On April 12 and 25, 2023, API will sponsor a day of Bolton Refuge House’s annual Light the River event. To honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month, BRH will be coloring the Phoenix Park Bridge teal throughout April to raise awareness and support survivors of sexual violence within the community.
If you’re an Eau Claire local, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of the Phoenix Park Bridge lit up in just about any color at one point or another, sponsored by organizations and individuals for their events and celebrations.
For the past few years, Bolton Refuge House (BRH) has organized a month-long Light the River event in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout April, the bridge lights will remain teal (the designated color for SAAM), supported by generous donors to raise awareness and enact community change.
Bolton Refuge House is a non-profit organization that provides services for individuals affected by domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. They operate the only 24/7 emergency shelter in Eau Claire and aim to support survivors on their journey to physical and emotional safety through services such as counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, and community education.
American Phoenix, Inc. is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Light the River event, showing support for BRH’s mission to provide resources to survivors of sexual violence.
“They’re amazing,” says Rena, API HR. “BRH offers a lot of valuable services that I’m sure a lot of women don’t even know about.”
By coloring the bridge teal for the month, Bolton Refuge House hopes to convey its dedication to fighting to end sexual violence within the community. This will be the organization’s third annual Light the River event since 2021 and API’s second year as a sponsor.
“When I saw this come through last year, I just thought this kind of stuff is important,” says Rena. “It’s important to spread awareness. So, we’re going to do it again this year.”
While an enormous number of well-deserving organizations need contributions, American Phoenix, Inc. is mindful of choosing causes to give to that accurately reflect the company’s values and authentically represent what is meaningful to its employees.
“Part of our goal is to get more involved in the community, and we want to make sure we’re making good choices with things we really do support and that are important to us,” says Rena. “We don’t just want to donate. It needs to be meaningful.”
API will be sponsoring Bolton Refuge House’s Light the River event supporting Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 12 and 25, 2023.
To learn more about the Bolton Refuge House, please visit: https://www.boltonrefuge.org/
Additional information for survivors of sexual assault can be found on the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website here: https://www.rainn.org/ or by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.
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