Why We Walk

“I walk because others must run,” said Dianne Rochford, of Newport when asked about her 11--year commitment to Steppin’ Up to End Violence Walk and Fun Run that will benefit Turning Points Network on May 6.

Steppin’ Up, now attracting over a thousand participants, is the agency’s primary fundraiser and helps to ensure that its myriad services for survivors remain free to all who need them.

Each year, there are stories told at the Steppin’ Up rally that cut to the core of our important work: mothers who have lost daughters to domestic violence, women who have escaped human trafficking, yes, human trafficking in New Hampshire, and young women with young children who have begun a new life of independence free of their abusers with wrap-around support from Turning Points Network.

Besides raising community awareness of power-based personal violence that cuts across the economic spectrum, Steppin’ Up brings together local corporations and over 50 volunteers to raise over $100,000 to support its 16-bed emergency shelter and the violence-prevention education programs offered to K-12 students in Sullivan County Schools.

Steppin’ Up’s 2017 Honorary Chair, Anne Park, Senior Admissions Coach at Granite State College, has already been joined by lead sponsors: National Field Representatives, LaValley Building Supply, Hubert’s Family Outfitters and Cross Insurance; Food Sponsor Hannaford-Claremont; Gold Sponsors: Crown Point Cabinetry, Jiffy Mart, Dorr Mill Store, Townline Equipment Sales, Salt Hill Pub and Claremont Savings Bank and Silver Sponsors: Sugar River Banks, Goodrich Oil, Reed Trucking Services, Claremont Kiwanis and Mt. Ascutney Hospital.

More than 70 teams have to date pledged their support which suggests the event will again see close to 100 teams joining in solidarity against violence.

Be a sponsor or a donor, be an individual participant, form a team or volunteer! It’s not too late to join on to this county-wide effort that will march 1000-strong through historic downtown Claremont on Saturday, May 6.

Be part of this movement to end violence that has grown more empowered every year for eleven years and will not stop until there is zero tolerance for power-based violence throughout our Sullivan County communities.