Monday, March 20, 2017

Be The Bridge for the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick-off a social media based fundraiser called "Be the Bridge" on Tuesday, March 21st, to help bridge the gap in state funding.

The State of Illinois has been without a budget for nearly 21 months. During this time of uncertainty, lawmakers put together a stopgap measure to keep funds flowing throughout the state for the FY2017. The Center recently learned that funding for its domestic violence and family centered shelter programs were not included in the stopgap measure, despite being assured to the contrary. This currently represents a $203,000 unexpected deficit to the organization, its services, and most importantly, the clients it serves.

Through the Be the Bridge fundraiser, The Center hopes to encourage old and new friends to post a picture on their social media sites. Create and hold a simple sign with a half circle (representing the bridge) with a heart underneath and include the hashtag #iamthebridge. Everyone can Be the Bridge without even leaving his or her house! All anyone has to do is donate online, share their #iamthebridge picture online, and challenge friends to do the same. On Facebook, supporters can choose to add the "DONATE" button to their post or, simply steer supporters to the Center's website to donate through PayPal at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse serves children, adults, and seniors throughout six counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, and stark. The Center is the only agecy in the State of Illinois to house combined services under one roof for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, elder abuse and abuse of adults living with disabilities. The organizations's professional caregivers are a crucial part of the human support in our community, annually serving about 5,000 survivors of all ages.

Prevention Education programming is another essential service provided through The Center, teaching young people about keeping their bodies safe, building healthy relationships, and methods to prevent bullying. Last year The Center's professional educators reached more than 33,000 students. The Center for Prevention of Abuse is determined to do its best to end the cycle of violence and abuse and build a safe and peaceful community for all.

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