Helpmate is a non-profit organization in Asheville, NC that assists women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The agency offers emergency shelter, a 24-hr hotline, counseling, court advocacy, and community education programs.
Like FVPC, Helpmate relies heavily on the creativity, skills, and talents of the dedicated volunteers in their community! The array of skills and passions help to serve clients in their own unique ways. Using their diverse educational backgrounds and interests, FVPC volunteers have launched and facilitated support groups for women and children, provided child care, created and maintained our blogging, hosted community education events and various fundraisers, and even designed new brochures and business cards.
You can read more about Liz Miller here, a volunteer at Helpmate who decided to use her love for card-making to launch a creative project using “Hope Notes”.
Hope Notes encourages community members to reach out to victims of domestic violence by writing supportive, hopeful words on cards that Miller crafts. Miller hopes that her project will not only comfort the women who Helpmate serves, but will also spread awareness in her community about the affects of domestic violence. “A lot of times, [women who stay at the shelter arrive with] low self-esteem, feeling [they’re] unworthy of love,” Miller says. “I wanted to connect the community with those women and children,” which she hopes will empower their decision to reach out for help.