The U.S. Bank Foundation awarded SAFE of Columbia County with a $1,500 check for general operating support in August. This award enables SAFE to continue its mission to empower community members to live safe, healthy lives free from abuse.

SAFE stands for Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment. The agency meets the needs of those affected by domestic and sexual violence by providing 24-hour crisis response, ongoing advocacy, counseling and safety planning for survivors as well as prevention education throughout the community. SAFE recently changed its name from Columbia County Women’s Resource Center and has been serving Columbia County since 1979.

SAFE relies heavily on the support of donations from community partners like U.S. Bank Foundation as well as individual local donors and volunteers.

New volunteer advocate training will begin Sept. 24. This 40-hour training meets statewide requirements for anyone in direct service advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Those interested in volunteering can contact Katie Troha, DVSA advocate and volunteer coordinator at 503-397-7110.

If you or someone you know is seeking services related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, call the 24/7 crisis line at 503-397-6161 or (toll free) 1-866-397-6161.

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