Bears women's soccer team backs Renewal House in support of victims of domestic violence


Members of the SUNY Potsdam women's soccer team spent time helping out at the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House Bowl-A-Thon at Market Street Lanes in Potsdam this past weekend.

Aside from helping out at the event, the team donated boxes and bags of household items, t-shirts and winter coats, and also made a donation of $500.

"It's so nice to have our local colleges supporting Renewal House and the victims we serve," said Renewal House Executive Director Ilene Burke.

"We could not exist without the help of our community. Thank you to the Potsdam Bears women's soccer team for donating their time to help with our Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser and for the generous donations that you collected."

Members of the team thought it was a great experience and were happy to help such a worthy cause. "I thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for the Renewal House," said co-captain Kristin Webster.

"I believe organizations like this are crucial to our society and to helping overcome many of the problems we are faced with. "

Since 1982, Renewal House has been, and continues to be, committed to providing support and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their families, in an environment free from coercion, fear, judgment, or duress.

It is a client-centered service emphasizing self-help and the ability of individuals to take control of their own lives. Its mission is to respond immediately to the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in St. Lawrence County through services, which empower victims and increase community awareness.