- Associated Press - Monday, April 24, 2017

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - Kitchen designer Brittny Mee is constantly looking for ways to mesh art and community service by organizing DIY (or “do-it-yourself”) events that benefit local nonprofits, she says.

A candle-making event she organized Sunday, April 23, in Shelburne was no different. Proceeds will benefit Steps to End Domestic Violence, a nonprofit that serves people who have been affected physically, sexually, emotionally or economically by domestic abuse.

“My goal is to find ways to bring art and design into the community and fun ways to spend your weekend with your friends, and also be able to bring things back to your house,” Mee said. “But along with that, if you have extra income, it doesn’t hurt to benefit your community where you live. Hopefully, if we all work together, we can make everything better.”

About a dozen people paid the $25 fee and were provided with the supplies to paint a glass jar that would hold an aromatherapy candle. Mee partnered with Candace Carson-Hoffman, who provided space for the event at her salon, Edo, in Shelburne and created a custom aromatherapy oil blend to go into the candle. Mee said whatever money is left after deducting the cost of the supplies will be donated to Steps to End Domestic Violence.

Mee said this is the first time she has partnered with Steps to End Domestic Violence. Mee had met the nonprofit’s Development Officer Madeline Graham at an earring-making event Mee had hosted, and after the event, the two began to discuss partnering for a fundraiser.



Graham said the event put on by Mee connected well with the organization’s mission and its promotion of self-care by incorporating aromatherapy. Mee said she also liked holding the event at a salon since many victims of domestic violence are women.

“It just seems like with a stressful world and environment, it doesn’t hurt to have more things that make your space feel a little calmer and a little better,” Mee said, adding that candles are often soothing objects.

Steps to End Domestic Violence, formerly known as Women Helping Battered Women, is the only domestic violence agency in Chittenden County. Graham said 93 percent of the people served by the organization live in Chittenden County.

“We have an emergency shelter, we have a legal clinic, economic justice advocacy, a children’s program, education prevention at every public high school in the county, so half of the proceeds from this event will support all of those programs,” Graham said.

___

Online:

https://bfpne.ws/2oCpa8o

___

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide