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“Ready. Set. Give.” is a seven-part series that helps companies create a culture of giving. “Well, a simple idea is for a company to do something like ‘blue jeans day,’ which allows employees to dress down and then the donations go to the charity of their choice. It’s really an easy way to get involved without taking a lot of time,” says Linda Saturno, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center. The CAC is dedicated to insuring that every child grows up in a safe environment, working with law enforcement, the Children’s Division, and the Office of Juvenile Justice in their child abuse investigation. People can volunteer at fundraisers or help with maintenance. They also need professional volunteers in medical, accounting and legal fields. This is sponsored content.
- Developing a company culture of community involvement takes a lot of creativity. Hi, I'm Tracy Barnas from Arvest Bank and this is Linda Saturno from the Child Advocacy Center. We're going to share a few ways you can start giving back. Linda, what suggestions do you have that can help a company encourage employees to give back?
- Well a simple idea is for a company to do something like blue jeans day which allows employees to dress down and then the donations go to the charity of their choice. It's really an easy way to get involved without taking a lot of time.
- Absolutely. Linda, keeping it simple is always good. Now tell us more specifically about the Child Advocacy Center.
- We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a safe environment and our goal is to end the abuse suffered of every child who walks through our door. With every decision we make, we put the needs of the child first. We work with investigative team that's made up of the Children's Division, law enforcement, the Office of Juvenile Justice, to support that child abuse investigation and, sometimes, that investigation may lead toward prosecution. The Child Advocacy Center is a place where children can feel safe talking about difficult and frightening experiences.
- What an important service. So how can a company work with employees to get involved?
- You can volunteer to serve at one of our monthly meetings with our investigative partners, or there are also other volunteer opportunities like at our large fundraisers that occur several times a year. We also always need help with facility maintenance, upkeep, and office administrative support.
- Those are great ways that any of us can help. But you have a need for professional volunteers as well. Tell us a little bit about that.
- Yeah, due to the nature of our work, we also can leverage professional volunteers such as medical professionals, accounting professionals, attorneys, and paralegals.
- For some companies, fundraising might be a good fit. How can companies for individuals help out financially?
- The cost to serve one child at the CAC is about $1200 and last year we served 1600 children. So the need is great. No gift is too large or too small. And if you're able to donate $100 or more, we have tax credits that we can offer of up to 50% of the donation.
- Thanks, Linda. If you'd like to get involved with the Child Advocacy Center visit childadvocacycenter.org.
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