So if you’ve heard about our “Answer the Call” program, you know that we at Blanton’s hold a monthly contest on this website where the Fayetteville community can nominate and then vote on charities and organizations who are doing great work in our community. The winner gets a personal visit from the Blanton’s team and a $500 check – and then we start again for the next month. It’s our way of saying, “Thank you,” and giving back to the community that has done so much for us as a company.
But as anyone who has given back or volunteered can attest, it’s one thing to give of your time and your money – it’s quite another to see how that time or money has made a difference. And since you guys were the ones who vote in “Answer the Call”, we thought you’d like to see what an impact your contribution has made in our community!
So let’s examine how the $500 is helping the Child Advocacy Center, our first winner from January.
What the Child Advocacy Center Does
The Child Advocacy Center has been working in Cumberland County for over two decades, serving the needs of child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members. This service doesn’t just include providing hope and healing for the children and their families, but also providing help in investigating the case and getting justice for these victims. They serve an estimated 450 victims and family members a year, and save the community around $1,000 per case they investigate.
How Did $500 Help?
The “Answer the Call” check went toward providing training for member of the Child Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Team. The Team is crucial to the justice part of the Center’s mission, as the Team is involved in investigating cases of child abuse and recommending appropriate action. This means that Team members need to be well-versed in the best practices in areas like child development, forensic interviewing techniques, and legal standards for court testimony – all of which require specialized and regular training.
In addition, the Center says that training benefits include: “allegations of abuse are more completely investigated, producing more useable information; false allegations are quickly and efficiently dealt with, creating safeguards for all involved; improvement in the overall child abuse investigation, along with improved treatment and follow-up for the child victim and family; and professionals that interact regularly, provide each other needed support, and reduce burnout.”
Unfortunately, tight budgets mean that training is the first to go, and that can mean risking incomplete or difficult investigations for the hundreds of children and families who rely on the Child Advocacy Center.
With the $500 from “Answer the Call”, however, the Child Advocacy Center is able to get members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team the training they need. And that, in turn, helps the children of Cumberland County who are victims of child abuse. With the right compassion, caring, and training, the Child Advocacy Center can help limit the trauma of the abuse and the investigation, giving them a better chance for a healthier, more successful life.
It’s no exaggeration to say that we are incredibly honored that we could contribute to the Child Advocacy Center’s efforts, and we are amazed at how much good work a single organization can do in our community.
With that in mind, we’d like to remind you that you can still vote on March’s nominees and begin nominating any charities or organizations you’d like for April. And thank you for your help in giving back to our community.