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Vera House Announces 29th Annual White Ribbon Campaign


SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, March 20th, 2023 — Vera House today announced the start of the 29th Annual White Ribbon Campaign. The fundraiser, which begins today and runs through March 31st, will once again focus on ending gender-based violence against women and girls.

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity.  It started in Canada in 1991 and remains one of the world’s largest male-led campaigns to end men’s violence against women.  Men and boys wearing the White Ribbon declare that they will never commit, excuse, or remain silent about men’s violence against women.   

The White Ribbon Campaign coincides with the continued efforts of Vera House, its Board, and Foundation to implement changes focused on strengthening services and rebuilding trust among clients, donors, and community partners following the most challenging time in this organization’s history. Philanthropic support, like the White Ribbon Campaign, is critical to this transformation.    

Vera House Interim Executive Director Sheri Rodriguez said, “The Vera House White Ribbon Campaign serves as an important reminder to the community just how crucial our mission-driven work remains towards ending domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse.  As such, we have structured this year’s events in a way that will help raise awareness and support while allowing us the valuable time we need to continue the important work of rebuilding trust after a difficult year for the Agency.  We are incredibly grateful for every sponsor, supporter, donor, and friend of Vera House.”

Vera House Foundation Trustee Chair Sarah Fitzgerald said, “We believe every person has the power to make a positive difference.  A donation in support of our mission is a testament to that belief.  All contributions have a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and families within our communities and beyond.  We look forward to partnering with you.”

This year, Vera House is offering several ways to help support and contribute to a future free of gender-based violence: 


White Ribbon Champions

CNY businesses can become White Ribbon Champions by generously donating a portion of their proceeds collected in the month of March to Vera House.  By participating, White Ribbon Champions are also eligible to have a Vera House representative visit their business or organization for a presentation on topics ranging from gender-based violence to healthy relationships.     

Champions click here for more information.


White Ribbon Heroes

White Ribbon Heroes have chosen to make an even more charitable impact by contributing $2,500 or more to the campaign. In return, generous businesses and organizations are featured in print materials and on social media channels and will receive limited edition White Ribbon Campaign bracelets. 

Heroes click here for more information.


White Ribbon Virtual Campaign Walk

In honor of our 29th annual White Ribbon Campaign we’ve invited the community to join Vera House by walking 29 miles from March 20 -31.  It costs $10 to register and participant’s progress will be tracked virtually in a fun and accessible way using the Pacer App.

Walkers click here for more information.


About Vera House, Inc.

Vera House is a non-profit organization in Syracuse, New York, dedicated to responding to and preventing sexual and domestic violence and other forms of abuse. The organization shelters survivors of domestic violence, offers prevention education programs, operates a 24-hour crisis line, organizes nurse treatment for victims of sexual assault, and performs outreach and advocacy. For more information, visit or follow Vera House on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



A Message to Andrew Cuomo

“The Friends of Andrew Cuomo” spent over $300,000 to launch an ad campaign designed to paint former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a victim of political attacks because of the sexual harassment claims against him. We cannot allow this gaslighting to continue while the ad revictimizes victims of not only Cuomo’s sexual harassment but ANYONE who has ever experienced abuse. The tactics used by Cuomo and his supporters further represent the barriers that survivors face every day that prevent them from coming forward and getting support. 


We at Vera House have asked Andrew Cuomo to take accountability for the harm he has caused on multiple occasions. Instead of admitting to his wrongdoings, he continues to use power and control to suppress and invalidate the truths of the survivors.  Today we released a video, produced by Solon Quinn Studios and supported by Survivors’ Network, that sends a powerful message to survivors, "I believe you."  


We are asking you to help us amplify the video so that survivors throughout New York and the rest of the world know that we believe and stand with them. 


Here’s how to get involved:  

1. Share our post on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter  

2. Engage with our content on Instagram and TikTok   

3. Share survivor support resources from your organization  

4. Tag @verahouseinc  


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