At its Oct. 19 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation from Wright County 2021 Emerging Leaders, 12 county employees from several different departments that take on a project each year to better the community. This year’s theme is domestic violence awareness.
Part of the project has been illuminating the Wright County Justice Center purple at night, which can be seen by those driving on Hwy. 25 between Buffalo and Monticello. In addition, all county employees were given purple ribbons and the group has created social media posts to increase awareness. On Thursday, Oct. 21, all county employees will be encouraged to wear purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Day. October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month since 1987 and includes Purple Thursday as a day to help raise awareness and start conversations about the prevalence of domestic violence.
“(This is) in honor of those who are survivors of and have been impacted by domestic violence and also in memory of those we have lost to domestic violence,” said Emerging Leader Janet Marquette of Wright County Health & Human Services.
Emerging Leaders has begun a fundraiser among county employees – selling paperclip angels – with the proceeds going to three identified organizations – Anna Marie’s Alliance, Rivers of Hope and the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center.
The commissioners unanimously voted to recognize Thursday, Oct. 21 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in Wright County.
“This is a great thing,” Commissioner Christine Husom said. “We certainly hear stories and know people who have been impacted.”
Commissioner Darek Vetsch added, “I thank you for all the efforts you’re putting into this. This is a worthy cause and it’s great to see members of the staff stepping up doing great activities in our communities.”
Everyone is encouraged to wear purple Thursday to do their part to help increase awareness of domestic violence, as well as continuing to dialog for those who are being victimized and the programs available to help them end domestic violence’s vicious cycle.