Simple, but powerful, ways to take a stand against domestic violence

Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month, and the staff and volunteers at Helping Hands Against Violence are doing just that. Beginning the first week of October, community members will see purple ribbons downtown, informational stickers on coffee cups and bags from local shops, and a candlelit vigil on Oct. 6. The month culminates with Helping Hands annual fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar.

Please join Helping Hands at their candlelit vigil on Oct. 6 in the park by Hood River library. We invite community partners, survivors and victims of domestic violence, and their support network to attend a vigil in solidarity with survivors of violence. This will be an evening with music, survivor stories, and appreciation to community members who have worked to be part of the solution to end domestic violence. In addition to your presence, you can further show support by choosing the wear the color purple, symbolizing your commitment to end violence. Stand with us in honor of those who cannot stand here with us today.

The Helping Hands Auction Gala on Oct. 26 is the non-profit’s annual fundraiser which directly supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through shelter, advocacy and education. Admission is free. There will be music, hearty appetizers, and a lively auction. In addition, this year Helping Hands introduces a scholarship fund in the memory of Millie May, one of the organization’s founders, who passed away earlier this year.

Helping Hands is a community supported non-profit organization committed to providing shelter, advocacy and education in the gorge, by serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. More information is available on the Helping Hands website,

Six simple, local ways to raise awareness of domestic violence:

  • Participate in Helping Hands Candlelit Vigil on Oct. 6
  • Wear the color purple — the symbolic color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Attend Helping Hands Annual Gala on Oct. 24
  • Make a donation to Helping Hands Against Violence at
  • Share the care.
  • Call Helping Hands at 541-386-4808, and just ask, “What is your greatest need today?” Your call will be the best one of the day

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