For the past two years, Safe Avenues, the Willmar-based shelter house for the victims of domestic violence, has held Pedal for Project Impact. The first year, it was a family ride on the Glacial Lakes State Trail.
A year later, we added a couple routes for cyclists who wanted a road ride that went a little farther.
This year, we’re trying some altogether different, as explained in the fundraising letter which follows:
I’m back again asking for your help. In 2011, I asked you to contribute when I rode my bicycle in the week-long Habitat 500.
This June my friend, Bob Hines, and I are doing Pedal for Project Impact. It will be a two-man ride from Willmar to the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park. From there, we’ll follow the river as far as we can on our way back to Willmar.
Our ride is intended to raise money for and awareness of a program at Safe Avenues, the local shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
While there is a variety of funding sources for programs for women, Project Impact, the efforts to help children who have experienced violence in their homes are supported strictly by local contributions.
Project Impact offers parenting education for moms.
It provides support groups for children who witness domestic violence.
Care for children when their moms are working on safety planning or attending groups.
The project works with members of community who assist children or work on behalf of children.
It also offers referral and access to counseling services, school social workers, child guide programs, day care providers, mentorship programs, family activities, and children’s events.
That’s why Bob and I will be pedaling for Project Impact.
If you’d like to help, you can contribute in a variety of ways.
You can mail a donation to: Safe Avenues, PO Box 568, Willmar, MN 56201. Please write PPI on the memo line of your check.
Donations can also be done online at http://www.willmarshelter.com. Just click on the donate button at the top of the home page and follow the instructions.