Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) is a non-profit agency that provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Bennington County. PAVE offers services to all victims and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, age, race, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.
Revised June 7, 2016
PAVE would appreciate donations of any of the items below. All items should be in good, clean, working condition. (We have the right to refuse any item.)
- Twin Box Spring (2 needed)
- Forks, knives, spoons – utensils
- Working microwave
- Coffee pots
- Dinner/sandwich sized dishes (should be microwavable)
- Pots and pans
- Side tables
- Kitchen table
Call us if you have any questions.
In 2013, 20 volunteer advocates and 8 staff provided safety, support, and options to approximately 700 women, men, and children in Bennington County. Thanks to all who help make our mission possible!
- Help us staff the Hotline 24 hours a day
- Help at fundraising events
- Table at events – the Farmers Market, Health Fairs and more
- Serve as Interns and Court Advocates
- Set up workshops and presentations for area groups, schools & colleges
All volunteer advocates must take our free 20 hour training program.
For more information, see Volunteer & Hotline Training.
Donate cell phones.
We collect used cell phones, which are then refurbished by Verizon and returned to us for clients. For a person or family in emergency transition, a phone can make all the difference in staying safe and obtaining services.
Donate household goods for families starting over.
- Pots & pans, new condition
- Bureaus & dressers
- Strollers in good condition
- Kitchen chairs and tables
(Please call our Housing Coordinator first to determine current needs and space availability – 802.442.2370)
PAVE is honored to award Nick Monte of the Village Chocolate Shoppe with the second annual PAVE Supporter and Recognition Award, this one for 2013. Linda Campbell, Executive Director of PAVE, presented him with the award at a recognition dinner held in his honor on May 4 at the home of Paula Sherman, President of the Board of Directors. Nick has been a long standing supporter of PAVE, helping with fundraising efforts by generous donations of chocolate and his valuable time and expertise as a chocolatier. Most recently he created the world’s largest peanut butter cup, dividing the 209 lb. gigantic confection into 500 pieces and giving all proceeds to PAVE.
Nick was joined in this project by his wife, Judy, and their two daughters and son, all of whom helped with the once in a lifetime event. Bennington Main Street was packed with eager onlookers as the Montes built the peanut butter cup, layer upon layer, and then served it up to over a hundred chocolate lovers.
It is through the generosity of people like Nick that PAVE funds its work. Without his help and the help of countless other volunteers and contributors, PAVE would not be able to provide the 24-hour services which it offers to Bennington County families. From the first contact on the hot line to courtroom advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supervised visitation for children of non-residential parents, PAVE’s extraordinary staff assists victims of domestic and sexual violence. During the immediate crisis and then afterwards, PAVE provides the kinds of support that allow women to reclaim their lives and move from the nightmare of violence to safety and growth.
In 2013, PAVE assisted 700 people in need. PAVE provided 2,370 nights of shelter and assisted families’ transition from emergency to stable housing. PAVE provided a safe environment for 58 children to visit with non-residential parents and offered a parenting program to parents and children. Finally, PAVE provided educational programs to approximately 3,000 teachers, parents and children in Bennington county.
If you would like to volunteer to help or make a donation to PAVE, call 442-2370 or send a check to PAVE Box 227, Bennington, Vt. 05201