WESTPORT — Back-to-school supplies are being collected locally through July 23 for residents of the area’s two Domestic Violence Crisis Center safe houses.
The campaign, organized by the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force, seeks donation of supplies for the coming school year at Police Department headquarters, 50 Jesup Road, and ASF Sports & Outdoors, 1560 Post Road East. Donations can be dropped off in collection bins at both locations through Sunday, July 23.
Organizers are collecting basic school items for children residing in DVCC safe houses. Donations can include: new backpacks, notebooks, pens/pencils/highlighters/crayons, new lunch boxes, graphing calculators and gift cards for retailers like Staples, Target, Walmart and Amazon.
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center provides a range of services, including safe houses, to support victims of domestic violence.
The free and confidential services, offered on a multicultural and multilingual basis, include assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing and personal items, according to a press statement.
Counseling and legal services also are available through the center, as well as transportation, children’s advocacy, weekly children’s programs, referrals to community resources and help with job searches, resumes and budgeting.
- Contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for assistance via its 24-hour hotline at 1-888-774-2900. Additional information is available at the DVCC website.
- For information about the Westport Domestic Violence Task Force, including membership and the group’s initiatives, visit the task force’s Facebook page.