It’s no secret that women are suckers for a good compliment. Sway us with your words and we swoon.
That’s why this adorable video had us all aflutter. Created by Becky’s Fund in conjunction with the Jubilee Project, the video is a tribute to the spirit of Valentine’s Day, honoring all women and their natural beauty-both inside and out. Survivor winner Yul Kwon’s, “You’re most beautiful when you wake up in the morning– especially when you have your mouthguard on.” made us giggle while the last compliment paid in the video just left us sighing. With a sweet Kina Grannis crooning “Valentine” in the background, this video definitely tugged on our heartstrings with the tender message ringing genuine and true.
We’re certainly not ashamed to admit we watched this video more than once – mainly because it’s for a good cause when we do! For each viewing, a donation is made to Becky’s Fund, a non-profit org. based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to domestic and dating violence awareness and prevention. They believe in implementing innovative and sustainable ways to educate people, focusing on pre-teens and college students, on dating violence, and the domestic violence cycle.
For more information about Becky’s Fund, please visit www.beckysfund.org.
“Domestic violence is no stranger to any race of ethnicity; it knows no economic station, and Becky’s Fund has found compelling ways to confront it in all of its forms and in all its hiding places.” — excerpt from Becky’s Fund mission statement.
If you can find the office that was donated by the law firm of Wiltshire and Grannis in Washington D.C., you will find the starting point of Becky’s Fund, a 501 (c)(3) national nonprofit organization dedicated to bring attention and awareness to domestic violence.
Founder and Executive Director Becky Lee began this nonprofit in hopes of preventing domestic violence. Lee first became aware of the issue after a college lecture by a criminal attorney whose cases focused on acquitting women who had been incarcerated for killing their abusers in self-defense. After this eye-opening experience, Lee switched from her pre-med track to women’s studies at the University of Michigan. She went on to receive her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. For the past 12 years, she has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence survivors as an advocate, a policy associate, and an attorney. One thing she quickly learned was that there is little public discussion about domestic violence and almost nothing is done to address it openly.
One of the reasons Lee decided to try out on the CBS prime time reality show Survivor: Cook Islands was to garner enough funds to begin a nonprofit. She won second place and used all of her prize money to start Becky’s Fund. Though it initially started out to help domestic violence survivors by supporting small domestic violence organizations who were already working to serve battered women, since then, Becky’s Fund has expanded its goals to foster awareness, encourage advocacy and activism, and provide support directly to victims.
With this mission, Becky’s Fund provides many resources to assist domestic violence victims which include but are not limited to transportation/health care providers, lawyers, and social workers. It also works to serve the specific needs of abused immigrant women as the challenges they face also include cultural and language barriers. With a culture of shame and silence in many Asian cultures, immigrant women are even less inclined to come forward to seek help. One in three women are victims of domestic violence. This is a sister, a friend, a mother, a co-worker. In order to empower them, we must listen. And Becky’s Fund aims to do that with their mission and their participation in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. You can help, too. All it takes is a click.
With the $50,000 Becky’s Fund hopes to get through the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, Becky’s Fund wants to create the first ever domestic violence phone application. By the end of its development, it will include a GPS/panic button for women who are in a crisis situation; a zip code locator for nearby shelters, hospitals, advocates; photo logging capabilities; and a privacy/security feature that will prevent their abusers from seeing or hacking into the application.
You can help victims of domestic violence by voting for Becky’s Fund today and every day for the entire month of August.
Voting can happen all three ways every day. The top 10 projects will receive $50,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Help make it Becky’s Fund!
To find out more information about Becky’s Fund, please visit www.beckysfund.org.
Photos courtesy of Becky Lee.