Molly Maid in the News – October 2011
Why the Nation Can’t Ignore the ‘Unspoken Problem’ of Domestic Violence
She discussed the Ms. Molly Auction held on October 14. All of the proceeds from the auction supported local shelters LACASA <http://www.lacasa1.org/> , SAFE House Center of Ann Arbor <http://www.safehousecenter.org/> and over 100 shelters across the country. She also included this helpful list of questions courtesy of Women against Domestic Violence:
- Have you seen evidence of injuries?
- Have you accepted her explanations for her black eyes, bruises or broken bones?
- Does she miss work frequently?
- Does her partner show an unusual amount of control over her life?
- Have you noticed changes in her or her children’s behavior?
- Does her partner embarrass or ridicule her in public?
- Does her partner blame her for the way he acts or the things he says?
Engaging Employees with the Company’s Charity Work – It’s OK to Tie It to the Business
Molly Maid is a national cleaning franchise that supports the Ms. Molly Foundation, a non-profit charity that provides assistance to local domestic violence shelters and organizations nationwide. According to Danessa Itaya, many Molly Maid franchisees chose to support the system-wide cause after witnessing the prevalence of domestic violence among their own employees.
“This was a cause that really resonated with the entire company,” notes Itaya, adding that when the foundation was looking for a cause to support, it saw that families affected by violence was a major issue, and one that directly affected the Molly Maid workforce, who are primarily women.
“My advice to other employers is to take a look at what effects your business, whether it is literacy, spousal abuse or some other worthy and business-related cause,” she says. “Most of all, try to make sure you can get everyone involved as much as possible.”
Ms. Molly Foundation Participates in Domestic Violence Awareness All Year Long
Danessa Itaya also appeared in an article about the Ms. Molly Foundation and Molly Maid’s efforts for Domestic Violence Awareness month on Examiner.com by Domestic Violence Examiner, Nancy Koerner.
Domestic Violence Awareness should not just be limited to the month of October, and one particular corporation has taken responsibility to go the extra mile. Molly Maid is affected by the same statistics as everyone else — one in four women will be victimized by domestic violence in their lifetime. Even Molly Maid has experienced DV-related deaths within their own ranks.
In 1996, the Ms. Molly Foundation launched their effort to make a difference.
Corporate HQ began to provide assistance to local shelters and invited their franchisees to do the same. As a result, local drives are now held in over 100 locations all over the country, not just in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but throughout the entire year.
Why Anne Arundel County Can’t Ignore the ‘Unspoken Problem’ of Local Domestic Violence
Throughout Anne Arundel County, we are working with our customers to raise monetary donations, personal care items and gift cards for the YWCA Arden House, which provides victims with shelter, counseling and legal services. Since we became involved with the Ms. Molly Foundation, we have raised more than $35,000 in goods and services.
While the month of October is extremely important to us, our efforts don’t stop there. Throughout the year, we clean the Arden House weekly to give sheltered women a place they can call home that is clean, organized and comfortable. Furthermore, we donate a portion of every cleaning fee to the Arden House to help with year-round expenses.
Some houses need to be cleaned with tender loving care. Molly Maid and the Ms. Molly Foundation, with the help of people like you, are making a difference in the lives of women and children who have been victimized by domestic violence. The Ms. Molly Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and your gift is tax-deductable. Does your company have a matching gift program? Ask your Human Resources Department for more information or for the appropriate form to complete to double your donation to the Ms. Molly Foundation!