The charity selected this year is Apna Ghar, which provides free services and resources (such as counseling, a safe space, a 24 hour hotline, and translations) for those experiencing gender and domestic violence, particularly those who are from immigrant backgrounds. Apna Ghar provides comprehensive and holistic services to survivors as they begin their journeys of healing and empowerment. We also conduct community education and address systemic barriers that immigrant survivors face.
District 219 (Niles North and Niles West) joined forces in 2003 to create its own Dance Marathon, a completely student run organization that helps a different charity each year. Through canning, bakes sales, and fundraisers members of DM help the charity by raising money all year long. At the end of the year, there is an 8-hour dance marathon to celebrate all of the hard work and the total amount from the year of fundraising is revealed.