Giving Back to Give Forward

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It’s 2018, and a new year has begun.  While January is known for setting the stage for new year’s resolutions and providing us the opportunity to “start over”, it’s a month that also celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day—a federal holiday that remembers a man who ignited the Civil Rights Movement to eliminate racial inequality.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was dedicated to creating positive change in our society through serving others.  He once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  His accomplishments were definitely extraordinary, and it’s important to know we all have the capability to make a difference.  Volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about, even if for just a few hours, contributes to generating change in the lives of others.  If you’re driven to protect the children in our community, the Child Advocacy Center is the perfect place for you to volunteer.

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is committed to serving children who experienced abuse while also promoting prevention and awareness efforts to provide children a life free from child abuse.  It’s a place devoted to creating community change to ensure the safety of our children, and volunteers play a big role in the success of the CAC’s efforts.  As a volunteer at the Child Advocacy Center, you can give back to the children in our community in a variety of ways, whether it’s for a few hours, one day, or on a regular basis.

Volunteers assist with safeguarding sensitive information by shredding old files, provide valuable information to families by assembling the information packets given to them when their child reports abuse, and help spread the word about the center’s services and prevention efforts by preparing mass mailings.  You can also serve on one of the CAC’s committees, such as the Community Coalition Committee, if you’re interested in brainstorming and implementing ways to increase child abuse awareness and prevention efforts.

For volunteers who want to be directly engaged with the community, there are outreach opportunities such as participating in the Speaker’s Bureau to speak to organizations about the CAC’s work or setting up a CAC display table at local events to promote awareness about child abuse.  In April—Child Abuse Prevention Month—you can help distribute the symbolic pinwheel gardens across the community.  You can also be a reader during November’s 19 Days of Prevention when the CAC provides a 20-minute story time in classrooms to educate and empower children through fun books.

Additionally, groups can volunteer by making comfort blankets and comfort bags that are given to children who are seen at the CAC.  Given the range of volunteer opportunities, anyone can give back to the children in this community and help provide them a future free from child abuse.

So, as you establish your new year’s resolutions for 2018, remember the spirit of the upcoming holiday on January 15th, and consider what you can do for others this year.  Consider volunteering at the Child Advocacy Center, a place where giving back to children means giving them hope to move forward because the future will be a safer place.

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities at the Child Advocacy Center visit, or contact Faith Boehmer, the volunteer coordinator, at 910-486-9700 or

Written by Vanessa Allen, CAC Volunteer




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