$42,500 in Donations Received at Annual Shop & Share!

The Ion Center participated in the 16th annual Shop & Share event on Saturday, February 10th. Shoppers at Northern Kentucky and Buffalo Trace Kroger locations were asked to choose one or more of the simple grocery items from a list, purchase it, and leave it with Ion Center volunteers as they walked out. The donated items will be used to stock the pantry shelves of Ion’s two area shelters for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence. 

It was an incredible day and the generosity of our community never ceases to amaze us! Once again, we’re overwhelmed by all the love shown to Ion and all the people we serve! Thank you to all of our volunteers, this day couldn’t happen without you! Thank you to everyone who donated, we’re grateful for every single thing that was gifted to us! Thank you to CraftForce for the amazing drop-off location, we truly value your partnership! All of you made this year’s Shop & Share a huge success and we’re unbelievably thankful to be a part of such an incredible community!

At the Ion Center, a survivor is never responsible for the cost of their healing. All services are free and confidential. Programs such as Shop & Share make it possible for agencies across the state, like the Ion Center, to provide these types of services to the people who need it most.  In 2023, The Ion Center provided 16,302 safe bed nights for individuals and families fleeing domestic abuse and served 48,906 meals.  In addition, the agency provided 4,080 hours of intervention services, 762 hours of legal/court accompaniment, 641 hours of hospital accompaniment responding to 272 emergency room calls, as well as providing support on 4,125 hotline and text conversations.

Christy Burch, the Ion Center’s CEO, says “seeing the community come together on this day to support those who have been impacted by violence is amazing! It’s a remarkable day and the generosity of our community never ceases to amaze us! Once again, we’re overwhelmed by all the love you’ve shown Ion and all the people we serve! Thank you to all of our volunteers, to everyone who donated, and to CraftForce.  We truly value and are grateful to everyone who made this year’s Shop & Share a huge success and we’re unbelievably thankful to be a part of such an incredible community!”

This year, the Ion Center partnered with CraftForce for its Northern Kentucky drop-off location.  Following Shop & Share, Dustin Grutza, Founder/CEO of CraftForce said “We were honored to collaborate with the Ion Center on this incredible endeavor. There was such an outpouring of support from the community, and we were blown away by the donations. Coming together as neighbors, to help one another, is what it’s all about.”

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