Have you seen the continuing stream of violence and crime in the media? Unfortunately, Broome County is not immune. In 2012, the Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc., opened over 1,600 cases to assist innocent victims of crime….our neighbors, family, and friends. We also provided preventive education to over 6, 000 individuals and worked with law enforcement, child protective services, and medical professionals to provide services to nearly 250 children who have been sexually and/or physically abused. CVAC could not provide these services without the ongoing, generous financial support from caring and invested individuals like you.
In 2014, CVAC plans to work with numerous community partners to roll out the Enough Abuse campaign which is geared towards parents and adults who work with children, to provide information on protecting our children from sex abuse. CVAC is also working on additional programming for professionals around taking disclosures from children properly and has been involved in working with state agencies to update the state’s mandated reporter training. The agency is also working towards meeting higher numbers of clients and programs with dwindling funding and, thus far, consistant staffing levels. For example, staff and volunteers responded to the hospital 606 times (both during and after hours) since January 1, 2012. We continue to accompany clients to court and provide advocacy to other community partners and with state agencies on behalf of crime victims.
We so appreciate any support you have provided us in the past and thank you in advance for donating to our initiatives this year. Very unfortunately, our services are requested in various capacities at an increasing rate and we want and need to serve the people of Broome County to the very best of our ability…which easily translates to stretching our limited budget as far as possible to do so. That’s where you come in!!
Any donation amount is appreciated! Five dollars would buy us a ream of paper; $10 could provide a pair of sweatpants for a rape victim at the emergency room after completion of an evidence collection kit, (which requires immediate confiscation of all clothing); $50 could provide an educational program to a group of children on personal safety….well, you get the idea. Without the support of the local community, a domino effect unfolds. Decreased funding results in decreased services including support to DWI and homicide victims, at the very time they need it most. More drastic cuts would translate to fewer staff, and the provision of even fewer services.
Again, we appreciate your support in advance. You are about to make a huge difference and we couldn’t do this work without you and your willingness to recognize the importance of our services and presence in our community!!!!
Think back over the news stories for the last 12 months…CVAC has been involved and continues to be present at some of the most traumatic times our communities have seen, in both big and small ways. We thank you for your support of our mission and the very unique role we play in Broome County. Thank you for your thoughtfulness & Happy Holidays!
For more information, call the CVAC office at (607) 723-3200 or send your check to CVAC at 377 Robinson Street in Binghamton, New York 13904. Visit our website at www.cvac.us today!