Many people throughout Springfield will be wearing symbolic 'black eye' stickers on Friday to raise awareness about domestic violence and funds for Harmony House, Greene County's only shelter for survivors of domestic violence. (Photo: SBJ photog)

Friday, Oct. 28, is Harmony House’s 8th annual iCare Day, a community-wide fundraising and domestic violence awareness initiative.

Many people throughout Springfield will be wearing symbolic black eye stickers and lapel pins that say “Ask me why iCare.” These are intended to spark conversations about domestic violence.

Harmony House is Greene County’s only shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

Several businesses and organizations have taken the iCare Pledge and are hosting fundraisers, both online and in-person, to support Harmony House. 

Here are a few ways to support the iCare campaign:

  • Petsway will roundup your purchase at all locations in Springfield and Nixa during the month of October
  • Hudson Hawk will donate 10% of sales on October 28th at all Springfield locations
  • Springfield Business Journal is hosting a pancake breakfast open house on October 28th
  • The Coffee Ethic will donate $1 from each cappuccino sold.

Jared Alexander is Harmony House’s philanthropy director and soon-to-be executive director. (Current executive director Lisa Farmer is retiring in December.)

This was taken Friday morning at the Springfield Business Journal’s pancake breakfast fundraiser for the iCare campaign. Pictured (from left) are Jared Alexander, Harmony House philanthropy director; Carlee Brown, project manager at Oracle and iCare co-chair; Christine Temple, executive editor of the Springfield Business Journal and iCare co-chair; and Delaney Yocum, development director for Harmony House. (Photo: Springfield Business Journal photog)

Asked about other ways the community can participate in iCare Day, Alexander pointed to social media. 

“There’s going to be so many social media posts from us all day long, but also from participating businesses,” Alexander said. “They are going to be showing those group photos of their team members wearing their ‘Ask me why iCare’ buttons and black eye stickers, if they choose, to say that ‘this business cares about domestic abuse in our community.’

“The easiest thing to do is hit ‘share.’ Start that conversation. Spread the word,” he continued. “There’s also a place to contribute to many of these businesses online, if they feel moved to make a gift to keep our mission going. Each one of these businesses has a giving page that lives on our website.”

Find ways to support Harmony House at myharmonyhouse.org/icare/

Follow Harmony House on Facebook.

Search the hashtag #icare.

Jackie Rehwald

Jackie Rehwald is a reporter at the Springfield Daily Citizen. She covers housing, homelessness, domestic violence and early childhood, among other public affairs issues. Her office line is 417-837-3659. More by Jackie Rehwald