From Executive Director, Holly Mullen
The end of the calendar year always brings its challenges to the Rape Recovery Center, but plenty of hope, too. In early December, we were thrilled to learn that the University of Utah Beta Theta Pi fraternity had “adopted” our agency as its Philanthropy Week charity for December 2-6.Apie sale, an auction and other activities the Betas sponsored during the week will result in extra cash for our operations. In conjunction with the project, Marty Liccardo, a U. of U. health educator and longtime volunteer and friend of the RRC, led a great and lively discussion on safety and honest communication in dating and sexual relationships. In spite of the biggest snowstorm of the year falling all day, and sub-freezing temperatures to cope with that night, about 50 men and women turned out for the forum. As far as anyone could determine, this is the first effort of this type—that is, a fraternity reaching out proactively to partner with the RRC and to do something substantial about rape on campus and in the community. Snaps all-around to the Betas and their friends!
I am finishing up two large federal grants that help to underwrite our advocacy, hospital response and therapy teamwork. The chase for funding never ends. But when those checks come through to support our good work, there is no better feeling in the world. Also related to our budget and operations, Mahala did most of the heavy lifting to compile loads of information for our annual independent audit by Shaw & Co. We work hard to keep all our financial data and bookkeeping transparent and orderly, so I expect the audit to go well. A professional audit is an essential element of a strong nonprofit practice, so I say bring on the accountants.
At the end of 2013, and after two-plus years as RRC executive director, I want to thank everyone associated with our daily work. I mean all of you: full- and part time staff, volunteers, contract employees, community partners, financial and in-kind donors and of course, clients. What hard work we do here. What incredible work we do here. Each of you in your own way does something each day to further a survivor’s trek toward recovery. I value and love all of you. Happiest Holidays to all and much peace and health to you in 2014!