FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cassandra Lafser, City of Orlando (407) 246-2182
Michele Plant, Heart of Florida United Way (407) 230-3468
Taylor Ulman, Harbor House of Central Florida (407) 756-8172
City of Orlando and Harbor House
Volunteers Hit the Streets With OPD Chief Paul Rooney to Raise Awareness
on Signs of Domestic Abuse During United Way Days of Caring
As part of the It Takes Courage campaign, Orlando Police Chief
Paul Rooney will join Harbor House and more than 100 volunteers as part
of Heart of Florida United Way Days of Caring to distribute 15,000 door
hangers to raise community awareness about the signs of domestic abuse.
Volunteers will spread out among 46 apartment complexes throughout the
City of Orlando.
The It Takes Courage campaign was launched on
August 23 by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Chief Rooney and Harbor House in
an effort to address the dramatic rise of incidences of domestic abuse
in the City of Orlando over the last three years. This campaign seeks to
educate the community on the warning signs of domestic abuse to empower
survivors to take control of their lives and create safer communities.
The 46 apartment complexes were selected because they are
part of the City’s Crime Free Multi-Housing initiative, a partnership
between rental property owners, residents and OPD to eliminate crime in
multi-housing rental properties. To become a certified Crime Free
Multi-Housing complex, the property owner must complete a three step
program that includes specialized training and security enhancements.
Friday, September 23, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Kick-off will be held at Valencia College – West in Parking Lot E
1800 South Kirkman Road
*The kick-off event will include Chief Rooney,
Harbor House Executive Director Carol Wick, United Way Campaign Chair
David Fuller (President/CEO of SunTrust Bank, Central Florida) with the
more than 100 volunteers.
Following the kick-off, volunteers will spread out across
46 apartment complexes in the City of Orlando to distribute door-hangers
that encourage anyone who sees or hears domestic violence happening to
dial 911 or call Harbor House’s hotline number.
Organized by Heart of Florida United Way, Days of Caring connects
businesses, organizations and individuals with volunteer opportunities
to help those in need in our community. This hands-on volunteer day
offers a range of projects with United Way partner agencies in Orange,
Osceola and Seminole counties. Projects include reading to children,
cooking breakfast for seniors, repairing homes, building playgrounds and
many other rewarding opportunities that make a difference. This year,
more than 1,900 corporate and community volunteers from more than 40
local businesses and organizations will roll up their sleeves to work on
nearly 70 projects at 36 local nonprofit agencies throughout the
tri-county area. To learn more visit www.hfuw.org.
About Harbor House
Harbor House is Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence
facility and seeks to eliminate domestic violence in Central Florida by
providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice. Harbor
House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and
emotional support, and legal advocacy for thousands of domestic violence
survivors and their children each year. Harbor House also prepares
survivors for re-entry into the community - connecting them to resources
that will enable them to live independently, safely and peacefully.