ASPEN hosts series of activities, fundraisers in town for Domestic Violence Awareness month

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Enterprise Staff

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and ASPEN has several ways community members can participate to support ASPEN’s efforts to reduce domestic violence.

Starting on Saturday, the Livingston Golf Club and Treasure Lanes will sponsor their Oktoberfest Biathlon, according to an ASPEN news release.

At 6 p.m. on Oct. 27, ASPEN will host a free screening of the award-winning film, “Precious,” at the Food Resource Center, located at 202 S. Second St. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
During the entire month of October, Livingston’s ACE Hardware is hosting a donation drive for items needed at ASPEN’s emergency shelter. These items include bras, soap and other personal care items.

Also during October and November, ASPEN will be selling raffle tickets for three beautifully hand-crafted quilts which are on display at Opportunity Bank. The drawing will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 during the Holiday Stroll. Tickets are available at ASPEN’s office at 411 E. Callender St. or by calling 222-5902.
ASPEN’s “Poinsettias for Peace” order forms are now available on ASPEN’s website, www.aspenmt.org. This year, ASPEN will be selling red and white poinsettias in three sizes. Order now and volunteers will deliver to your home or office free of charge.       

ASPEN’s mission is to provide support services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and empower them to create safe and healthy lives for themselves and their families. ASPEN is also committed to breaking the cycle of violence by providing educational and awareness activities in Park, Meagher, and Sweet Grass counties, according to the release.

In 2017, the organization provided 2,215 nights of shelter and served 701 individuals, including 54 child witnesses to crime, the release said. ASPEN answered 739 calls on our 24-hour support line. Other services provided included crisis intervention, court accompaniment, safety planning and help with orders of protection. ASPEN also reached over 500 students with its TREE (Trust, Respect, Empathy and Empowerment) education program and reached over 300 community members by facilitating discussions and giving presentations to civic groups and agencies across its three-county service area.  

For more information about any of these activities or to schedule a presentation, email info@aspenmt.org or call 222-5902. If anyone needs assistance, the 24-hour support line is available at 222-8154.

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