1.To learn something about yourself.
Kids/teens and Tweens may ADORE you, the older victim will appreciate you, even if they are unable to say so, maybe youíll only find that out after you spend an afternoon every week mentoring a youngster.
2.To have fun!
Volunteer doing something you love, and it will be amazing!
3.Because youíre passionate about a cause.
You always loved helping others, now is a good time to help someone who CANNOT help theirselves. Volunteer and be involved in something you really care about!
4.To explore career possibilities.
Maybe youíre heading to (or are already in) college or the Ďwork worldí. By volunteering you gain experience. Experience is key!
5.Itís time to get up and do something.
Don't sit there talking about what needs to be done, start a movement and do something. Be productive!!
6.Learn something new
You can learn a lot from volunteering
7. You are fulfilled knowing you made a difference in the lives and wellbeing of others.
Walk away with a sense of self pride and accomplishment.
8.Make someone elseís day.
Your extra little effort to help someone can actually prove to be a great help.
9.Volunteering looks REALLY good when applying for any job or higher education institute.
The position you may be desiring could be the one you are being trained on right now.
10.Feel good about yourself!
Know that, after volunteering, you did something great. Really great. Be proud of yourself.
11.Itís time to DO SOMETHING!
Apathy is boring.
Empathy is a world of difference, could be the difference between life and death
Making the decision to leave is very hard, especially if you have a child with your abusive partner. Whether or not you are ready or able to leave, you can take steps to help keep you and your child safe. If you stay:
If you leave:
Each situation is different, and as a parent you know what is best for your child. If you canít leave your partner for fear of your own or your childís safety, contact a resource in your community that can give you information and tell you about the various options available to you and your family. Break the Cycle can help. For more information, you can contact us anonymously through the Ask Anything section of thesafespace.org.
ARLINGTON ó Arlington Police Officer Jillian Smith gave her life Tuesday night to protect people like Kimberly Carter and her 11-year-old daughter Ciani.
But she wasn't the only one who tried to save them. Carter's parents tried desperately to rescue their daughter and granddaughter Tuesday night from the man they say threatened to kill them time and time again. On the night the shooting happened, the Carters said their daughter was trying to break up with Barnes Nettles, who police identified as the man who killed Kimberly Carter and Officer Smith before taking his own life. The Carter family said their daughter and Nettles had fought Tuesday night. It got physical, and he left. Then he came back with a gun.
The only one who made it out of that apartment alive was Carter's 11-year-old daughter, who told her grandparents what happened. "When he walked in and had his gun, the officer immediately put herself in front of Ciani, and he started shooting," said Leah Richardson, Kimberly's mom. The heroic move by Officer Smith was confirmed by 11-year-old Ciani Jennings, who saw the policewoman get shot down... and then watched in terror as her mother was chased by the gunman.
"When he was starting to go towards Kim, Kim ran to the bedroom and closed the door; Cianni ran out the door and ran to a neighbor's house," said Willie Richardson, the victim's father. "That's how she was able to survive, because of the swift and correct actions of the police officer." Earlier in the night, Carter's parents knew there was trouble. They first received a couple of text messages ó then a frantic phone call. "My daughter told me that [Nettles] came over, tried to get him out, but he refused to leave, they got into a fight, and he bit her on her face."
As Carter called police, her parents drove over to her apartment. They saw a patrol car in the parking lot; then saw Barnes Nettles walking up to her door. But it was already too late. "The officer was laying on the floor, and we could see there had been a struggle because we can see broken glass and we could see blood," Willie Richardson said. They ran to another apartment and called for help, worried that they would be Nettles' next victims. "I think it had already happened, he was waiting so he could take us out too, because he said he was going to take out the whole family," Richardson said.
For two long hours, the Richardsons hid ó not knowing if their daughter was alive of if their granddaughter had survived. It wasn't until they were reunited with Ciani that they learned what happened; how she heard her mother get shot as she ran from the home... and what a rookie police officer did to save her life. "She wanted to let the family know that she was very thankful... those are her own words... that the officer spared her life," Leah Richardson said, quoting her granddaughter. Kimberly Carter's parents say they had also lived in fear for months because Nettles had threatened their lives, too.
WE HAVE GOT TO BREAK THE SILENCE AND PUT AN END TO ABUSE~
ARLINGTON ó Through the day and into the night Thursday, people keep stopping by to leave flowers and mementos on the squad car of Officer Jillian Smith. She was gunned down Tuesday night while investigating a domestic violence case. Smith is credited with saving the life of an 11-year-old girl whose mother, Kimberly Carter, was also killed that night. The girl is in the process of writing her a letter of thanks to the slain officer. she also wants to leave flowers.
More than 100 people participated in a Thursday evening vigil to honor Smith and Carter at the Arbrook Park apartments, where the shootings took place. Neighbors remembered two lives lost with song and prayer. "Even though evil came in, we can come out and show that we are strong," said resident Ernest Baylor.
The families of both victims were touched by the show of community support. "It tears my heart that my sister is gone... gone," said Candace Washington, Carter's sister. She worries about the impact of the tragedy on her 11-year-old niece. "I don't want her to forget one thing about her mom, and we are going to make that possible," Washington said.
They will also not let her forget the supreme sacrifice that Officer Smith made to protect her. "She is very, very happy that the officer did her job, and she really appreciates her," Washington said. "Every time we talk about it, she says, 'That lady saved my life.'" For the first time on Thursday, Smith's parents, sister and other relatives visited her squad car at the south police station. They were clearly overwhelmed with grief, but very proud. "It doesn't surprise me that she did what she did," said Ron Haney, the slain officer's uncle. "Again, very proud of her."
Funeral arrangements are now set for Officer Smith. There will be a candlelight vigil Monday at 6 p.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington. That will be followed by a private wake. Then on Tuesday, Officer Smith's funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at the same church.
WE MUST BREAK THE SILENCE ON ABUSE~