Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Accepts $20,000 Donation for Prevention Education Services from CEFCU

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has received a $20,000 donation from CEFCU to help fund the continuance of Prevention Education programming in Peoria Public Schools (PPS). The gift is an annual donation to provide violence prevention education to students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.

“We are very pleased to accept this donation from CEFCU and thankful for their continued support of our prevention education program,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director of The Center for Prevention of Abuse. “This funding allows us to continue our important work in the classroom connecting with young people and teaching them how to build healthy personal relationships, contributing toward a safer and healthier community.”

The Center for Prevention of Abuse provides prevention education programming in 105 schools and reaches about 30,000 students each year in the Peoria Area.

“Since 1993, CEFCU has been proud to support The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Janá Stevens, CEFCU Vice President of Marketing. “The Credit Union strongly believes in the life-changing work that takes place at The Center every day.  Their mission to help all people – women, men, and children – live free from violence and abuse, goes hand in hand with the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’  And, CEFCU is proud to partner with The Center for Prevention of Abuse in furthering their mission.”
All curriculum is comprehensive, age-appropriate and meets legislative requirements addressing child sexual abuse, social and emotional learning, bullying, teen dating violence, body safety, and general school safety concerns.

“The Center for Prevention of Abuse does an outstanding job in helping us meet this required State mandate, but more so is an additional layer to our Social and Emotional Learning team and the important work that our district is doing to provide needed resources to students and families,” said PPS Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat. “We are so thankful for businesses like CEFCU that understand and want to support this important work to make our community a better place to live, work and learn.”

For more information regarding Prevention Education programming and trainings, visit or call 309-691-0551.


Camille Yameen
The Center for Prevention of Abuse / 309.272.2904

About The Center for Prevention of Abuse
The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault and adult protective services. Annually, more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by The Center. The Center offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching out to about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, The Center lives out its mission which is to empower everyone – women, men and children – to live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about The Center, visit or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233).

With assets totaling almost $5.8 billion, CEFCU serves over 325,000 members through 22 central Illinois Member Centers and four Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website,; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.   

About Peoria Public Schools
During the 2016-2017 school year, Peoria Public Schools (PPS) served 13.265 students in 27 schools throughout Peoria and West Peoria, IL. More than 70% of students were from low-income households. In partnership with the community, PPS is working to grow a world class district that aligns curriculum with the highest standards, attracts and retains qualified staff, provides differentiated instruction, utilizes and teaches technology, offers more choices and options, develops personal education plans for each student, includes assessment and evaluation systems, and creates a universal structure of support to ensure each students success. For more information, visit

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