Letter: Steppin’ Up to End Violence

To The Editor:

On Saturday, April 20, Claremont and Turning Points Network will host the “Steppin’ Up to End Violence” 5K Walk & Fun Run in what has become an annual tradition of community support for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Hundreds of our neighbors and friends will join together with TPN to raise awareness, funds and hope.

At a time filled with the reality of violence invading all of our lives, many people would like to make a difference but feel helpless. Last year alone, TPN provided services to 900 individuals and reached 2,200 students with school violence prevention programs throughout Sullivan County. The continuation of these services is vital in making real progress to end the cycle of violence. And with the gaps left by funding cuts in the last several years, this fundraiser is absolutely vital to ensuring that happens.

I hope you will join the Steppin’ Up community this year. You can form a team or join an existing one, collect pledges, and walk, roll, run or stroll. You can pledge others, become a sponsor, or volunteer at the walk. You’ll be rewarded with great food, raffles and the satisfaction of knowing you are part of the growing commitment to keep violence out of our homes and lives.

Call 603-543-0155 or go to www.free-to-soar.org for more information about this event and Turning Points Network.

Nora Kells Gordon

Board of Directors, Turning Points Network