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You can help address domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and improve the lives of local survivors -- by donating, volunteering and advocating for an end to sexual and domestic violence. 

At Avalon, we are grateful when members of the community conduct events to benefit Avalon. Kiwanis, William & Mary, Women's Charity Tennis, Colonial Heritage, just to name a few, in addition to the many individuals, businesses, civic and faith groups that contribute year round. We could not continue to provide shelter and support without the community.


March 17, 2017 Sham-Rock the Burg! Kiwanis will rock Williamsburg and raise funds to benefit Avalon providing prevention, education, shelter and support services. 6-10 p.m. Williamsburg Community Building at 401 North Boundary Street. 

April 23, 2017. Wine Tour de France for Avalon. 

Please join us for A Wine Tour de France for Avalon graciously hosted by Le Yaca French Restaurant. Tickets for this lovely Sunday afternoon soiree from 4 until 6 o'clock will be limited, so please mark the date on your calendar! Some 100 of Williamsburg's most enchanting and philanthropic-minded will be there -- you won't want to miss it! Space is limited. This event will sell out quickly!

For details about being an individual or corporate event sponsor,click here or click here to make a sponsorship payment. Or, contact Priscilla Caldwell at

Please see our thank you to our 2016 sponsors in the Virginia Gazette.


April 30 Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival. At High Street the Williamsburg Rotary and YEP present beer offerings and entertainment. Sundary noon to 5 p.m.


Earlier This Year March 11, 6:30 p.m.: Zumba with Christi JCC Rec Center. Admission: bring a donation for Avalon and help instructor Christi celebrate her birthday!


Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival April 24 1-5 p.m. City Square in Williamsburg. With live music and 28 craft beers from 14 different breweries around the state. Held by: Rotary Club of Williamsburg and Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg (YEP). Proceeds to benefit Avalon.  ttps://






September 10, 2016. Kiwanis Shrimp Feast has become Williamsburg's signature late summer family event. Over the past decades, it has become a place to see and be seen, a great gathering of community, entertainment and fun.This year the Shrimp Feast will benefit Avalon. Please come and bring your friends, family and neighbors! Proceeds to help Avalon. Thank you Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg!  
Purchase tickets here. --  please write "Avalon" in the notes field.

September 13-14, 2016. 23rd Annual Women's Charity Tennis Classic Women's Double Tournament McCormick-Nagelson Tennis Center, Williamsburg VA  Register here. 

If you or your organization would like to plan and organize an event to benefit Avalon, please contact Priscilla Caldwell, Director of Development at 258-5022 ext. 1008.

September 24. Colonial Heritage Race to Benefit Avalon. Mark your calendar and click here to register. 

Plans are underway for the next big event for Avalon.   Please stay tuned ... and let us know if you would like to be involved!

It takes a lot to provide 24-hour shelter and support to 50+ people; offer outreach through counseling, support groups, legal advocacy community education, information, and awareness to the greater Williamsburg community; and answer more than 2,000 Helpline calls a year.

To discuss contributing to Avalon, please contact our Director of Development, Priscilla Caldwell at or (757) 258-5544.

Financial Support

We are extremely grateful to those individuals, groups and organizations who provide financial support. These funds represent a significant portion of our operating budget, and we rely on the contributions from the community to sustain and improve Avalon's services.

Adopt a Bed Adopt an Apartment
Funds will provide for one bed in the Emergency Shelter, giving overnight accommodation to 25-40 persons in a year. Hundreds of our neighbors seek refuge at Avalon each year.  For your generous annual gift of $5,000 you can provide a two-bedroom Avalon transitional apartment for a family in need. Each two-bedroom apartment can house a mom and her children for up to 90 days.
Gift $1,500 Gift $5,000
  • Donate online through PayPal (takes both credit cards and PayPal account info).
  • Call or mail us your credit card information. We need the name on the card, credit card number, expiration date and your zip code.
  • Mail a check (made payable to Avalon) to:

Avalon: A Center for Women and Children
PO Box 6805
Williamsburg, VA 23188

  • Take advantage of matching gifts through employers
  • Leave a bequest or contribute towards the Avalon endowment
  • Donate securities such as stock

Please contact your accountant, tax adviser, or investment consultant before taking any action; and be certain to ask which options may provide you with the greatest tax benefit.

** Consider becoming a monthly donor by setting up automatic payments through PayPal. This gives Avalon the security of counting on regular, known contributions.

In-kind Donations

We welcome and appreciate items we need every day to keep the shelter and services running smoothly, healthily and safely. A good way to help Avalon is to conduct a wish-list drive to help meet clients’ basic needs.

Gift cards are another great way to give. This option allows staff and clients to obtain items needed immediately, like food, clothing, prescriptions, office supplies and gas for transportation. Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target and Martin’s Grocery are preferred.

Common in-kind items we need:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Deodorant
  • Over the counter allergy/cold medicine
  • flip flops or temporary slip-on shoes for intake need sizes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 
  • Air mattresses
  • Garbage bags (both “tall kitchen” and 30 gallon black bags)
  • Ziploc bags of all sizes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Bleach
  • NEW unworn clothing
  • NEW unused full and twin-size sheets and blankets
  • NEW unused pillows
  • Feminine products
  • Full-sized shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Ethnic hair care products

We also welcome donated services. We can use help in all sorts of areas, such as:

  • Professional-level cleaning services
  • Lawn care, landscaping and gardening
  • Home repair and maintenance, including plumbers, carpenters, electricians, landscapers and more
  • Hair cutting/coloring, nail care, etc. for clients to help boost self-esteem and relax
  • Marketing, writing or graphic design

Avalon: A Center for Women and Children is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID #52-1208945). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. On behalf of all victims and survivors of domestic violence we serve, thank you for your support!

You may also donate through one of these sites:,,



Volunteers of Avalon (VOA)

Volunteers are a vital part of our organization, and without them, Avalon would not be able to provide all of our programs and services. We are so appreciative of all of the generous individuals and groups who have given us their time and talent to help us help others.

How To Join the Volunteers of Avalon (VOA)

The Volunteers of Avalon (VOA) Program provides fulfilling opportunities to serve with Avalon in ways that are flexible, meet your needs, and fit into your schedule.

Feel free to attend one of our monthly New Volunteer Orientations to learn more about Avalon’s history, our mission, and the different ways the VOA make a difference in our daily journey to serve, support and empower. After the orientation, you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and receive “on-the-job” training as a volunteer.

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  • Look at this list of VOA opportunities to see how you can best use your personal skills and interests to help meet Avalon’s needs
  • Complete this online registration application  and download this application, complete it, and send it to to begin the process of becoming a VOA  
  • Contact  Augusta  at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an orientation
    • Orientations are held at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Avalon Outreach Office
    • Dates subject to change
  • Attend this orientation to learn more about Avalon and the additional training requirements
  • Complete required independent learning modules
  • Upon completion, Augusta will work with you to schedule "on-the-job" training and get you started serving alongside us.


Each year, Avalon provides shelter and support to more than 600 people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.
Can you help?  Yes, you can! By sponsoring our event, you will help provide safety and services for those neighbors most in need.

A Wine Tour de France for Avalon

Explore the wines of: Alsace ● Bordeaux ● Loire Valley ● Provence ● Rhone Valley
matched with delicious dishes of and graciously hosted by Le Yaca French Restaurant.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4 until 6 o’clock in the afternoon

Become a Sponsor

Crystal            $7,000
En chateau      $5,000
Independente   $3,000
La table           $1,000

Crystal $7,000

Like the finest Riedel glasses, this sponsor is the single top sponsor.
This top sponsor will be featured first and foremost in every mention of the event in all media on all channels.  This sponsor will also receive 6 tickets to the wine tasting, 2 tickets to an exclusive dinner for thirty featuring wines from a mystery cellar and menu developed by Chef Daniel Abid, on-site signage before and during the event,and features in all promotions including social media, website, newsletters, invitations, announcements, media and printed programs.

En chateau     $5,000

Wines produced by the magnificent and historic estates of France.
These sponsors will be prominently featured in the program and in all mentions of the event.  En Chateau sponsors will receive 6 tickets to the wine tasting and prominent features in all promotions, such as social media, website, newsletters, invitations, announcements, media and printed programs.

Independente   $3,000

Wines crafted and produced by independent boutique wineries.
These sponsors will be prominently featured in the program and in all mentions of the event. Also, these sponsors will receive 4 tickets to the wine tasting and prominent features in all promotions, such as social media, website, newsletters, invitations, announcements, media and printed programs.

La Table $1,000

Delightful table wines found in the villages throughout France.These sponsors will be featured in the program and in all mentions of the event. Also, these sponsors will receive 2 tickets to the wine tasting and will be featured in all promotions, such as social media, website, newsletters, invitations, announcements, media and printed programs.

Connoisseurs $500

Sponsorships at the $500 level will be recognized on site at the event, on our website, and in the Avalon newsletter. To become a sponsor now, complete the form below or send in the attached form with a check payable to Avalon. Thank you!

Each year Avalon seeks sponsors for our signature event organized by our board of directors. In May 2016, the event, A Wine Tour de France for Avalon, drew more than a dozen event sponsors!

This event is a great way to gain exposure for your business through our promotion throughout the year before, during and after, through social, digital and traditional media and public relations.

Please contact if you may be interested in becoming an Avalon sponsor.


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Testimonial 11

"The help from the staff was exceptionally well. Everyone was professional, knowledgeable and helpful. The service from this organization is great!"

Testimonial 12

"The positive experiences I had with the program is the grounding techniques and the ability to focus and understand who I am as an individual a person. That my past does not define me."

Testimonial 10

"I was able to have a clean safe environment and meet others that are in similar situation letting me know I am not alone. My needs and concerns were met promptly and I was treated with dignity and respect."

Testimonial 9

Staff welcomed me back without "shaming" me for having to come back."

Testimonial 8

"I came in with nothing- no home- no money- no shelter at all. I left with a job, food and my very own apartment. Thanks to Avalon!"

Testimonial 7

"The positive experience I have had with Avalon and the services they offered me is the interaction that I now have with me. I am able to love me and love others. To be able to interact with other women in my life and around me. Seeing the beauty in women and their strength. I am an overcomer and Avalon helped me to own and claim that."

Testimonial 6

"The shelter assisted my family with a safe environment to reside while moving forward with our lives. Staff has always been helpful when needed and my children participate in the programs available to them. I was an all around good experience for us."

Testimonial 3

I really have no idea what I could have done if Avalon didn’t accept me or exist.

Testimonial 2

Without Avalon’s shelter… I probably would have stayed in the relationship because I had no where else to go. This seems to be the trend for women who are abused. I may have lost my life.

Testimonial 1

I usually do not talk to anyone about our problems at home and I just plow through the crappy part and try to forget it. But coming here I just got a break and talking to your staff just let me get my frustrations out and vent my fears… Thank you for listening and thank you for allowing us to stay in a protected space.

Testimonial 5

"When I "messed up" one time, they were not judgmental, they helped me. I give all the praise in world. They believed in me and gave me a second chance."

Testimonial 4

"I thank God each and every day for Avalon and their staff, for God only knows where I would be today without Avalon."


P. O. Box 6805 Avalon is a 501c3 organization
Williamsburg, VA 23185 Tax ID: 52-1208945



Supported by Grant #15-D2631SP14 awarded to the Virginia Department of Criminal justice by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions contained herein are those of Avalon and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 


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