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Safe Berks Walk For NO MORE Will Kick Off Art on the Avenue

by Safe Berks

Safe Berks Walk For NO MORE Will Kick Off Art on the Avenue

On Saturday June 15, 2019, the Safe Berks Walk For NO MORE will kick off Art on the Avenue in West Reading. Art on the Avenue, an annual community celebration of art, music, food and fun, attracts approximately 15,000 people each year.

Walk For NO MORE participants will gather from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for registration, free breakfast, music, and fun activities at VF Outlet, across from McDonald’s, West Reading. At 10:30 a.m., together we will walk down Penn Avenue to the 400 block.

Radio personality Andi Kurzweg from Y102’s Morning Show will be on hand to do a live broadcast. This walk may only cover four blocks, but it makes an enormous statement. We are saying together, as a community: NO MORE domestic violence! NO MORE sexual assault!

After the Walk For NO MORE, Safe Berks will offer information, children’s crafts, entertainment, and other activities from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Penn Avenue, as part of Art on the Avenue. Safe Berks staff and volunteers will be present all day, sharing information about the free services we offer survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to raising funds to support Safe Berks, we will also raise awareness about these important issues.

“Last year, more than 200 people participated in the Safe Berks Walk For NO MORE, and it was an amazing day,” said Mary Kay Bernosky, Esq., Safe Berks CEO. “We are hoping even more people join us this year. In addition to helping a great cause, it is also a really fun day for families and people of all ages. After the Walk, there are activities, food, shopping, and music all day along Penn Avenue.”

To start a fundraising team, help as an individual fundraiser, donate, or to become a sponsor, visit: www.SafeBerks.org, and click on Events. Safe Berks is grateful to the generous sponsors, who are listed on our website. For more information about sponsorships, contact Mindy McIntosh, Director of Development, at [email protected] or 484-869-5293.

NO MORE is a groundbreaking symbol designed to increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and to create change. Domestic violence and sexual assault are community issues. It takes the entire community to end these crimes. The Safe Berks Walk For NO MORE provides the opportunity for the entire community to come together and publicly take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information about the national NO MORE movement, visit nomore.org.

Safe Berks provides safe haven and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our advocacy and education programs increase awareness of oppression and promote the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include a Safe House for adults and children who are in danger, a 24-hour Hotline, individual and group counseling, legal services and advocacy, and educational programs. Safe Berks services are free, confidential, and available in English and Spanish, and will be translated into any other language needed.

Safe Berks served more than 4,000 clients in the last fiscal year. Our Safe House provided a haven to approximately 400 adults and 400 children in the last fiscal year. Our 24-Hour Hotline number is 844-789-SAFE, or text Safe Berks to 20121.

Walk For NO MORE Fast Facts

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Registration, Breakfast, Music & Fun Activities at VF Outlet, across from McDonald’s, West Reading

10:30 a.m.: Together we walk down Penn Ave. to the 400 Block

11 a.m.-7 p.m.: Safe Berks will offer information, children’s crafts, entertainment  & other activities at the 400 Block of Penn Ave., as part of Art on the Avenue