Oc­to­ber 11 Ra­dio­thon is part of the com­mu­nity legacy

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Malinda Wil­liams Malinda Wil­liams is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Against Vi­o­lence Inc., which of­fers free con­fi­den­tial sup­port and as­sis­tance for adult and child sur­vivors of sex­ual and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, dat­ing vi­o­lence and stalk­ing; com­mu­nity

Next week, Com­mu­nity Against Vi­o­lence will hold its 16th An­nual Ra­dio­thon on KTAOS 101.9 FM ra­dio sta­tion on Thurs­day (Oct. 11) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is an ex­cit­ing day­long event where lis­ten­ers can hear peo­ple and busi­nesses com­ing to­gether, build­ing the com­mu­nity legacy of mak­ing CAV’s crit­i­cal ser­vices avail­able to chil­dren and adults who need them.

As many of you know, for over 40 years CAV has worked in part­ner­ship with our com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­nesses to pro­vide

24-hour cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices, preven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming, and sup­port and re­cov­ery ser­vices ev­ery day of the year. Our North­ern New Mex­ico com­mu­ni­ties have many fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als who have ex­pe­ri­enced the trauma of sex­ual as­sault, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and child abuse.

You can help make sure they have the ser­vices they need.

With com­mu­nity sup­port, we are in­creas­ing our preven­tion and early in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams this year. They are key to de­creas­ing vi­o­lence and im­prov­ing out­comes for chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. We all want our chil­dren to have safe homes and com­mu­ni­ties.

Ev­ery year the num­ber of peo­ple ac­cess­ing CAV’s ser­vices has in­creased: calls to our hot­line, the num­ber of chil­dren and adults we house in com­mu­nity-based tran­si­tional hous­ing or our

24-hour emer­gency shel­ter, and the spe­cial­ized sup­port ser­vices we pro­vide for chil­dren and adults.

Dur­ing the 12 hours of Ra­dio­thon, CAV re­ceives most of our com­mu­nity-based fi­nan­cial do­na­tions needed to help fill fund­ing gaps for these im­por­tant pro­grams. To gauge com­mu­nity sup­port, our fun­ders can see the num­ber of peo­ple who took the time to give, in ev­ery amount, large or small

Each $1 do­nated helps CAV raise an ad­di­tional $10 in grant fund­ing. The com­mu­nity sup­port and sto­ries call­ers share give hope to sur­vivors and in­spires CAV work­ers, vol­un­teers and other lis­ten­ers.

That hope and in­spi­ra­tion works won­ders in our com­mu­nity: Ad­vo­cates staff the hot­line and shel­ter all day, ev­ery day. When some­one needs help in the mid­dle of the night, CAV staff are avail­able. They ac­com­pany peo­ple for free and con­fi­den­tial sex­ual as­sault med­i­cal care. Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter staff fre­quently meet law en­force­ment and child pro­tec­tion work­ers on week­ends to in­ter­view chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble adults about abuse sit­u­a­tions to help the sys­tem pro­tect them.

Be­cause of your sup­port, CAV pro­vided ser­vices to over 800 women, men, and chil­dren this past year.

• 24-Hour hot­line and emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion ser­vices (575-758-9888);

• Emer­gency shel­ter and tran­si­tional hous­ing;

• Emer­gency food boxes;

• Le­gal ad­vo­cacy and limited le­gal ser­vices;

• In­di­vid­ual and group coun­sel­ing, par­ent­ing skill-build­ing;

• Ad­vo­cacy and case man­age­ment;

• Preven­tion ed­u­ca­tion to schools, faith com­mu­ni­ties, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups;

• Chil­dren’s Ad­vo­cacy Cen­ter for chil­dren and vul­ner­a­ble adults (in the seven coun­ties of north cen­tral New Mex­ico);

• CHANGES Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Of­fender Re-Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram, for self-re­ferred and court-or­dered par­tic­i­pants;

• CAV Thrift Store pro­vid­ing sur­vivors with house­hold and cloth­ing items (pro­ceeds help sup­port ser­vices); and,

• Re­fer­rals and re­source in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic.

We need you. Con­sider mak­ing a one-time do­na­tion or monthly pledges. Join us at KTAOS ra­dio sta­tion or lis­ten on 101.9 FM from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Or, call on air (575) 758- 8882 and share why sup­port­ing CAV is im­por­tant to you, your busi­ness or your fam­ily.

We love hav­ing kids stop by with their change jars too. Do­na­tions are also ac­cepted by call­ing CAV at (575)758-8082, on­line at TaosCAV.org, or at CAV’s Thrift Store (1103 Paseo del Pue­blo Sur, across from Al­sup’s). To­gether we are cre­at­ing a safer com­mu­nity.

File photo

Malinda Wil­liams, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Against Vi­o­lence Inc. pic­tured in a client’s room at the shel­ter in 2015.

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