JAMESTOWN – Educators in the Jamestown community are giving back to a local origination that helps victims of child abuse.
The Jamestown Teachers’ Association has donated $1,000 to the Child Advocacy Program in Chautauqua County.
“We chose this outstanding organization because of the resources, support, comfort and intervention they provide to our students and families,” said JTA President Stephanie Sardi in a statement.
The Child Advocacy Program’s mission is to end child abuse in Chautauqua County. When abuse occurs, CAP coordinates a community response to bring healing, hope and justice to these children and families.
The program is a safe, child-friendly center that supports a multi-disciplinary investigative approach to child physical and sexual abuse allegations.
The center brings together agencies in one child-friendly setting that is physically and psychologically safe.
In doing this, they reduce unnecessary duplication of interviews thereby lessening the trauma experienced by child victims and non-offending family members and holding individuals accountable for their victimization of children.
“Although 2020 was a different year for CAP, we never ceased operations and providing services for abused children and their families,” said Beth Oakes, CAP Executive Director. “We are so thankful for community organizations like the Jamestown Teachers Association who recognize the need for the services we provide and continue to support our work.”
In addition to the donation, last spring, the group of educators created an online fundraiser collecting over $2,500 to donate lunches to first responders and other essential staff around the city.