In 2014, Steelworkers Local 310L in Des Moines, Iowa, lost one of their union sisters to domestic violence.
Ever since, the local’s Women of Steel Committee has been supporting the Soaring Hearts Foundation, an advocacy group for victims of domestic violence and other violent crime.
This year, the committee raised $1,125 for the foundation, a cause near and dear to their hearts, through a meat stick sale. Normally, the committee hosts an annual Ladies Night to benefit the organization.
After the 2014 incident, Tiffany Allison, the foundation’s founder and a domestic abuse survivor herself, helped their union sister’s family and the local navigate their grief and trauma.
“In 2017, we lost yet another union sister to domestic violence, and Tiffany was once again at our side,” the committee said. “We have maintained a relationship with her and try to support her work.”
Founded in 2014, the Soaring Hearts Foundation travels to every corner of the globe to help victims in need of assistance and to educate communities on the victim experience. Learn more at soaringhearts.org.
Meanwhile, the Women of Steel Committee out of Steelworkers Local 8-957 in West Virginia continued their campaign to keep alive the memory of their union sister Tammy Teagarden and her children, who were killed in a domestic violence incident several years ago.
This year, the committee filled gift bags for women and children residing at several domestic violence shelters and provided a special catered dinner.
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. In one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Learn more by visiting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence at ncadv.org.
Locally, if you need help, contact Safe Connections, a nonprofit St. Louis organization which works to reduce the impact and incidence of domestic and sexual violence through individual and group therapy, 24-hour crisis intervention and prevention education programming. Visit safeconnections.org for more information.
(Some information from USW.org)
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