LIVE OAK — In order to continue supporting the community, Vivid Visions needs the support of that same community.
For the third year in a row, Suwannee County’s certified domestic violence shelter has launched a critical need campaign called #1000VoicesStrongAgainstDomesticViolence.
Through the campaign, Vivid Visions is hoping to raise $52,000. Or $52 — $1 per week — from 1000 businesses and individuals. That support will allow the shelter to continue serving those who experience domestic violence — children, women and families.
“We were talking about getting the word out and getting support,” said Kathy White, the executive director of Vivid Visions. “That would cover us. That would be able to support these costs that we don’t anticipate — furniture that breaks, a dining table or an appliance that goes out that we have to replace.
“It’s also the voices of the victims themselves. It’s their voices that need this.”
The donations are tax deductible and can be made via Cash App using the shelter’s email firstname.lastname@example.org or via PayPal or through clicking on the donate button on the website vividvisionsinc.org. Contributions can also be hand-delivered to the organization at its worknest office, 100 Court St. SE, Ste. 224, or mailed to P.O. Box 882, Live Oak, 32064.
The campaigns have been successful the past two years, helping bridge financial gaps for Vivid Visions, which goes beyond just serving as a shelter for domestic violence victims, although the shelter’s occupancy rate runs close to 100 percent. That could mean clothing, counseling — both 1-on-1 and group, transportation to court or to doctor’s appointments or taking children to school. It also means lending a helping hand at times to find employment.
“The community does support our agency,” White said. “We just desperately need and want that to continue.
“It’s real critical for us to continue to have the support of the community.”