Special Events

From our Reach for the Stars gala to our Annual Meeting, we host several special events throughout the year. Stay tuned for a full listing of upcoming events.

Domestic violence awareness month: october 2023 events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Despite the fact that domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality, there remains a crippling level of silence around the issue. Domestic Violence Awareness Month raises the voices of survivors and advocates to every corner of our nation, bringing education, resources, change, and hope to survivors and communities.

Our theme this year - Community. Connection. Together. - emphasizes the role communities play as a vital resource for survivors on their journey to safety and independence. Throughout the month, REACH is hosting several events to build community connections, educate participants about domestic violence, lift survivor voices, spread awareness, and raise vital funds for our programs.

We look forward to seeing you in person at the REACH Fall Festival October 1 and our Corporate Breakfast October 19, and virtually at our Annual Meeting on October 26.  Mark your calendar for our Day of Unity Giving Day, and don’t forget to add our next Reach for the Stars Gala on April 6, 2024! If you have any questions, please contact Maria Duffy at info@reachma.org.

October Event Calendar
REACH Fall Festival flyer

REACH Fall Festival

Sunday, October 1, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Waltham Commons

This event highlights the variety of community resources available to everyone in a family-friendly day filled with face painting, music, treats, therapy dogs, and more!

The purpose of the event is to build connections between community members and the abundant resources offered by many community partners in the area. The more a community gets to know its neighbors and services, the better prepared it is.

#CommunityConnectionTogether #Every1KnowsSome1

*Itinerary & Participating Organizations    *Event Map

Image of Day of Unity giving day

DAY OF UNITY giving day

Monday, October 2, online through midnight

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began as a single, national “Day of Unity.” It continues to be celebrated on the first Monday of October as a reminder that it takes all of us, working together and building connections, to support survivors and end domestic violence in our communities once and for all.

Today, REACH celebrates it as the Day of Unity Giving Day to demonstrate our united commitment to end domestic violence through a 24-hour online giving campaign. Help us spread the word that this one day – for this one purpose – we are one community, connected and giving together. Follow us on social media for details on where to donate October 2! #1Day1Purpose

corporate breakfast

Thursday, October 19, 8 to 9 a.m. Westin Waltham

Did you know the U.S. Department of Labor reports that survivors of domestic violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the U.S.?

Yet, 65% of companies do not have a formal workplace domestic violence prevention policy.

Reserve your spot now for our annual Corporate Breakfast at the Westin Waltham.

This informative presentation addresses the impact of domestic violence in the workplace with helpful recommendations, best practices, and resources on how to create a safe and supportive environment for employees.

There is no cost to attend, and a continental breakfast will be served. RSVP to Director of Development, Maria Duffy.

REACH Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Zoom

Join us VIRTUALLY for our Annual Meeting as we celebrate all the good news at REACH from this past year as well as what’s on the horizon.

Our Annual Meeting theme this year is “End the Violence by Stopping the Silence.” Domestic violence is shrouded in silence and shame. By speaking up and learning the warning signs, we can encourage others to recognize these signs – and then collectively, do something to end the violence.

Our 2023 Voice of Justice Award honoree this year goes to an exemplary advocate who tirelessly speaks up on behalf of survivors, former REACH staff member Gladys Ortiz. Please join us in celebrating her many years of leading change!