Coming up to the holiday season, VALORA is once more gearing up to fundraise for its shelters. VALORA is a charitable association committed to increasing public awareness about violence against women. By unifying community efforts and raising funds, VALORA strives to empower survivors of conjugal violence. Among the initiatives the organization supports are women’s shelters in Laval and the North Shore of Montreal, namely La Citad’Elle de Lachute, La Maison d’Ariane, La Maison le Prélude, L’Ombre-Elle, La Passe-R-Elle des Hautes Laurentides, La Traverse, Maison de Lina, Maison L’Esther, Maison Le Mitan, Regard en Elle and Regroup’elles.
As the Holidays approach, VALORA is asking citizens to reflect on this past year and be grateful for the important things in everyone’s lives such as a safe, comfortable home for our families.
In a press release, the organization emphasizes that not everyone is that fortunate. “Hundreds of women rely on the 11 shelters for victims of conjugal violence in the Laval and North Shore areas. Due to the Covid pandemic, hundreds more need ongoing safety and support. Most of these women arrive at the shelters with only the bare essentials.”
The first “Holiday Open House” was held 13 years ago in president Maria Larosa Napolitano’s living room. Last year’s online Holiday raffle event raised over $20,000 for the shelters. For the past 13 years, they have donated thousands of gifts and welcomed hundreds of guests every year to their events from the community at large.
The 13th Annual Valora Holiday Fundraiser will begin on November 12th with an online raffle of amazing prizes to be won. The raffle will close on December 12th. VALORA will be hosting a Gift & Toy Drop-off on Sunday November 28th from 10am to 3pm at the Rosemere Community Centre, 202 Chemin de la Grande-Côte.
Residents are asked to drop off a present and label as follows:
* Woman, Child
* For children please indicate the age group: 0-2, 3-5, 6-12, 13-18 years and the sex: Girl, Boy, Unisex