Do Good: Shirley Christie

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Shirley Christie volunteers at Safe Homes of Augusta, a shelter for abused women and children

AGE: 55



ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Safe Homes of Augusta offers services to victims of domestic violence, including a 16-bed emergency shelter, a crisis hot line, legal advocacy, support groups, children's programs, emergency financial assistance and life skills classes. The organization also seeks to educate the community about the effects of domestic violence, including a program that educates teens about dating violence.

WHAT SHE DOES: Christie performs office work, answers crisis calls, does follow-up calls with clients who have left the program, organizes craft projects with the children at the shelter, teaches cooking lessons and does public speaking in the community on behalf of the organization.

WHY SHE DOES IT: "I believe very strongly that everybody owes something to their community, and I think that we should all pitch in and try to make things better, period. But I also come from an abusive family, and so working for Safe Homes makes me hope that maybe I'm helping some family get out of that situation."

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers and monetary donations are always needed. The center is currently in need of toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

"As you probably can understand, when women and kids leave their homes, they don't leave with much," Meghann Eppenbrock said.

The center accepts store gift cards and gas cards to help women buy items they need while looking for work or setting up a new home.