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First Lady sets goal of $1 million
for Shop & Share
Following a very successful 2012 Shop & Share event, First Lady Jane Beshear has challenged Kentuckians to raise $1 million in donations for the 2013 event.
Shop & Share is a one-day drive to provide Kentucky’s 15 domestic violence shelters with much-needed items. This year, it’s being held on Saturday, February 2, from 9 am to 5 pm. All Kroger stores in the state, as well as Food City stores in eastern Kentucky, will participate, collecting donations of non-perishable food, personal care items, baby needs, and cleaning products, as well as money and gift cards.
Last year Kentucky’s domestic violence programs sheltered more than 3,750 survivors and their children. Shop & Share donations allow programs to use funds to provide more services to women, children, and men in need throughout the Commonwealth.
Individuals or groups interesting in helping collect goods that day are encouraged to sign up via the First Lady’s website: http://firstlady.ky.gov  for a two-hour shift at a nearby store.
Shop & Share is also sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, Drug Court, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the Commission on Women.
For more information, contact Lisa Gabbard at 502-209-5382 or lgabbard@kdva.org

Women's Empowerment Scholarship Program
We are excited to share this new opportunity to help women survivors of domestic violence. The Women’s Empowerment Scholarship is a stipend provided by the University of Kentucky's Center for Research on Violence Against Women. The scholarship program is available to those women survivors of domestic violence who have been served by one of KDVA's member programs. The Scholarship stipend may be up to $4,000 a year, adjusted based on the level of other grant and scholarship funds available, the need presented by the applicant, and the number of credit hours being taken by the student. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and details of the scholarship, please click here.

New online interactive veterans’ benefits tool
The Legal Aid Society of Louisville has recently announced the launch of an interactive questionnaire which low-income veterans may use to create a draft VA Form 21-526 application for pension benefits and/or service-connected disability compensation. This project was funded by a generous grant from the Legal Services Corporation. The goal of this questionnaire is to give veterans helpful information about VA benefits and to guide them through the application process. The questionnaire is designed to help veterans focus their answers to the application questions and, in turn, increase their likelihood of success.
A recent announcement from Lea Hardwick of the Legal Aid Society, states,
The VA has a similar on-line program (VONAPP) but our questionnaire gives veterans something more. The applicant will receive detailed information about the criteria necessary to qualify for benefits; explanations about the reasons behind the application questions; helpful hints about documents needed in support of the application; and instructions on where to find this information.  At the conclusion of the questionnaire, the applicant will be able to print out a draft VA Form 21-526, partially completed VA Form 21-4142, and a checklist of supporting documents. This program is intended to be used by veterans in conjunction with a representative accredited by the VA, who can offer in-person advice and guidance. In fact, we strongly encourage all applicants to have their draft applications and exhibits reviewed by an accredited representative before submitting the final version to the VA.
The Legal Aid Society’s interactive questionnaire can be found at: https://lawhelpinteractive.org/login_form?template_id=template.2012-04-27.5406363178&set_language=en. This is a Kentucky-specific version; a second version for other states is being finalized. Because the questionnaire is lengthy, the program allows the applicant to save his or her work and return to the program when desired.  Please share this link with your service recipients, other service providers who may work with veterans, and with VA service organizations in your area. 
If you have any questions about this new online resource, please contact Lea Hardwick at 502-614-3112.

PreventConnect releases new Android application
PreventConnect, a leading resource in violence prevention training and tools, announced last week that they are now releasing an Android application focused on prevention!  The “PrevConn” app is available through the Google Play store, and allows members of the PreventConnect online community to:
  • Read our blog and tweets, listen to our podcasts, and watch our videos
  • Share your stories of prevention or intervention
  • View prevention programs in our national directory and take a look at the programs near you
  • Receive notifications on your phone when we open-up the registration for our free web conferences
For more information please click here.

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