Story by: Cheryl Kravitz
The Montgomery County business community is showing its support for the Family Justice Center Foundation’s first ever Virtual 11k during the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event commemorates 11 years of service to victims of domestic violence.
“We are overwhelmed with the positive response to our 1st Annual Virtual Walk to end domestic violence by the business community, teams and individuals across Montgomery County”, said Resa Levy, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Folks are putting on their walking shoes in their neighborhood, their living room or even on their treadmills!” She noted that participants are signed up from nine states and the District of Columbia.
“The Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation (MCFJCF) is doing wonderful work in our community, providing a fresh start for so many families over the years and especially during this time with the unfortunate recent uptick in occurrences. The GEICO Philanthropic Foundation believes in the work The MCFJCF is doing and is proud to partner in support of the Ride to Safety Initiative, a critical emergency transport service for clients and one step closer to new hope and safety for families in our community.” noted Seth Ingall, GEICO Philanthropic Foundation Chairman & GEICO Senior Vice President.”
A key program of the Family Justice Center is its education initiative. Montgomery College collaborates with the organization to make it possible. “Education serves as the cornerstone of Montgomery College, the Family Justice Center and the Family Justice Center Foundation. Through our partnership with the FJC and the Foundation, we have been able to provide critical on-the-job training which then provides a pathway forward for those seeking safer, healthier lives,” said Karla Silvestre, Director of Community Engagement, Office of Advancement and Community Engagement, Montgomery College
Dottie Fitzgerald, a long-time businesswoman in Montgomery County adds her support. “I know how important it is to have a safe and healthy community. The Family Justice Center and the Family Justice Center Foundation do an outstanding job of helping us all live better, safer and healthier lives and I am delighted to support their many efforts.”
The Center co-locates multiple agencies in a safe and secure facility to provide coordinated advocacy, government, civil legal and social services for victims of domestic violence and their children. “Stein Sperling is proud to support the Family Justice Center and commends their coordinated efforts to provide an array of necessary services to victim of domestic violence and their children. The resources they provide for victims are even more important during the current pandemic,” said Monica Garcia Harms, Principal and Family Law Practice Group Chair.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a long-time sponsor of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation. “Their support of people in our community affected by domestic violence is critical and has been life changing for so many. It is an honor and a privilege to support them as they work tirelessly to end the cycle of violence today and for future generations, stated Kristina L. Stuber, Vice President – Human Resources, Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Participants can walk, run or stroll 11k (6.835 miles) any time, any place during the month of October. Cost is $35.00 plus a $3.00 signup fee. Registration runs through October 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT.
Link to the website is: https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/YourTown/VirtualFJC11k Options include signing up as individual or team. Hashtag for the 11K is #MoCoFJC11K.