Volunteers take anti-bullying effort to Austin’s streetsPublished 5:03pm Saturday, June 15, 2013
By mid-afternoon Friday, Danielle Nesvold could tell more than a few people were ready to show their support in the fight against bullying.
“I just got a call from the other intersection; their buckets are overflowing,” said Danielle Nesvold, head organizer and founder of CAB.
The annual Take it to the Streets collection ran from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at intersections near Austin High School and Riverland Community College. Funds collected will support programs to educate and empower the community to put an end to bullying, Nesvold said.
The average donation was about $3 per person, but donations went as high as $20, she said. As volunteers received donations, they also handed out flyers urging parents to help their children stand up for themselves.
“We don’t come to this world wanting to take people down,” Nesvold said. “Bullying comes from a place of pain.”
Toward the end of the collection, Reenie Hogan presented CAB with a $10,000 check. She and her family donated to the cause in memory of her daughter Kellsey, who died in 2006 at the age of 15. Hogan said Kellsey would have supported the cause. The Modern Woodmen of America matched the donation with a $2,500 contribution of its own.
Those who missed the event can still drop off donations at Wellness 1st Chiropractic at 300 W. Oakland Ave. CAB meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the meeting rooms across from GNC in Oak Park Mall.