Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The NYC Anti-Violence Project, September's Non-Profit Spotlight

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has a 34-year history of making New York a safer place for LGBTQ and HIV-affected people.  Its mission is as important now as ever.  In fact, AVP has documented a four-year trend of increasing reports of anti-LGBTQ hate violence in New York City, including a 26% increase last year. 

Here are six things you can do today to end violence against the LGBTQ community, and one thing you can do later. 

  1. Sign up for AVP’s Community Alerts and e-newsletter. Be aware of when violent incidents happen in the city.
  2. Like AVP on Facebook
  3. Volunteer with AVP.  More than 300 people volunteer to help AVP fulfill its mission.  Join us at an upcoming volunteer orientation.
  4. Give AVP’s hotline number to a friend.  Anyone can call 212-714-1184 at any time to talk with a counselor about their experience with violence.
  5. Report an incident.  Incidents of violence range from verbal harassment on the street, to physical abuse within a relationship, to even more extreme forms.  You can report via our hotline at 212-714-1184 or online.
  6. Invite AVP to speak to your company or ERG. Email mbuhrmester@avp.org to invite AVP to share information about its to your company or employee resource group.
And here’s what you can do later:

Attend AVP’s 18th Annual Courage Awards on September 18.  Join other advocates for safety in celebrating this year’s honorees: The cast and producers of GLEE, Christopher Street Financial, and Mark Sexton.  This is a fun and meaningful fundraiser that helps AVP prevent and respond to violence.

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