Community Awareness Activities
MAAV distributes information through a variety of sources, including displays at the Melrose Public Library, palm cards with hotline numbers placed throughout businesses and public buildings in the city, and an information booth at the annual Victorian Fair which attracts thousands of visitors to Melrose. Each October, MAAV sponsors an Annual Candlelight Vigil and Walk around Ell Pond , “bringing to light” the problem of domestic violence, commemorating the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence from the previous year, and uniting citizens in taking a stand against violence in our community. Additional activities take place across the community as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, including assemblies on teen dating violence at Melrose High School, sermons on domestic violence in Melrose houses of worship, and the distribution of informational flyers by local supermarkets.
2014 marked the inception of the Community Coffeehouse: Voices Against Violence. The vision for Voices Against Violence was to use the power of music and the arts to spread the message of healthy relationships and create discussion about teen dating violence. The coffeehouse fundraiser benefited programs against teen dating violence and continued education on violence prevention in Melrose. In 2014, the event hosted over a hundred people, which expanded to over 150 people in 2015. The Coffeehouse now stands to be an annual community event that combines the talents of the people of Melrose to spread an important message.
Melrose Run For Women – Mothers Day
The Melrose Running Club has partnered with Melrose Alliance Against Violence since 1998 in the Mother’s Day Melrose Run for Women. A portion of the race’s entry fee is donated to MAAV, amounting to over $195,000 total since 1998. The event is sponsored by the Melrose Running Club and includes a series of kid races as well as the main event – a 3.5 mile run, with awards given to the top mother and grandmother finisher, as well as the top mother-daughter team. The event also features fun activities for kids, baked goods and refreshments, and music, and stands as a celebration for women of all ages.