Local Allstate agency owners recently collected toiletries and other critically needed items through donation drives to help victims of domestic violence.
The donation drive during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was part of a nationwide effort by the Allstate Foundation to benefit women’s shelters and domestic violence nonprofits. One of the recipients was Turning Point of McHenry County.
In the McHenry County area, participating Allstate agency owners included Gary Bonick of Crystal Lake, Biatris Guzman of Harvard, Daniel Hickey of West Dundee, Steve Kosydar of Algonquin, Mark Moskal of Crystal Lake, Andre Smith of Algonquin and Bonnie Stipetic of Crystal Lake.
Volunteers across 24 states also tallied $500,000 in Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants for 45 nonprofit organizations, including $20,000 for Turning Point.
Supplies sent by area residents were donated to Turning Point to help domestic violence survivors reenter the workforce and find a path to financial independence.
“With funding being hard to get, every penny helps, and this was an incredible gift to us,” Turning Point Executive Director Jane Farmer said. “For the approximately 1,800 women, children and men who benefit from Turning Points services, this will help keep clients safe from domestic violence.”
Turning Point is expected to use the grant money to support some of its programs, including the secure emergency shelter. The shelter helps victims at their most vulnerable time by providing a safe space to stay.
“Financial abuse is one of the top reasons domestic violence victims can’t leave abusive relationships, and it affects every community,” said Gary Bonick, an Allstate agency owner in Crystal Lake who also serves as a Turning Point board member. “Local residents really came together for this great cause, and the support warmed our hearts.”
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) if you or someone you know needs help.