We recently announced our first charitable partner at Metal Toad. The Toads had been asking... How can we get involved? How can we help our community? Metal Toad has been very blessed with success as a company, and now, it’s time to give back.
When we began discussing what we could do, we looked at the needs in the community. Not wanting to shy away from tough issues, while also wanting to have the biggest impact, we learned about an outstanding program that is tackling one of the toughest issues that faces our community — Domestic Violence.
Volunteers of America — Home Free (voaor.org) is a program lead by Kris Billhardt, a leader on the topic who is also doing amazing work within our community.
The numbers are staggering and the task is daunting.
- 21,000 Children in Multnomah County are exposed to domestic violence each year.
- Domestic violence accounts for nearly 50% of violent crime in Portland.
- 38% of all domestic violence survivors become homeless at some point.
Kris and her team tackle the issue daily with energy and compassion that is inspiring.
Equally inspiring is the internal response Metal Toad had after Kris attended our Monday stand-up and shared the work Home Free is doing, and how our community is affected by Domestic Violence. The Toads gave generously, and true to our Mission, wanted to help! Our initial involvement is financial donations, which will help fund Home Free's ongoing operations though a payroll deduction from Toads and a 100% company match from our founder.
Our hearts are full and our capacity to give is big. As a company and a team we are accustomed to solving problems, and though we know we can't completely stop domestic violence, we can and always will look for ways to help.