Women of Steel raise funds, awareness for victims of domestic violence

The Women of Steel committee at Local 310L in Des Moines, Iowa, recently raised $1,125 for the Soaring Hearts Foundation, a cause near and dear to their hearts.

Unfortunately, the local lost one of their union sisters to domestic violence in 2014, and the foundation’s founder, Tiffany Allison, a domestic abuse survivor, helped her family and the local navigate their grief and trauma. Then in 2017, the local lost yet another sister to domestic violence, and Tiffany was once again at their side.

“We have maintained a relationship with Tiffany and try to support her work,” the committee said.

The recent funds were raised through a meat stick sale, though normally the committee hosts an annual “Ladies Night” to benefit the foundation.

Soaring Hearts is a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence and other violent crime, and the organization travels to every corner of the globe to help victims in need of assistance and educate communities on the victim experience. Learn more at www.soaringhearts.org.  

The Women of Steel Committee out of Local 8-957 in West Virginia also continued their campaign to keep alive the memory of their union sister Tammy Teagarden and her children, who were killed in a domestic violence incident several years ago.

This year the committee filled gift bags for women and children residing at several domestic violence shelters. A special catered dinner was also provided.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Learn more at www.ncadv.org.

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