The Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference charity for 2018 is Transitions Family Violence Services (TFVS). TFVS is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1977 and celebrating 41 years of operation. The mission of Transitions Family Violence Services is to build safe and healthy families by supporting healthy, violence-free family life. Transitions is the sole provider of comprehensive domestic violence services in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and co-provider for York County. All victims of domestic violence and their family members are eligible for services and all services are free, although transitional housing clients pay rent commensurate with their income.

    Transitions’ implements a host of services including a 24-hour hotline; emergency, short-term, and transitional shelter; support groups; safety planning and legal advocacy; information and referral; art and play therapy; and outreach to underserved populations. Transitions’ services are available at no charge.

    Transitions engages in a host of collaborations with allied community agencies to expand available services to survivors and their families, including partnerships with local Human Services departments; Commonwealth Attorneys and Victim Witness Offices; the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board; the Center for Child and Family Services; Alternatives; the Office of Human Affairs; local schools and universities; and a host of other organizations. Transitions’ is also actively involved with the prevention of future violence by working to promote healthy relationship education among youth in schools.

    Domestic Violence is an issue of family and community. There are many parts involved in affecting family violence from culture, race, age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Family violence has an impact on the workplace and the community. Did you know that battering is the major cause of injury to women?

    There are programs to benefit children who reside in violent homes with tutoring and mentoring, interim drop-in onsite and subsidized childcare, and art therapy. Children’s intervention and violence prevention program are for those children who have witnessed domestic violence first hand.

    Another area is building skills for self-sufficiency through individual and group counseling, life skills training and employment assistance, and finally legal advocacy. In the legal advocacy services include accompaniment, protective orders, and assistance with custody and divorce proceedings.

    Through community participation, TFVS has 21+ trained volunteers that provide services to clients at the lowest operational cost. They provide internships for students from colleges and universities. Another way the community can participate is through donations and Adopt-a-family programs where clothing, household goods, toys, and supplies are gathered.

    So, let us support this year’s charity by reviewing the donations list and give today. Remember your local chapter will be accepting donations. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with your local chapter. The donation listing is posted on the website. If you would like more information on TFVS please visit them at -