As we make our way into spring, we at DOVES continue to strive to provide the highest level of service to our clientele. The snow days seem to be behind us, and we are buckling down on a number of projects. Strategic planning efforts for the organization are well underway, and DOVES staff along with the DOVES Board are putting in extra time to help create a forward-thinking vision for the organization. It’s our goal to have a working multi-year plan in place by 2018.
DOVES would like to thank the many members of the Big Bear community who have generously volunteered their time and resources to keep the DOVES’ food pantry well stocked. Because of their selfless work and donations, we are able to feed dozens of survivors of domestic abuse, as well as their families.
DOVES would also like to extend a very special “thank you” to the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake and the Kiwanis Club of Big Bear Valley. Both clubs set aside times during their weekly meetings to allow DOVES’ staff to come and present information about domestic abuse. DOVES Program Manager Quinton Page gave extensive presentations outlining the most up to date information on domestic abuse in our community, and what DOVES as an organization is doing to combat this issue. Both clubs were exceptionally welcoming and receptive to DOVES’ message, and we cannot thank them enough for being allies in our fight against domestic violence.
Several members of DOVES’ staff were honored to represent the organization at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence’s (CPEDV) annual conference “Shifting the Lens” in San Diego. The two-day event included prestigious keynote speakers, informative workshops, and various networking opportunities. All of the staff members who attended the event returned to Big Bear with a refreshed appreciation for the importance of the work we do. DOVES would like to extend our appreciation to CPEDV, for putting the event together, as well as for offering financial travel assistance to our organization.
Looking forward, DOVES’ Senior Manager Phyllis Axton and The Board have been hard at work organizing our annual Starry Starry Night Gala. This year’s event will take place at Community Church by the lake on Saturday September 30. We are also in the early stages of organizing the annual “Driving Out Domestic Violence” car show fundraiser, put on in partnership with the Rodriders. This year, the car show will take place on September 2, at the Big Bear Convention Center.