Charity of the Week: The Joyful Heart Foundation
My intention is to highlight a charity every week. I might fall behind in this so forgive me. But aside from beauty and celebrities and fun products, I think it's important to be aware of helping others and to do our part, no matter how big or small, in keeping this big world spinning.
I'm featuring charities so that you can learn more and maybe donate your time, money or support- whatever you can give. This week, my charity is The Joyful Heart Foundation. It's definitely worth your time to click over and read about this amazing charity. The website is beautiful so please take a look and read through it, especially the gallery page.
The founder is the gorgeous Mariska Hargitay who you've seen on Law and Order. She has brains, beauty and a compassionate heart.
"I started the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2002 to help survivors of sexual assault heal their minds, bodies and spirits and reclaim their lives. Playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit opened my eyes to the epidemic of sexual assault in this country. It wasn't just in the scripts for the show, but in the many emails I received from viewers disclosing their stories of sexual assault for the first time.
I felt a great responsibility to these brave women to let them know that they had been heard and that they could have hope. I studied the subject, trained to become a crisis counselor, and have used my visibility as an actress to become an advocate. The result was The Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support and encouragement for survivors of sexual assault. In creating programs for our members, we quickly realized that everyone heals differently.
We provide an extensive network of resources for women and our own groundbreaking retreats that include art therapy, surf camps, swimming with dolphins in the wild, yoga and writing workshops that complement traditional counseling and therapy. When women are abused and assaulted, it is like the doors to their souls slam shut.
The goal of Joyful Heart is to let the light, and the life, back in--to banish the darkness and let the healing begin." – Mariska Hargitay, President & Founder, Joyful Heart Foundation
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