As a nonprofit organization, Our VOICE relies on the generosity of our community to forward our dual purpose of providing services to victims and survivors of sexual violence and of providing education to prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the owners and staff of Native Kitchen in Swannanoa, who hosted and organized the [June 5] pig roast on our behalf, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Our VOICE. The pig itself was donated to Native Kitchen by Hickory Nut Gap Farm, where it was pasture-raised.
We live in a culture where a Southern barbecue can draw large crowds, and the organizers of the event knew that the food would not only bring much-needed resources to our agency, but would also introduce new audiences to our programs and services.
The event was successful in helping us forward our mission, raising $10,000 in support of our direct and preventive services in Buncombe County.
As good stewards of the community’s resources, we know how to accomplish a lot with donations entrusted to us. Ten thousand dollars allows us to provide over 320 hours of counseling to survivors of sexual violence. Provided by licensed counselors who work one-on-one and in groups with victims of sexual abuse, our counseling sessions use a variety of therapeutic methods to help survivors on their personal road to recovery. Ten thousand dollars allows us to provide prevention education to 1,000 middle school students in Buncombe County, equipping our young people to develop the healthy boundaries they will need to be active bystanders in our community’s struggle to end rape.
We respect the passion and devotion of people who are devoted to ending violence in all its forms. Our gratitude goes to Native Kitchen for helping our mission in such a significant way and to the Mountain Xpress for giving us the opportunity to educate the community about the impact of their generosity and how it sustains our vital work.
— Angelica Wind
Our VOICE executive director
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to the letter, “Pig Roast Rundraiser Needed Rethink,” in this issue.