim Services Program provides advocacy & referral services to all victims of crime in Chemung & Schuyler Counties, with a strong focus on victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. For additional information about Catholic Charities’ First Step Victim Services, please contact Catholic Charities of Schuyler County at 607-535-2050 or visit their page.