Vonnie’s Voice Awarded $2,500 to Protect Victims
Vonnie’s Voice announced last week via their Facebook Page that the organization was awarded a $2,500 grant from the El Pomar Foundation of Colorado and the Regional Council Members.
Vonnie’s Voice is a Lake County non-profit whose primary objective is to raise awareness about stalking and support stalking victims’ rights through strengthening legislation. The group’s efforts were realized when in May 2012, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signed HB12-1114 into Vonnie’s Law.
This month, the group’s efforts are focused on promoting National Stalking Awareness Month, which falls annually in January.
The Annual Vonnie’s Voice 5k Walk/Run is held in August and is the primary fundraiser for Vonnie’s Voice. The group also contributes to the local community in a number of ways in Miss Vonnie’s honor.
Vonnie’s Voice Scholarships. In May 2013, the committee awarded its second round of scholarships. Two $1,500 scholarships have been created in Vonnie’s memory and were presented to two (2) graduating seniors at Lake County High School Class Day this past May.
Winter Coats for Students. The Kindergarteners at Pitts Elementary School – where Vonnie taught for over 20 years – stayed warm and cozy this winter with donations of coats, pants, hats gloves – everything kids need to protect them from Leadville’s cold! The Committee also extended that donation to the little ones at Morning Star Child Care Center.
Miss Vonnie’s Room. A donation in Vonnie’s name was made to the Alder House Family-Crisis Center owned by the Advocates of Lake County to protect victims of violence. The children’s playroom has been named in Miss Vonnie’s memory and some of her old classroom decorations have been incorporated into the room as well.