Working hard for victims of Domestic Violence…

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I would like to start my post by congratulating Hope Harbour for being awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.It was created in 1996, and it’s mission is two fold: to fund researchers of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about the Mary Kay Foundation, visit http://www.marykayfoundation.org/ or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

Throughout my internship I have been working on Hope Harbour’s website, which runs on the GoDaddy platform. I must say that I am no website building guru, but GoDaddy is very difficult to work with. I say so because the website builder lags continuously and formatting the site has been very difficult. When I first began working on the site, Hope Harbour could not even get their logo to upload. After much hard work and many computer freezes, I finally was able to get their website more personalized, although there are still some difficulties I still face. I am having most difficulty resizing PDF images.

My last update to their website included the information about the Mary Kay Foundation listed above. I also promoted their “Silence Hides Violence” walk, which was held last week, through their Twitter, Facebook, and website pages. Over 100 people came out in support of domestic violence victims. I am waiting for a PDF copy of Hope Harbour’s volunteer application, which I will include on the website for the potential volunteers and donors convenience.

I have now began to work on a small video which focuses on volunteers and donors. Hope Harbour would like to feature a personalized video on their website in efforts to help raise more awareness for volunteering and donating, and what gratification a person receives in return. The video I am creating will only be a small sample, but if Hope Harbour can get access to the Columbus State University Communication Department’s NPACE center… it will be more spectacular. I will not have my sample video complete before next week’s blog, but please review my post for progress updates and further information about Hope Harbour.

I look forward to updating you all next week!

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