Steppin’ Up to End Violence is a unique community event and fundraiser that Turning Points Network has held annually in Claremont since 2006. It is the signature fundraising event for TPN. Every year it grows and expands, due mainly to the incredible individuals and teams “steppin’ up” to walk, stroll, jog or run to end violence in their communities. In 2016, Steppin’ Up raised over $100,000 for survivors and programs - an amazing achievement! The funds generated from Steppin’ Up go towards support, services, and programs for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking in Sullivan County, as well as to our prevention education programs in local schools. These programs cover topics such as healthy relationships, respect, empathy, bullying, personal safety, and sexual harassment. Some of our services to survivors include a 24-hour crisis and support line, emergency shelter, peer counseling, support groups, court, medical and social services advocacy, and a safe home network. All of our services are free to survivors.
|8:30-9:30 am||Sign-in for all participants and last-minute donations|
|9:45 am||Pre-Event Rally|
|10:00 am||Walk/Run begins and ends at Claremont Middle School|
|11:15 am||Refreshments and Post-Event Rally|
There is no registration fee to participate in Steppin’ Up; the majority of funds raised for TPN at this event are raised through the efforts of individuals and teams. Teams can number any size – from 2 people to 100! They can include your family, friends, or the employees of your entire company. Individuals and teams fundraise through pledge forms and/or our online fundraising site, FirstGiving, or any number of other creative ideas. Past ideas have included bake sales, auctions, raffle baskets, and bingo nights. Runners are welcome and encouraged to participate. Although Steppin’ Up is not a competitive run, there is a large display clock for self-timing and there will be prizes for the top finishing runners.
|$35 will||Provide court advocacy to a survivor in need of an emergency restraining order|
|$50 will||Provide one night’s stay, emergency services, advocacy, support, food, and transportation for a family residing in the emergency shelter OR purchase materials and workbook for a survivor attending a sexual assault support group|
|$100 will||Provide six weeks of support and crisis intervention for a survivor of stalking, domestic violence, or sexual assault|
|$250-$350 will||Offer healthy relationships, sexual assault, and gender equity programs to students in grades 9-12 to help prevent relationship and peer violence|
|$500 will||Pay for a training of up to 40 law enforcement officers in Sullivan County on the issues of violence and the statutes that provide relief for victims and that hold perpetrators accountable|
|$1000 will||Provide child and family activities for families residing in our shelter, provide a Leadership Sponsorship for TPN events including Steppin’ Up, OR provide training for 6 new volunteers to staff the crisis line|
|$2500 will||Operate the 24-hour crisis line for 6 months, provide a match for a full-time AmeriCorps member for 6 months, provide a Prime Sponsorship for Steppin’ Up, OR bring the nationally recognized Coaching Boys Into Men program into athletic departments in Sullivan County|