Dawn News for October

New Look, New Website, Same Critical Services

Please check out our new look at https://dawnrising.org. Our new look underscores our renewed commitment to those impacted by domestic abuse as well as working toward more peaceful communities.

A Note from Peg Coleman, Executive Director, Dawn
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

What does it mean to be aware of domestic violence? I have learned that to be aware of violence in the home, I need to be aware and care about violence anywhere in the community. I believe that by setting the bar at zero tolerance for violence , abuse or harm means that I have to be willing to step up and be a part of the solution.

Violence isn’t something that happens to them, or over there, and it doesn’t start with a fist or a gun. Bulling, gossip, harshness of words controlling behaviors, shaming, isolating, marginalizing these are all precursors to violence.

Setting aside October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month for me has become a time to recognize and honor all those who rise each day to support victims and end harm. It is a reminder to renew my commitment for peace for everyone in our community.

Green Dot Dawn

Dawn is proud to present Green Dot Dawn, training for everyone in the community to understand, recognize, and learn more about what to do when witnessing interpersonal violence. Anytime a violent act occurs, a red dot appears. Our goal is to reduce those red dots by surrounding them with green dots. Green dots appear anytime we act or behave in a way that promotes safety for our community. Dawn wants to engage leaders, community groups, and individuals to learn more about Green Dot Dawn. Please contact us to learn how you can participate.

Thank you to all of you who participated in Kent Downtown Partnership’s Hawktoberfest! So many of you stopped by to learn about Green Dot Dawn and to make your personal commitment to a peaceful community. It’s easy to do and makes a big difference! Here are some we collected. What will yours be?

The Center for Peaceful Communities

Imagine a community where peaceful interactions are the norm and you helped make it so. Now imagine a center where you can meet like-minded people who share your desire and skills to maintain peace.

To extend our reach with Green Dot Dawn, bringing information, skills and ultimately, greater peace to South King County, Dawn is completing the renovation of their new building in downtown Kent to become the Dawn Center for Peaceful Communities. The Center welcomes you, fellow professionals, community leaders, and neighbors to learn more about what it means to fill our community with green dots, greatly reducing the incidence and severity of violence.

Dawn has just $400,000 left to complete the project. Your gift of any size is a green dot for peace. To make your gift, please go to https://dawnrising.org/donate. For more information please contact us.

An Evening of Promise… An Evening in Paris

If you missed this year’s annual auction and gala on October 1, you missed a lot! The event, held at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, raised over $170,000 to support Dawn’s critical services. Generous bids and outright gifts to An Evening of Promise save lives every day. We are grateful to all who participated. If you couldn’t join us but would still like to make a difference, it’s not too late. We welcome your support.

Please join us in thanking Jennifer Davis, Board Member and Auction Chair, and committee members Jessica Meeds, Elizabeth Horen, Darcy Fisher, Melissa Birdsall, and Caryn Austin, for their hard work, can-do spirit, and incredible creativity. If you would like to participate in Dawn events, please contact us to learn more.

Domestic Violence Institute is Back!

Dawn’s DV Institute offers trainings aimed at providing professionals, volunteers and community partners with the information they need to advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Guided by principles of trauma-informed advocacy, each session offers content and skills-based curriculum so we can all reduce violence in our community. Dawn’s DV Institute meets Washington state requirements for DV advocates’ continuing education. DV Institute is offered in the spring and fall. The next Domestic Violence Institute is scheduled for:

November 1-Dec 8
Trainings are Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 pm, with no classes during Thanksgiving Week.
Location: Golden Steer Restaurant
23826 104th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031

Register today!

Want to make a peaceful difference in your community…
…Consider becoming a volunteer with Dawn. Opportunities include
answering the 24 Hour Advocacy & Crisis Line
caring for the children while moms are in support groups
helping spread the word at various community fairs
assisting with events
assisting with office and administrative tasks

Learn more here