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You can help address domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and improve the lives of local survivors -- by donating, volunteering and advocating for an end to sexual and domestic violence. 

May 20, 2018. Wine Tour de France for Avalon. 

Please join us for A Wine Tour de France for Avalon graciously hosted by Le Yaca French Restaurant. Tickets for this lovely Sunday afternoon soiree from 4 until 6 o'clock will be limited, so purchase tickets now! Some 100 of Williamsburg's most enchanting and philanthropic-minded will be there -- you won't want to miss it! Space is limited and this event sells out.

Following the tasting will be a special chef's dinner paired with unique wines from a mystery cellar. Very limited seating.

To register for the tasting or dinner, and for details about being an individual or corporate event sponsor,click here.

For questions, contact Priscilla Caldwell at



April 29, 2018 Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival. Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

At High Street the Williamsburg Rotary and YEP present beer offerings and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Avalon Center!
To volunteer, please contact

Tickets and info can be found at


March 2018 Sham-Rock the Burg!

Kiwanis will rock Williamsburg and raise funds to benefit Avalon providing prevention, education, shelter and support services.

6-10 p.m. Williamsburg Community Building at 401 North Boundary Street.  


Women's Charity Tennis Classic helping women and children since 1994.

September 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Ford’s Colony Country Club, Marsh Hawk
12:30 Shotgun
$100 per person
Register to Play or sponsor today, here:



If you or your organization would like to plan and organize an event to benefit Avalon, please contact Priscilla Caldwell, Director of Development at 258-5022 ext. 1008.

Plans are underway for the next big event for Avalon.   Please stay tuned ... and let us know if you would like to be involved!

It takes a lot to provide 24-hour shelter and support to 50+ people; offer outreach through counseling, support groups, legal advocacy community education, information, and awareness to the greater Williamsburg community; and answer more than 2,000 Helpline calls a year.

To discuss contributing to Avalon, please contact our Director of Development, Priscilla Caldwell at or (757) 258-5544.

Financial Support

We are extremely grateful to those individuals, groups and organizations who provide financial support. These funds represent a significant portion of our operating budget, and we rely on the contributions from the community to sustain and improve Avalon's services.

Adopt a Bed Adopt an Apartment
Funds will provide for one bed in the Emergency Shelter, giving overnight accommodation to 25-40 persons in a year. Hundreds of our neighbors seek refuge at Avalon each year.  For your generous annual gift of $5,000 you can provide a two-bedroom Avalon transitional apartment for a family in need. Each two-bedroom apartment can comfortably house a mom and her children.
Gift $1,500 Gift $5,000
  • Donate online through PayPal (takes both credit cards and PayPal account info).
  • Call or mail us your credit card information. We need the name on the card, credit card number, expiration date and your zip code.
  • Mail a check (made payable to Avalon) to:

Avalon Center
PO Box 6805
Williamsburg, VA 23188

  • Take advantage of matching gifts through employers:  simply fill out a form with your employer and when you contribute to Avalon, your employer will also contribute. 
  • Establish a Life Income gift:  "Charitable remainder annuity trusts" can be an excellent option because trusts of this kind allow an annual return of 5% or greater, which can be paid to you or a loved one for life-- after which, the assets would be distributed to Avalon.
  • Leave a bequest or contribute towards the Avalon endowment:  bequests provide a lasting, meaningful legacy helping survivors for years to come-- talk to your financial advisor for guidance.  
  • Donate securities such as stock:  for tax benefits, gifts of stock may be most beneficial for some donors because transferring appreciated securities to nonprofits can eliminate taxes on gains.  Donors receive a full tax deduction for the market value of the stock at the time of the gift.  Contact Avalon for instructions on how to make a transfer by calling (757) 258-5022 or email  
  • Make gifts of real estate property:  this type of gift allows donors to avoid sizable capital gains taxes while providing a valuable contribution to our mission.
  • Consider becoming a monthly donor: set up automatic payments through PayPal. This gives Avalon the security of counting on regular, known contributions.
  • IRA Contributions:  donors over age 70 1/2 can make contributions to Avalon tax-free from their individual retirement accounts.

The following information may be requested by your financial advisor or IRA administrator:

  1. Legal Name:  "Avalon: A Center for Women and Children" (doing business as "Avalon Center")
  2. Avalon is a qualified charitable organization under the Pension Protection Act as described in section 170(b)(1)(A) of the IRS code.
  3. Federal Tax ID:  52-1208945
  4. Mailing Address:  PO Box 6805  Williamsburg, VA 23188

Please contact your accountant, tax adviser, or investment consultant before taking any action; and be certain to ask which options may provide you with the greatest tax benefit.

  • Give to Avalon Center every time you shop online with AmazonSmile.  Simply add the prefix "Smile" to your web address when logging in by typing and designate Avalon Center to receive a portion of the proceeds from your purchases.  No further action is necessary, the rest is magic!


Donate Items

We welcome and appreciate items we need every day. We can accept new, unused, unworn items of clothing, bedding and personal items. You can see the needs list below.  

For gently used items, we ask they be taken to FISH in Williamsburg at 312 Waller Mill Road -- ​757-220-9379 Open M-F 9-4. FISH has some 250 volunteers to sort and organize the donations. Also, FISH provides for anyone in need in the community who is referred from agencies such as Avalon, Social Services, Red Cross, etc. In Mathews, HANDS ACROSS MATHEWS,  804-725-0934 10878 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews, VA similarly offers those in need gently used clothing and food. 

Avalon is pleased to partner with these and other agencies in the region to maximize resources and avoid duplication of effort. 

A good way to help Avalon is to conduct a wish-list drive to help meet clients’ basic needs. You can bring items to our office located at 3206 Ironbound Road, (GPS 215 Ingram Road) in Williamsburg. If you would like to donate something other than what is listed below, please call first to discuss: 757-258-5022.

 General Needs  Household Goods  New Clothing  New Linens  Gift Cards  Personal Care Items 
 (for All Genders)
  • Backpacks
  • Over the Counter Medicine
  • Dental Care
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • School Supplies
  • Non-Perishable Foods
  • Tote Bags
  • New Electronics
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tissues
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Garbage Bags
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Shoes, Socks, Slippers 
  • Underwear 
  • Outerwear 
  • Interview Attire 
  • Maternity 
  • Children & Teen 
  • Infant & Toddler 
  • Clothing Hangers 
  • Pillows 
  • Bedding Sets 
  • Bath Towels 
  • Wash Cloths 
  • Bath Mats 
  • Walmart 
  • Target 
  • Farm Fresh 
  • Gas Stations 
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (Full Size)
  • Hair Accessories, Combs, & Brushes
  • African-American Hair Products
  • Tampons & Pads
  • Deodorant 


We also welcome donated services. We can use help in all sorts of areas, such as:

  • Lawn care, landscaping and gardening.
  • Professional-level cleaning services.
  • Home repair and maintenance, including plumbers, carpenters, electricians, landscapers, and more.


Avalon: A Center for Women and Children is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID #52-1208945). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. On behalf of all victims and survivors of domestic violence we serve, thank you for your support!


You may also donate through one of these sites:,,



Volunteers of Avalon

Volunteers are a vital part of our organization, and without them, Avalon would not be able to provide all of our programs and services. We are so appreciative of all of the generous individuals and groups who have given us their time and talent to help us help others.

How to Become an Avalon Volunteer

The Volunteer program provides fulfilling opportunities to serve with Avalon in ways that are flexible, meet your needs, and fit into your schedule.

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  • Look at this list of opportunities to see how you can best use your personal skills and interests to help meet Avalon’s needs
  • Complete this online registration application  AND download this application, complete it, and send it to to begin the process of becoming an Avalon Volunteer
  • Complete required independent learning modules
  • Contact  Rachel to schedule an orientation
  • Attend this orientation to learn more about Avalon and the additional training requirements
  • After the orientation, you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and receive “on-the-job” training in the area(s) you want to a volunteer.
  • Upon completion, Avalon will work with you to schedule "on-the-job" training and get you started serving alongside us.


Each year Avalon seeks sponsors for our signature event organized by our board of directors. In May 2016, the event, A Wine Tour de France for Avalon, drew more than a dozen event sponsors!

This event is a great way to gain exposure for your business through our promotion throughout the year before, during and after, through social, digital and traditional media and public relations.

See our 2017 Wine Tour de France Sponsors here.

Learn about the inaugural "Avalon Classic" Golf Tournament here.

Please contact if you may be interested in becoming an Avalon sponsor.



Wine Tour de France
Register now for: Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Testimonial 11

"The help from the staff was exceptionally well. Everyone was professional, knowledgeable and helpful. The service from this organization is great!"

Testimonial 12

"The positive experiences I had with the program is the grounding techniques and the ability to focus and understand who I am as an individual a person. That my past does not define me."

Testimonial 10

"I was able to have a clean safe environment and meet others that are in similar situation letting me know I am not alone. My needs and concerns were met promptly and I was treated with dignity and respect."

Testimonial 9

Staff welcomed me back without "shaming" me for having to come back."

Testimonial 8

"I came in with nothing- no home- no money- no shelter at all. I left with a job, food and my very own apartment. Thanks to Avalon!"

Testimonial 7

"The positive experience I have had with Avalon and the services they offered me is the interaction that I now have with me. I am able to love me and love others. To be able to interact with other women in my life and around me. Seeing the beauty in women and their strength. I am an overcomer and Avalon helped me to own and claim that."

Testimonial 6

"The shelter assisted my family with a safe environment to reside while moving forward with our lives. Staff has always been helpful when needed and my children participate in the programs available to them. I was an all around good experience for us."

Testimonial 3

I really have no idea what I could have done if Avalon didn’t accept me or exist.

Testimonial 2

Without Avalon’s shelter… I probably would have stayed in the relationship because I had no where else to go. This seems to be the trend for women who are abused. I may have lost my life.

Testimonial 1

I usually do not talk to anyone about our problems at home and I just plow through the crappy part and try to forget it. But coming here I just got a break and talking to your staff just let me get my frustrations out and vent my fears… Thank you for listening and thank you for allowing us to stay in a protected space.

Testimonial 5

"When I "messed up" one time, they were not judgmental, they helped me. I give all the praise in world. They believed in me and gave me a second chance."

Testimonial 4

"I thank God each and every day for Avalon and their staff, for God only knows where I would be today without Avalon."


P. O. Box 6805 Avalon is a 501c3 organization
Williamsburg, VA 23188 Tax ID: 52-1208945



Supported by Grant #15-D2631SP14 awarded to the Virginia Department of Criminal justice by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions contained herein are those of Avalon and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 


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