Fortuitous because an organization I could not praise enough if I tried recently had a massive cut in funding (46%), which jeopardizes so much of the work they do.
What kind of work you ask?
They pioneered the creation of a volunteer advocate force that scrambles to be there for sexual assault and domestic violence victims in the emergency rooms of the St. Luke's and Roosevelt hospitals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They pioneered forensic rape kits. They can, on occasion, be found on buses headed to Albany to engage politicians and enact change. They can be found helping victims of human trafficking, and childhood sexual abuse. That's just scratching the surface, and not only do they do this for several hundred people every year, they do it free of charge.
But now they need help. They need saving, so they can continue to save others.
More information about the cuts, and how they will affect the work of the CVTC can be found here
. Donations can be made here
, though if you want all of it to go to them and none to credit card processing fees, they take checks too. I'm asking you to think about what you can do as well. If you can't make a contribution directly, can you share their article? Can you talk to someone at your company about making a tax deductible contribution (or want to make one yourself)? I am asking you to stop and take a minute or two to think: is there any way you can help them? Get in touch with Christopher Bromson if you can help.
Better they get the money than the taxman, right? And who knows, you might be part of a chain of events that saves someones life. It doesn't get much more real than that.
I'm also going to put out a challenge. I am donating every cent I was paid for photographing the Our Minutes Katie Rodgers interview to the CVTC. I dare you to do the same. Double dog. If you're game, drop me a line and I'll tell you how much that is. Even if you can't match me, you can try.
And no, I have no idea why you double dog dare someone. I expect to be googling it right after I've finished this blog post. Right after I've mailed that check.