Every 15 seconds in the United States a woman is beaten by her
husband. That means that by the time you wake up in the morning,
grab your newspaper off the porch, pour yourself a bowl of cereal,
and then maybe turn on Good Morning America, 240 women have been
battered. Whether it be physically, emotionally, or sexually
abused, domestic violence is nothing to joke about. It's scary, and
I've witnessed it first hand.
Hi! My name is Nichelle, I'm seventeen and currently a senior in
high school. Recently I set out on a quest to volunteer myself to
an organization that needed me, one I could make a difference in
and look back knowing I've helped a great deal. After putting a bit
of though into it, I knew exactly where I was meant to be.
In my county there is a shelter for battered women, one of the
1,500 in the country. It's safe, it's secure, and I myself have
been there before. In fact it helped my family to get our lives
together after leaving an abusive husband to my mother, my own
step-father. It's unbelievable the help they supply, the support
they provide. It was obvious this was the place I needed to give
There is only one problem.
I'm too young to volunteer.
What I CAN do is spread the word. What I CAN do is ask for your
assistance. Be it a donation of supplies, gift cards, a dollar bill
here or there, fundraising ideas, or even stories of your battle
with domestic violence, and how you overcame it. Anything
I want to make a difference here, go above and beyond, and most
importantly I just want to make someone else's life better, even if
it's in an insignificant way.