For 11 months of the year, Molly Maid is known by our signature pink and navy cars, logos and uniforms yet every October, purple takes center stage. Purple is the official color of October and National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and supporters use it to speak up and raise funds to help victims of America’s most under-reported crime.
Molly Maid started the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996 as a way to help our franchise owners and team members rally around a cause affecting one in four women in her lifetime. While our independently owned and operated franchise businesses participate in events ranging from walking a mile in her shoes in the Treasure Coast to hosting barn parties and rewarding the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl in Youngstown, Ohio to reaching out to customers for personal care item donations and financial contributions across the country, we show our solidarity with purple ribbons.
At Molly Maid’s annual Convention, one franchise owner is celebrated for their efforts to the cause, and for 2011, Pat Belardi, owner of Molly Maid of Marin & West Contra Costa Counties was selected for her long-term commitment and raising over $34,000 through customer outreach and personal contributions over the years. Belardi supports the Center for Domestic Peace in San Rafael, Calif. You can read about stories of survival to get a glimpse of why eradicating this issue means so much to so many.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be accessed at (800) 799-7233 and is a confidential resource and helps answer these important questions:
- What is domestic violence?
- Am I being abused?
- What is a safety plan?
- How can I help a friend?
Domestic violence isn’t the easiest topic to talk about though the statistics make it more likely than not that someone you know or love could be affected. The National Network to End Domestic Violence conducts an annual, national census and in 2011, in a 24-hour period on September 15, 67,399 victims were served by 1,726 domestic violence shelters and agencies who participated in the survey. You can find out about your state’s summary online, including services unmet due to shortage of funds or staff.
This October, join the team at Molly Maid and get involved any way you can. Volunteer at a shelter, wear a purple ribbon, donate a wish list item to an organization in your area or make a contribution to the Ms. Molly Foundation to help more victims become survivors.