As the need for our services escalates, and the cost to provide those services rises, we will need more support from our community in this pivotal time of year.
Arlington nonprofits achieve Giving Tuesday goals, but donor participation concerns linger
by James Jarvis
“Linley Beckbridge, director of Communications and Advocacy at Doorways, which provides shelter to survivors of domestic violence, says the number of adults and children they have checked into the shelter has doubled within the last five years.
‘Domestic violence is on the rise,’ Beckbridge said. ‘As Arlington’s only provider of safehousing — emergency shelter for survivors and their children in imminent danger due to domestic violence — it is critical that Doorways expands our capacity to meet the growing need.'”
Read more on ARLnow.
For more ways kids and teens can kid involved with Doorways’ mission, please check out our Kids’ Corner!
14 Places to Volunteer with Kids and Teens
Arlington Magazine, November 27, 2023, Stephanie Kanowitz
Doorways: Concerned Arlington residents started Doorways in 1978 as a safe haven for families in crisis. The organization provides shelter, with a mission of helping people find a way out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault. Although all in-person volunteer activities have a minimum age of 18, there are ways young ones can get involved. Twice a year, Doorways invites volunteers to sponsor a child—once before school starts, when you can help provide back-to-school supplies, and during the winter holidays, when you’re invited to make wishes come true for kids in need. Check the website for when sponsorship forms become available.
Arlington Magazine Guide to Giving 2023
November 10, 2023 Arlington Magazine
The following organizations are based in Northern Virginia and provide critical services to the immediate community. Many thanks to the Arlington Community Foundation for its help in compiling this resource.
Every day, thousands of adults, youth and children in Arlington suffer the impacts of domestic violence and sexual assault. Intimate partner violence is a leading cause of homelessness, especially among women and families. As Arlington’s only provider of emergency shelter, services and supportive housing for survivors and their families, Doorways has in recent years seen a dramatic increase in those requiring emergency shelter to escape harm. The nonprofit is expanding its capacity to meet this growing need while also maintaining a full spectrum response to domestic and sexual violence, from prevention programming for youth to community-based services and supportive housing.
What a donation can do:
❱❱ $250 provides a play- or art-based therapy session for a child healing from the impacts of domestic violence.
❱❱ $500 supports a family graduating from Doorways’ shelter to its HomeStart supportive housing program by funding essentials like a new bed and kitchen supplies.
❱❱ $1,000 provides one week of emergency shelter in safe housing for a survivor escaping domestic violence.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers 18 or older who have graduated from high school are needed to assist with shelter coverage, children’s activities, interpretation, administrative support and fundraising. Individuals working directly with clients must complete at least 40 hours of training and a background check. Community groups, including youth and children, can help by organizing collection drives and fundraisers.
See also Arlington Magazine’s complete November-December 2023 issue.
“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an important time to highlight the issue of domestic violence and its effects on victims, survivors, families, and communities. Everyone deserves to have access to a community where people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. We caught up with Linley Beckbridge, Director of Marketing & Communications and Advocacy at Doorways to discuss the importance of accessibility in your community.” Read more from Recite Me.
One of first females in country to achieve status
By Shirley Ruhe, Arlington Connection
Avery Park from Arlington is one of the first females in the country to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. She says usually it takes 7 years to achieve Eagle Scout status but she did it in four. She chose to organize the fifth floor storage space for Doorways and develop an online tracking system as her Eagle Scout project. “I knew I wanted to do something to support women and children.”
Continue reading in the Arlington Connection.
Darius Martin is thrilled to amplify awareness and generate funds with his new single, “Sparks Don’t Fly”
“R&B meets pop sensation Darius Martin releases the new single ‘Sparks Don’t Fly’ featuring Latin singer-songwriter Shantal Vella. The single is a powerful profile on the damaging effects of abusive relationships, offering an intimate window inside the emotional toll it takes on two hearts.
Teaming up with the esteemed non-profit, Doorways, and ahead of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Darius Martin is thrilled to amplify awareness and generate funds with his new single, ‘Sparks Don’t Fly’. Serving the Arlington, Virginia, community, Doorways extends comprehensive support to survivors, providing housing, counseling, court advocacy, and more. With a 24/7 hotline and a robust community outreach program, Doorways stands firmly with survivors. Darius Martin is proud to drive impactful change with this new release.
‘Sparks Don’t Fly’ blends melodic cascades of percussion with an emotive vocal symphony shared between Darius Martin and Shantal Vella. Over subtle, refined beats, ‘Sparks Don’t Fly’ will immerse you in a lyrically tender narrative, bringing awareness towards domestic violence. Darius Martin admits, ‘I wanted people who have been in abusive relationships to know they’re not alone.'” Continue reading.
“Sparks Don’t Fly” is written about domestic violence in hopes of showing listeners that they are never alone
“Darius Martin is a Los Angeles based artist who fuses elements of pop and R&B into his sonics while crafting powerful narratives that resonate with day-to-day life. His newly released single, “Sparks Don’t Fly” featuring Shantal Vella, is written about domestic violence in hopes of showing listeners that they are never alone. Martin is partnering with Doorways, an organization based in Arlington, Virginia that provides resources and support for survivors.” Continue reading.
As of September 8th, Doorways Accepting Amazon Wishlist Items Only
We would like to thank the countless donors who have supported Doorways’ mission as it has grown and evolved over the years. As we leave our current office at the end of 2023 and move into a new space in Ballston Quarter, we unfortunately will no longer have the storage capabilities we once had. To adjust to this change, as of September 8th, Doorways will no longer be accepting item donations outside of our Amazon Wishlist. We will continue accepting gift cards.
To ensure your items reach those in need, we encourage anyone who is interested in donating physical items to check out our amazing peer organizations linked on our website. If you have any questions related to in-kind giving in or around Arlington, please feel free to contact Ashley Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-504-9271.
To continue providing items to Doorways clients, please visit our Amazon Wishlist, which is regularly updated to meet the urgent needs of our families. Thank you for your support!
“It was a sell out crowd for the 14th annual Doorways Pig and Oyster Roast fundraiser held at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company on Thursday, May 4,” the Arlington Connection reported. “The event raised $7,500 to support Doorways programs including shelter, housing and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Their services include families and individual survivors of all genders as well as youth.” Read more.
See event photos on Facebook
Want to help empower a survivor this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM)? This year, we are hosting a fundraiser designed to do just that! We’re asking donors to select from 3 different empowerment gift bundles designed to aid our clients in healing, self-care, and self-love.
In addition to the specially tailored items, we’re asking donors to provide a gift card, at whichever level works best, to complete their gift bundle. We ask for gift cards as they empower our clients with the opportunity and freedom to show themselves some love!
Below you can find a description of each available bundle along with their estimated value:
- Skincare Empowerment Bundle ($16 value): Who doesn’t love an at home Spa Day! Included in this kit is a wonderful assortment for a relaxing self-love skincare routine!
- Crafting Empowerment Bundle ($25 value): With a combination of relaxing coloring books, and paint by number kits, this bundle opens the door to artistic expression!
- Ultimate Self-Care Empowerment Bundle ($46 value): Skincare, crafts, sensory toys, and comforting weighted plushies combine to create our ultimate self-care empowerment bundle!
For more ways to take action during SAAPM, check out:
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM): 5 Ways to Take Action