Cycle with RAW for a Cause

Join us November 5, 2016 for an Open House and Benefit at the newly named Raw Strength and Fitness, 248 Main St., St. Albans.

There will be Food, Fun, Music and a Silent Auction.  Check out the amazing new things headed their way!

Stop in to sign up and get your pledge form.  All proceeds and donations will benefit Voices Against Violence/Laurie’s House

Hope to see you there!!

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Help Us Make History | VT Gives


Hello Friends,

Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of Vermont’s first day of giving – an opportunity to unite Vermonters around causes in which they truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us raise awareness and money! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! TODAY, visit and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our state, like CVOEO. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on June 7th.

Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, let us know.  Call us at 524-8538

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization and to other non profits!

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Verizon Hopeline Donates

Thank you Verizon Hopeline!

Thank you Verizon Hopeline!

The money will be disbursed in the form of gift cards to grocery and retail stores to families in need this holiday season!

Verizon HopeLine provides ways for individuals to take action against domestic violence by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any service provider. Verizon turns these resources into support for domestic violence organizations and programs nationwide.
Since its launch in October 2001, HopeLine has donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to non-profit organizations and agencies.

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3rd Annual Fiddlehead Dental Yard Sale to benefit Voices

It’s that time of year to clean out the attic, closets, garage, and basement in anticipation of the 3rd Annual Fiddlehead Dental Yard Sale to benefit Voices! The date this year is Friday and Saturday, September 25th and 26th. Beginning in September you will be able to drop off your donated items for storage until the event. Stay tuned for further details. Remember someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure!

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Voices Against Violence Receives Grant from The Merchants Bank Foundation

The Merchants Bank Foundation announced today that Voices Against Violence/CVOEO, has been awarded an $8,000.00 grant to help support the services offered by All About Kids (AAK), a program of Voices.  Voices Against Violence serves victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.  All About Kids Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange Center provides safe visitation and monitored exchange services to children and their non-offending parents in which domestic or sexual violence or child abuse are present.  AAK allows non-residential parents the opportunity to maintain or re-establish relationships with their children in a safe, neutral, nurturing and child focused setting.

“We are so pleased to be able to recognize Voices Against Violence/All About Kids for their essential work focused on supporting children in our community. I enjoyed learning more about the important role Voices and All About Kids fills in our community and understand how important business and service partnerships are,” stated Barry Fauteux, Community Banking Manager and Foundation Trustee.

Currently a part time program, the funds will be used to expand the hours of the AAK Visit Monitor so more families can be served.  The funds will also be used to purchase toys, games and activity essentials that can be used by families during visits.  “We are very fortunate to have been awarded this grant.  Barry reached out to us and together we talked about a shared vision for this funding that was overwhelmingly accepted by the Foundation.  We consider Merchants Bank a true community partner!” states Kris Lukens, Director of Voices Against Violence.

 Merchants Bank believes in caring and sharing with the people and communities they serve. They show their support by donating to non-profit organizations, sponsoring community events and volunteering in local communities. Established in 1849, Merchants Bank is Vermont’s largest and sole remaining statewide independent bank. Consumer, business, municipal and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, and 32 branches statewide.  Merchants Bank (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”) and Merchants Trust Company employ approximately 300 full-time employees and 40 part-time employees statewide, and have earned several “Best Places to Work in Vermont” awards. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank a “Top 200” in America among 851 peers.

The Merchants Bank Foundation, established by Merchants Bank as a non-profit, donates money to charities that serve the communities of Vermont.


AAK Coordinator Kelly Ahrens and assistant Pecan 🙂 accept the check from Barry Fauteux and Kelly Kimball, Merchants Bank Foundation Trustees.

Anyone interested in the services offered by All About Kids should contact Kelly at 370-2851.   Hours are Wednesday through Saturday.  If you are a victim in need of services, please contact Voices at 524-6575. 

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National Night Out – Swanton

National Night out 2015
August 4, 2015
4:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Building Safer and Better Neighborhoods Through Community Involvement

Swanton Flyer

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National Night Out – St. Albans

NNO 2015On August 4th from 4:30-8:00, the St Albans Police Department, the Restorative Justice Center of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, and Voices Against Violence will host National Night Out in Taylor Park.

National Night Out is an annual event designed to generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen community spirit and police-community partnerships. The St. Albans Police will be providing food and drinks and Ben and Jerry’s has donated ice cream. There will be plenty of family friendly activities such as face painting, a story walk, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction featuring local businesses, a bouncy castle, and more!

For the fifth year in a row, the National Night Out event will also be a fundraiser for the Parallel Justice Program of the Franklin Grand Isle Restorative Justice Center and Voices Against Violence. Voices Against Violence is a victim advocacy service working to end domestic, sexual violence and stalking through outreach, advocacy, family services support, and Laurie’s House, the local domestic violence shelter. The Parallel Justice Program provides immediate and tangible assistance to victims of crime; program staff reach out to victims to offer assistance and meet their individual needs in the wake of a crime.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Voices Against Violence and the Parallel Justice Program.

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Franklin County Speaks Out to Support Equality and Change

Voices Against Violence collaborates with community members to create and host, “Franklin County Rally for Justice.”

The event occurs on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Taylor Park in downtown St. Albans at 5:30 p.m.  Speakers including Madeline Kunin, Auburn Watersong from the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, survivors of violence and members of the community will take the stage to focus the spotlight on issues of inequality and exploitation that compel community action.

This free event, open to everyone, provides an opportunity to support all victims of violence and address how every Franklin County community member can get involved to address the conditions that lead to exploitation of women and working people.  “Courageous women come forward every day to tell their story.  Sadly, unconscionable violence and exploitation occurs right here in Franklin County.  This rally provides an opportunity for the community to show their support for justice and change,” states Kristin Lukens, director of Voices Against Violence.



Franklin County Rally for Justice


A rally to show support for victims of domestic and sexual violence and to spark conversations about how we can start changing the culture that supports such abuse. Hope you can join us.

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New face at Voices! Welcome to our new Outreach Advocate/Educator!

Chara has spent the last 21 years with the Vermont Army National Guard where she is currently a logistics plans and mortuary affairs officer and battle captain with previous assignments in the U.S., Afghanistan, and Africa. In addition to the military, Chara previously worked at the Community College of Vermont as the Student Resource Advisor for Veterans and Military Connected Students.

In her free time, Chara enjoys reading, writing, playing music, and designing educational opportunities. Remote camping and gourmet cooking are two passions she loves to share with all. Most of all, Chara loves spending time with her partner and their four children here in Franklin County.

Chara is very happy to join the Voices team, lending her passion as a women’s rights activist in order to help support survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

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