United Way for Dawson County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign in September with plans to collect more than $100,000 for area social service organization partners. This is the second in a series of articles highlighting success stories from local agencies that receive assistance from United Way for Dawson County.
NOA (No One Alone), an advocacy group that provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence, is one of 11 organizations currently receiving funding from the United Way for Dawson County.
“The United Way’s financial support of NOA is instrumental in giving a voice to victims in Dawson County. Linking victims to shelter services enhances their safety and provides the assistance needed to move beyond crisis. We are proud to continue to be funded to assist vulnerable victims. Together, we can build a strong community free from violence and abuse,” said Marina Barron, executive director of NOA.
The United Way for Dawson County recognized the demand for NOA’s work in the community.
“This is a much needed service. They are so valuable to us. The NOA agency itself has been awarded five years in a row for providing outstanding services to families and children by the Department of Human Resources,” said Ruth Goode, executive director of the United Way for Dawson County.
“They are just an excellent agency. They keep their overhead low and spend their funds wisely,” she added.
NOA services Dawson and Lumpkin counties and has provided services to Dawson County residents since 1992. In addition to providing emergency shelter, advocates have been available to meet with victims of domestic violence in Dawson County when requested and assist with Temporary Protective Orders.
NOA provides legal advocacy, financial aid, a support group for victims and a 24-hour crisis hotline. NOA’s school prevention program has been very active in Dawsonville, presenting a curriculum on domestic violence and bullying to elementary and middle school students.
Additionally, parenting classes have been offered to the community to assist parents in developing a strong relationship with their children.
“October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. There couldn’t be a better time to recognize NOA for all the work they do in this community,” said Goode.
Other organizations currently receiving funding are READ, Inc., 4-H, Family Connection, The Mentoring Program, Challenged Child and Friends, Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Hall-Dawson CASA, Rape Response, the Red Cross and St. Vincent DePaul.
“We need the community’s help much more than we ever have. There are so many more people in need with the economy the way it is. If people can give, it’s greatly appreciated. We know it’s tough on everyone, but there are some folks that may have had resources last year that don’t this year. We just want to help,” said Goode.To find out more information about NOA or to report a domestic violence situation, call the crisis hotline at (706) 864-1986. Or visit the Web site at: www.noonealone.org.