By Sierra Community House | Wednesday, October 13, 2021
IVCBA, Paint the Lake Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What is this all about?

Sierra Community House is a non-profit organization serving North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. We connect and empower our community through family strengthening, crisis intervention, hunger relief and legal services. Part of our mission is to end domestic and sexual violence, as well as child abuse. This October, Sierra Community House is participating in an annual, nationwide campaign to end Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to creating awareness within our community, which can be especially important in an area like Lake Tahoe.  Often locals and visitors alike develop a romanticized picture of life at the lake. While many of these aspects of “Lake Life” are true, it is also true that our community is not immune to the challenges of poverty, injustice and inter-personal violence.  As our Executive Director, Paul Bancroft, often notes, “Regardless of how beautiful the setting is, these issues exist”. Domestic Violence is something that affects all people, regardless of socio-economic status, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or any other method of classifying human beings. In other words, it happens here. 

How can you support? What does Paint the Lake Purple look like?
During the Month of October, Sierra Community House and Live Violence Free (the Domestic Violence organization in South Lake Tahoe) are promoting awareness around ending violence and encouraging healthy relationships through our Paint the Lake Purple Campaign. Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness. Join us for events throughout the month at different locations around the lake. Events are free and a great way to learn more about ending violence and what our organizations do. The events are a fun way to help spread awareness about these issues in our community. If you can’t make an event, there are other ways to become an advocate for healthy relationships.  You can join our Paint the Lake Purple Campaign through Social Media!  Follow the guidelines on our website and you will be entered in a raffle. Other ways to help support is by directing someone who could benefit from our services to our programs, volunteering, taking our Crisis Intervention Training classes, attending one of the many events offered by our organization throughout the year, and by donating!

Don’t forget to tag #paintthelakepurple and #healthyrelationshipsforall and @sierracommunityhouse when participating in our social media campaign.

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