Empowering those affected by violence.

How Can I Help?

In 2017
We served 772 direct victims of violence 
and provided over 4,000 nights of shelter.

Each year PAVE must raise approximately $50,000 to continue to provide services to victims and survivors in Dodge County.  Our most sincere thank you to everyone who contributed in 2016 to help us reach our goal!  We couldn't do it without you. 

Think about the all ways you could help just one victim.

You Can Donate

Wish List

Starred items are most needed - Updated 7/11/18

Wish List

* Diapers

* Paper Towel

* Plastic Totes for Storage

* Batteries

* Pillows

* Pad Locks for client lockers

* Garbage Bags

* Laundry Soap

* Light Bulbs

* Canned Fruit

* Bottled Water for Intakes & Community Clients

* Twin Fitted Sheets

* Bath Towels

* Ziploc Bags




Cooking Oil

Juice for kids

Feminine Products (all)

Wal-Mart Gift Cards

Lysol or Clorox Wipes

Household Cleaning Supplies

Plastic Mattress Covers-twin bed size


Hamburger Helper

Ramen Noodles


Canned Pasta

Canned Meat (chicken, etc.) 

Rubber Gloves (cleaning, etc.)

Plastic Shelving Units (to organize donations for clients)

Baby Wipes

Hair Conditioner


Postage Stamps

Candy (individually wrapped for school presentations)

Menard’s Gift Cards (for shelter maintenance)

Office Chairs

Pizza Cutters

Can Openers

Cling Wrap

Night lights and bulbs


Copier Paper (white)

Colored Paper

Markers (classic colors)

Monetary Donations

As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, PAVE relies heavily upon the tax deductible donations provided by our community.  These donations make up about 10% of PAVE's annual  budget and are required to provide match for our state and federal funding streams.  You can give easily and securely online simply by clicking the purple ribbon donate button to the left.  Take a look at our fundraising thermometer below.  It shows how close we are to meeting our unrestricted annual operations fundraising needs.

Donations can be mailed to: 

PO Box 561 
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Alternately donations can be made right online by clicking the 'donate' button on the top left portion of this page.  

Here's what your donation can do.

$10 Crisis line support (15 minutes)
 $35 Safety planning (1 hour)
 $75 Safe night in a shelter bed (24 hours)
 $100 Classroom prevention education (1 hour)
 $150 Sexual assault exam support (5 hours)
 $250 Legal assistance (8 hours)
 $500 Case management (1 week)
 $1000 Support group (1 year)

In-Kind (Item) Donations

If you are interested in donating items, please consider donating something on our Wish List.  While many of these items may not seem glamorous or exciting to give, basic necessities are needed most.

Corporate Giving

PAVE is always looking for businesses to sponsor our annual Sweet Thanks fundraiser, sponsor a particular service we provide (for example, sponsor a shelter bed for a week for $525) or to be a collection site for donations.  Please contact PAVE's Executive Director at 920-887-3810 or via email at tnienow@pavedc.org if you would like to discuss corporate giving options.  We are happy to share your story of goodwill in our newsletter.

Ebay Donations

When you sell an item on Ebay, consider donating the proceeds to PAVE.  To find out more go to www.ebay.com, instructions for providing a donation to your non-profit are including when you create a listing. 

Securities, Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Funds

Your tax deductible gift will allow you to bypass capital gains taxes.  Publicly traded securities, stocks, bonds and mutual funds may be donated to PAVE at their present fair market value, including any "paper profit" in the stock.  In this way, you avoid the capital gains tax that would be due if the securities were sold.  In most cases, you can also claim an income tax deduction for the full market value the day of the gift.  Closely held stock also can be an excellent way to make a donation.

PAVE holds an account that you can donate to at:

Edward Jones
Shawn Houser - Financial Advisor
1748 N. Spring St.
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Please contact your financial adviser or attorney for more information about how to make these gifts to PAVE.


A bequest - making a donation through your will - is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make sure that your family and friends are fully provided for by your estate.  A bequest has the added advantage of lowering your federal estate taxes and reducing estate fee.  
Through your will, you can specify that the remainder of your estate (after your family and friends are provided for) goes to charity, or you can specify that a charity receive a pre-determined fixed gift. If you already have executed your will, you can amend it easily through a simple legal device known as a codicil.  Please contact your attorney for more information about how to make these gifts to PAVE.


When you decide  to make a donation through a trust, you transfer property to the charity to be invested over your lifetime.  This charitable trust generates regular income to you and your spouse (or other designated beneficiary) for your lifetime(s).  When you and your beneficiary pass, the trust terminates, and the remaining amount in the trust goes on to the charity you choose.

In many cases, the income you receive from this trust during your lifetime will be tax free (depending upon the property used to fund the trust).  Also, there are no capital gains taxes on the property that is used to fund the trust.  There also may be estate and gift tax savings

Please contact your attorney for more information about how to make these gifts to PAVE.

Life Insurance

Life insurance has long played an important role in charitable giving.  Whether you donate an older policy you no longer need, or start a new policy to donate to a charity, this is a unique way to turn modest annual premiums into a significant donation. 
Please contact your insurance agent for more information about how to make these gifts to PAVE.

You Can Volunteer

Would you, or someone you know, like to become a PAVE volunteer?  PAVE volunteers are involved in many different activities, including direct services to  clients and/or their children, behind-the-scenes shelter operation, fundraising in the community, and so much more!

If you would like to volunteer or have questions about volunteering,  our Volunteer Coordinator would be happy to talk with you.  You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator by calling the business line at 920-887-3810 or by sending email to advocate5@peopleagainstaviolentenvironment.com 

You can fill out the volunteer application by following the link on the left to get started on becoming a PAVE volunteer.  We will review your application and perform a background check to ensure the safety and well being of our clients.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will then contact you to discuss your interests and talents and to provide you with training on working with PAVE and those we serve. 

PAVE staff members are friendly, fun people who appreciate how the volunteers give so selflessly of their time and effort.  All volunteer work done for PAVE is vital to the success of our organization.  As valued members of our team, PAVE volunteers can experience the rewarding feeling that comes with helping victims.  It's a win-win situation! 

You Can Advocate

By supporting victims - both directly and on a representative level - you can make a difference in their lives.

When you hear about a legislative issue that impact victims, contact your representatives to tell them how you, their constituency, feels about it.  Dodge County government contacts are listed below.

 Title         Name
 Phone #
 Address / Email
 US Senator   Tammy Baldwin
 1 Russell Courtyard
Washington, DC 20510
 US Senator
Ron Johnson
 202-224-5323SRC2 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4904
 US Representative
 Tom Petri
 1-800-242-48832462 Rayburn Building
Washington DC 20515
 State Senator  
 Scott Fitzgerald (13th District)
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53702
 State Representative
Mark Born  608-266-2540 PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

You Can be a Friend

Helping a friend or family member that is being victimized can be difficult.  Here are seven tips for how you can be most helpful.

1.  Listen - give your undivided attention. 

2.  Don't judge - recognize that disclosing what has happened takes immense courage.  A victim's choices may not always be the same as yours.  Understand that those choices are impacted by trauma you may not know about and understanding the abuser in a way you are not able to.  Validate the feelings and experiences you hear about and always remember that violence is never the victim's fault.

3.  Talk safety - ask what you can do to help the victim stay safe.  Many times outside assistance will help, but abuse may escalate when those outside the family are involved.  Try to involve the victim in any decisions to bring in assistance.

4.  Provide options and resources - give PAVE's crisis number (1-800-887-3785) as well as any other resources that can help meet the victim's self identified needs.  Brainstorm options for responding to the situation and listen as the victim plays each of those out to determine a best course of action.

5.  Remember privacy - a victim's story is their own.  Do not share it with anyone without their permission.

6.  Verbalize that your help is unconditional - stand by a victim regardless of their choices.  An abuser uses isolation as a tactic to maintain power and control.  If the victim feels that you will disapprove, they may believe their abuser's claims to being the only one that is there for them.

7.  Be kind - praise all the little steps a victim takes to address their situation.  Abuser's deplete a victim's self worth.  Find ways to build them back up.  Stay positive!

You Can Tell A Friend

Share stories of PAVE's good work and programs with those you know.  Word of mouth is the best way to expand our reach.  Connect others with our website, our crisis line, our prevention education programs, our community collaboration teams or our volunteer opportunities. Connect with our agency on Facebook. 'Like' and invite others to 'like' our page.  Every person you tell increases the chances that every victim in Dodge County will learn about our services.

Thank you for supporting victims of violence and PAVE!