E-Newsletter Thanksgiving 2006

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Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

We here at Break the Cycle have a lot to be thankful for. As our programs continue to grow, so has the number of wonderful supporters and advocates for young people that help make Break the Cycle's efforts a success.

This year Break the Cycle is especially thankful for the generosity and support of nearly 200 volunteers and interns who have helped with everything from community outreach to administrative support, and from pro bono legal assistance to fundraising.

Each one of our volunteers brings his or her personal passion, commitment and reason for joining us. Recently, we conducted a survey where volunteers had the opportunity to share why they dedicate their time and talents to Break the Cycle. Here is some of what they had to say:

"I feel very strongly that the cycle of abuse can be stopped before it starts...by speaking to young people."

"I wanted to better serve the community and Break the Cycle is a very important organization dedicated to helping youth break free from domestic violence."

"I really believe in reaching out to young adults. BTC has found a great way to address domestic violence in the community... they give young victims a safe place to find assistance to begin to live lives free of fear."

We look forward to continuing to engage volunteers in new and rewarding ways. We're enhancing opportunities for volunteers to participate outside of business hours and regardless of geographic location. I invite all of you to contact us at volunteer@breakthecycle.org to learn how you can get involved.

Happy Holidays,

"Commitment to Strength"

Jewelry designer Jennifer Leitzes has created the "Commitment to Strength" charm to help raise funds and awareness to end domestic violence.

Each hand-crafted piece hangs from a matching chain and is engraved with the words justice, strength, hope, dignity and respect. The piece is available in silver and yellow, white or rose gold.

Buy the "Commitment to Strength" necklace as a special gift for yourself or someone you love.

30% of each charm sold will directly benefit Break the Cycle.

Bi-coastal Latino Public Education Campaign

This winter, Break the Cycle is launching a bi-coastal Latino public education campaign. We will create a broad-based outreach and education campaign for the prevention of domestic violence among Latino youth living in the County of Los Angeles and the District of Columbia.

In Los Angeles County Latinos represent 60% of the under-18 population and in Washington, DC Latinos represent 25% of the under-18 population. Latino youth face additional hurdles in accessing domestic violence services such as:

  • limited English proficiency
  • cultural barriers
  • fear of law enforcement and deportation
  • discrimination

Through this campaign, Break the Cycle hopes to educate and motivate Latino youth to better understand the domestic violence resources available within their communities and to take action to prevent the onset of abusive relationships.

We will partner with organizations such as El Nido in Los Angeles, CA and La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington, D.C. among others. These organizations will advise us in the education campaign and will help us distribute campaign materials to the youth they serve. Collaborations such as these always help us to better engage the community in our efforts against teen dating violence.

Shopping Made Easy... and Charitable!

Join Break the Cycle this holiday season by participating in our 2006 Holiday Online Auction! Bid on items from our generous donors, including The Container Store, Dreamworks Animation, New Line Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Hollywood, Regal Cinemas and many more! The holiday auction is just one more way that you can partner with Break the Cycle and help prevent and end domestic and dating violence.

Some of the items being auctioned include a Lord of the Rings DVD set, an autographed Over the Hedge lithograph, a griddler from Cuisinart, Los Angeles Dodgers tickets, Beanie Babies and much more!

All the money that this auction raises goes to support our programs, so bid away!

The items will be posted on eBay under the seller name "supportbreakthecycle." To find our auction, just enter "Break the Cycle" in the eBay search field and you'll be directed to our items! Break the Cycle will even gift wrap your purchases unless you request otherwise. So give to Break the Cycle by shopping at our 2006 Holiday Online Auction!

Give Double with iGive.com

Now you can support Break the Cycle by shopping with iGive.com! It's simple. Just select Break the Cycle, Inc. as your charity of choice, then shop at any of the 400+ popular stores online at iGive.com.

You can find great deals on items from popular vendors like Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Office Depot, Barnes & Noble, Toys 'R Us and iTunes.

Each company donates a designated percentage of everything you buy to Break the Cycle with no additional costs. The first time you purchase on iGive.com an additional five dollars will be donated to Break the Cycle. So, shop with iGive.com this holiday season, and each gift will give even more!

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