Posted by Andrea Nelson on 12-13-2018
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- To Be Giving!
The Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation is your local resource for community giving. Whether you are an individual looking to give to your favorite charity or an organization that needs a platform to share your fundraising needs. We are excited to highlight the powerful stories of three local nonprofits that are helping people right here in Barnes County. Each story gives us an opportunity to think about how we each can make a difference this holiday season.
Part Two: Abused Persons Outreach Center
The Abused Persons Outreach Center (APOC) is committed to providing crisis intervention, support, and counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, they offer prevention services like The Green Dot Program that acts as a catalyst to changing the societal attitudes and behaviors.
The direct services provided by the staff and volunteers of APOC are free of charge to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They are the only agency providing direct services to victims in Barnes, Griggs and Steele County.
This past year, APOC has provided services to 163 adults and 106 children. Provided 2236 direct services including 765 advocacy services, 180 crisis intervention, 168 transportation, 21 protection orders, 17 emergency safe shelter, 21 relocation assistance, 233 hours supportive counseling and 59 complementary therapy sessions.
One of the biggest financial barriers faced by APOC are the restrictions from Federal and State grants they receive and the requirements for matching funds. Due to the specific guideline of the grants and the demand for direct service by the staff, this leaves little time to develop and cultivate relationships with those who have the capacity to support their needs.
APOC raises funds and awareness through their quarterly fundraising suppers, foundation grants and donations from the community. They have recently begun a Matching Funds Campaign where up to $10,000 has been pledged and serves as a match. This means with your help, they can raise $20,000 to provide crisis and emergency services to help your neighbors and their children escape domestic violence.
They also have an Endowment Fund established at the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation that will be a continuous source of funding as it continues to grow.
To learn more about how you can help the APOC or to give to their cause contact Kasey Skalicky at 845-0078
The Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation is proud to work with many small local nonprofits and help them increase their fundraising capacity so they may continue to provide their valuable services to our community. This is one of the ways the generous support received through our Annual Fundraiser and Business Challenge are being used. To learn more about the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation contact Andrea Nelson at 701-490-1596 or visit the website at
Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation
Andrea Nelson, Director
250 West Main Street
Valley City ND 58702
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Donors like Charlotte Van Houten Estate, Lilian Jacobson Estate and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Jane Winge, who gave to the Barnes Co Historical Society Endowment Fund have made a difference in their community and provided a gift that lasts forever. They are helping to meet the needs of the museum today and for years to come.