Sometimes, the simplest thing you can do to make a difference is to show someone you understand what they’re going through. Every year, Beverly-Hanks agents in Asheville show our solidarity against sexual violence by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. Walk a Mile Asheville has been voted one of the top three fundraising events in Mountain Xpress’s “Best of WNC” contest three years in a row. Today, we are profiling Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual assault service agency and the organization that benefits from the annual event.
What is Our VOICE?
Our VOICE, Inc. is a local nonprofit crisis intervention and prevention agency serving victims of sexual violence (age 13+) in Buncombe County. Founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer grassroots organization, today Our VOICE employs six paid staff and more than 50 volunteers. The mission of Our VOICE is both to support the healing of survivors of sexual violence and to prevent future acts of sexual violence.
Our VOICE Programs & Services
In order to best address their mission, Our VOICE directs their attention into client services and prevention programs. Our VOICE’s client services are designed to assist survivors of sexual violence with the support and information they need to regain a sense of control over their lives. Among their client services, Our VOICE offers:
- A 24-hour crisis line.
- Case management.
- Individual and group counseling.
- Accompaniment to medical services, law enforcement interviews, and court proceedings.
Our VOICE also works within the community to coordinate prevention, education, and outreach programming. A variety of programs are brought to diverse groups throughout the county that address the root causes of sexual violence, advocate for positive social change, and empower individuals, including:
- Community education programs focusing on awareness and prevention for all age groups.
- In-service training for professionals.
- Conference speakers.
- Consultant services.
Get More by Giving Back
At Beverly-Hanks, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity and means to Live the Life You Choose free from violence. We encourage you to get involved with Our VOICE if their mission speaks to you.
You can help your neighbors now and in the future by giving of your time and money to an organization like Our VOICE that means something to you. Reach out to Our VOICE or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local nonprofits in your community.
35 Woodfin Street, Asheville