Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Allstate Foundation Launches ClicktoEmpower.com to Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Survivors

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — The Allstate Foundation and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Fund launched an e-mail campaign to bring people to ClicktoEmpower.com, a special Web site created to educate readers about the devastating impact of financial abuse and raise critical funding to support victims of domestic violence. For each person who visits ClicktoEmpower.com and clicks the "Click to Empower" button, $1 will be donated by The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program to the Education and Job Training Assistance (EJTA) Fund, with a total contribution of up to $300,000. The EJTA Fund helps domestic violence survivors pursue long-term financial security by providing vital financial assistance for education, training and job-related expenses.

The Allstate Foundation takes a unique stance on the issue of domestic violence by focusing its efforts on providing tools that help survivors move toward economic independence. Experts report that economic control is a tactic commonly used by abusers to prevent their victims from leaving abusive situations. Abusers often block access to money and/or other financial resources including credit cards, bank accounts or the ability to work outside the home.

"Our goal is to help survivors achieve an economic independence that they may not realize was possible," said Jennifer Kuhn, domestic violence program manager, The Allstate Foundation.

A domestic violence survivor's ability to attain economic security is dependent upon the availability of:

• Social and economic supports, including child support, child care, transportation, and public benefits;

• Jobs that provide a living wage, and offer benefits as well as opportunities for career advancement;

• Education and job training programs, or other opportunities to gain the skills necessary to obtain and retain a job that pays a living wage.

The EJTAF was established by The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program to channel small grants, up to $1,000 each, to adult domestic violence survivors to overcome the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their educational and professional goals. The EJTAF covers education, training and job-related expenses, including books supplies for school, job skills training, certification fees, tuition, registration fees, uniforms, child care, public transportation, and fees for computer access.

"With the Education and Job Training Assistance Fund, a little goes a long way. In many communities a $1,000 grant can help a survivor take a 10-week computer training course and pay for child care and transportation while in the course," said Sue Else, president, NNEDV Fund. "That's the difference between having to remain with an abuser to keep a roof over your children's head and having the opportunity to live a free, safe and successful life."

The National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is focused on public education, training, and technical assistance to maintain and develop the professional expertise of domestic violence advocates. The NNEDV Fund strives to strengthen advocates as organizers and activists in the tradition of social change movements.

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America's families achieve their American dream.

It seems that economic advocacy is an integral part of many domestic violence victims' short-term and long-term independence and self-sufficiency, and this donation program addresses that unique niche need.

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