Community Commitment: 4 Peace & Harmony
Our Mission... To bring people together, using passion and song to inspire positive change.
The Barbershop Harmony Society is committed to providing the highest possible musical and performance educational experiences for singers of all ages, genders, and experiences. We believe that singing can truly make a better world and that the power of music can bring together people of all races, creeds, and life experiences. As a Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmonic Collective has made it our mission to use passion and song to inspire positive change. Our culture of acceptance and our firmly held beliefs of "Everyone in Harmony" and "A Better World Singing," championed by the Society is reflected in our performances and our time together every week. But it's more than just that...
2018-2019 Community Partner: Vera House, Inc.
Each year, Harmonic Collective partners with a force for good in our community to help create peace and harmony. We work to provide financial support, raise awareness for their cause, and put our human commitment to work in any way we can to create a better world.
This year, we are honored to partner with Vera House, Inc. whose mission is to prevent, respond to and partner to end domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse.
On January 1, 2005, two agencies with similar missions, Rape Crisis Center & Vera House became one merging their programs and staff in order to provide the same quality services . . . "together for hope and healing". The merged Vera House, Inc. continues a 40-year tradition of quality service to the Central New York community. The mission statement reflects the history of both merged agencies.
Rape Crisis Center was founded in 1974 by committed volunteers who saw the need for crisis, support and advocacy services for adult rape survivors. This mission grew over the years to include services for child victims of sexual assault and their families, preventive education programming and a team of nurses who provide 24-hour response for victims of sexual assault.
Vera House was founded in 1977 by a group of concerned individuals led by Sister Mary Vera, CSJ who recognized the need for emergency sheltering services for women in crisis. This original mission blossomed into a wide range of domestic violence services including outreach and advocacy, domestic violence education programming, children's counseling, the Syracuse Area Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition and a domestic violence education and accountability program for perpetrators of violence.
A world free of violence and abuse.
We advocate for the right of all persons to live without abuse, oppression, violence or fear in their relationships.
We honor individuals’ choices and empower them to use their strengths.
We foster trusting relationships and respectful communication through collaboration.
We embrace diversity and deliver culturally responsive, trauma-informed services with compassion.
We educate and challenge ourselves, and the community we serve, to promote a culture of respect and non-violence.
We encourage you to visit their website to find out more about how you can help - http://www.verahouse.org/
If you need help and support in an abusive relationship, you can call their Crisis and Support Line 24-hours a day - 315.468.3260