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Jewelers Workshop Signature Charm

Charm Necklace

Show your support in style! DAIS has partnered with The Jewelers Workshop  to create a signature charm. The charm has an amethyst stone and embodies empowerment and transformation. Charms are available for $80 and half of the proceeds will benefit DAIS! A limited number of charms are available directly through DAIS or stop into The Jewelers Workshop to place your order.


Host a Friend-raiser

Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to engage your friends and colleagues to make a difference? DAIS “Friend-raisers” are great opportunities for your friends to come together to help end domestic violence and support families fleeing violence. Friend-raisers are a GREAT way to help raise awareness about domestic violence, while also raising funds and/or donated items to help a very important cause.

DAIS supporters have hosted a wide variety of “friend-raiser” events, including:

  • Holiday brunches
  • Mother’s Day teas
  • Cocktail hours
  • Film nights
  • Softball tournaments
  • Speed-dating events

Have a “friend-raiser” event idea? Call us! DAIS staff can work with you to develop your event idea and provide resources and materials to help make your event a success. Contact the DAIS Development Office at 608-338-1045, or email our to learn more!

Before contacting DAIS, please review our event guidelines.

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Sponsor the DAIS Luncheon

Every year, the Celebrate Independence! Luncheon gives members of our community the chance to come together and learn about domestic violence and what we, as a community, can do to help end it. The Celebrate Independence! Luncheon also acts as DAIS’ largest fundraising event of the year.

You can help us make this annual event a success by signing on as an individual or corporate sponsor. Table Captain opportunities are available, as well. For more information about this year’s Luncheon, contact the DAIS Development Office at 608-251-1237 x304, or email our .

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Adopt a Family

The DAIS “Adopt-a-Family” program provides holiday gifts to DAIS Shelter residents and other clients and families living in crisis.

The holidays can be an extremely stressful time for families suffering the effects of domestic violence. Parents who are experiencing abuse may be so focused on day-to-day survival for themselves and their families that it can be extremely difficult to buy holiday gifts for their children. Other clients may have escaped their abusers, but they may have had to leave many possessions behind (or their abusers may have destroyed their possessions), so they are basically starting over.

You can make the holidays a less stressful time for families escaping violence by participating in the DAIS “Adopt-a-Family” program. Families fill out individual wish lists. The wish lists are matched with DAIS supporters, who purchase the gifts on the wish lists.

It’s incredibly rewarding to see the happiness and relief on families’ faces when they receive their holiday gifts. It’s also incredibly heartwarming to see how generous the community can be!

To sign up for the “Adopt-a-Family” program, please call Karen Larson at 608-251-1237 ext. 326 or contact her by .

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Host a Cell Phone Drive

Cell phone driveAn easy way for your office to make a difference is through a DAIS Cell Phone Drive. Simply publicize the drive, inviting co-workers to bring in their old and unwanted cell phones. DAIS will deliver the collection bins and then pick them up when your drive is over. Contact Sherry Severson at 608-251-1237 ext. 301 or by for more information.

Ancora Coffee Cell Phone Collection

DAIS continues to collect used cell phones which are recycled or disposed of in an environmentally sound way. DAIS partners with Shelter Alliance and receives a return on every phone turned in. Last year over $6,000 was earned through the cell phone drive. Used cell phones can be dropped off at Ancora Coffee located at 2871 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705.

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