The room at the Lodge at Four Seasons was packed full of Citizens Against Domestic Violence Supporters on Wednesday for their annual brunch.
The annual event has grown throughout the years. This year, ten new tables were added to the room and a record high of proceeds were donated.
October is a month full of fundraisers for the organization since it is domestic violence awareness month. The brunch was held as a fundraiser and to raise awareness for the current needs at the shelter.
One of their biggest needs is for more SART volunteers. SART — Sexual Assualt Response Team — responds to both sexual and domestic assault calls. Medical personnel, law enforcement and a CADV representative are all called in when a case comes in. This way, the victim only has to discuss their experience one time.
"We try to make it simply by all coming together," Kellie Walters with CADV said.
CADV steps in and finds out what the victim needs whether that is information, resources, a place to stay, clothing or tangible goods.
"We provide what they need or the resources to get it," Walters said.
Volunteers for this position do not have to be highly trained when they sign up. According to Walters, CADV is looking for "anyone with a passion for helping people."
When a volunteer signs up, a background check will be done and then they will be trained by the shelter staff.
If this volunteer position is not for you, CADV still has other needs.
"We still have a lot of needs. SART is our biggest one right now," Walters said.
Volunteers are able to set their own schedule but need to be available for all hours of the day on days they are on call.
To find out more, contact CADV by calling 573-346-9630.
So far in 2013, CADV has...
covered 354 hotline calls
provided 2,066 bed nights
assisted 276 new victims and 430 ongoing victims
provided support for 49 SART hospital calls
provided free counseling to 316 women in need