Support the "Life Really Can Be Sweeter" Endowment
When I first volunteered at SAFE and saw survivors of abuse being showered with love and care, I became illumined and I knew this was a place where I could help. As a father, I want to teach my own kids that they, too, can make a difference in the lives of others. My kids are too young to volunteer at SAFE, but there are many ways they can help—we can all help—bring healing to those who suffer from abuse.
Our Mission Is Twofold:
1) To raise one million dollars!
The Life Really Can Be Sweeter Endowment is set up to support volunteer-inspired projects at SAFE. At the core of action stand volunteers, whose hearts are filled with the spirit of service. Supporting their ideas and their shoulder-to-shoulder efforts leads to forward motion and change.
2) To inspire simple acts of kindness!
So many people in our own communities are privately suffering from abuse, living in utter darkness. But one action at a time, we can all help increase the bright shining light of healing. Taking action is simple. If my kids can do it, so can you….
Be More Than Just Sweet!
Befriend — Offer your presence and listen.
Protect — Stand as an ally and call for help.
Empower — Accompany your friend toward confident flight.
"Make every action brilliant!" – Ryan Coover
"So far as ye are able, ignite a candle of love in every meeting, and with tenderness rejoice and cheer ye every heart. Care for the stranger as for one of your own; show to alien souls the same loving kindness ye bestow upon your faithful friends…. Perchance such ways and words from you will make this darksome world turn bright at last; will make this dusty earth turn heavenly… so that war and strife will pass and be no more, and love and trust will pitch their tents on the summits of the world."
- Bahá’í Writings
Ways to Help
Your $5 donation will make a difference in the lives of survivors. 100% of your donation will go toward a lifelong endowment that supports volunteer-inspired projects at SAFE. We deeply appreciate your support!
Current Contributions: $10,871.00
Your simple acts of kindness will foster hope, which brightens the lives of hundreds of thousands of survivors in our own communities and around the world. Befriend, Protect, and Empower.
Volunteer at SAFE.
Support survivors by utilizing your professional expertise, raising awareness in your social circles, helping with kids during counseling sessions, or even sharing a meal. For more information, please visit www.SafeAustin.org.
Volunteer-Inspired Projects at SAFE
Refreshments for SAFE’s 40-Hour Core Advocate Training Program
Many volunteers come straight from work and are hungry. For this project, $50 gift cards are given to willing volunteers to buy refreshments or make their own home-cooked creations for fellow volunteers at 33 volunteer training sessions per year. Refreshments have proven to cultivate a strong community spirit, which in turn makes volunteers better able to support survivors.
Currently funded from 2013 through 2017.
Eloise House Mural
This project raised funds and built a team of volunteers who painted a mural for the exterior of the new sexual assault forensic exam facility at SafePlace.
Completed October 2015