LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., December 27, 2018 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 Lauren Hill Make A Difference Grant to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana (CAC) to help minimize the trauma suffered by young victims of child abuse.

As a part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, DCF is awarding 20 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2018. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members is recommending a grant. Five lucky attendees at DCF’s 20th Anniversary Dinner in late July also were randomly drawn to recommend a $1,000 grant.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board President Kevin Schafer, right, delivers a $1,000 grant check to Kelly Bridges, Associate Director/Forensic Interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana. The DCF grant monies are helping to help minimize the trauma suffered by young victims of child abuse.

The $1,000 grant to the Children’s Advocacy Center was recommended by DCF Board President Kevin Schafer of Lawrenceburg. The mission of the CAC, located in Dillsboro, is to be a child-friendly nonprofit corporation created to minimize the trauma suffered by young victims of child abuse. The center is designed to use a multidisciplinary team approach, which facilitates the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse.

Schafer says attending the CAC’s Mardi Gras fundraising event last year led him to recommend the grant to the organization. “I better understand the need in our community that is often under the radar of those whose lives have not been impacted by child abuse,” he said. “After learning that the CAC has been engaged in over 3,900 child abuse cases in Southeastern Indiana, I am honored to recommend the grant to provide aid to their work.”

Shafer also said his hope is the DCF grant will provide additional community awareness of the work of the CAC and will help the organization fulfill its mission. “I have confidence in the Children’s Advocacy Center and I believe the organization is a strong piece of the continued effort by many in our community to help ensure Southeastern Indiana is a wonderful place to raise a family.”

For 20 years, DCF, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, has helped donors’ dreams come true by safeguarding endowments for the community through contributions large and small. Grants awarded by the Dearborn Community Foundation support the needs and interests in Dearborn County in the fields of Art, Culture and Humanities, Community and Public Benefit, Education, Environment and Animal Protection, Human Services, Public Safety and Youth Programs.

In January 2009, DCF received the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability: the seal of approval from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program operated by the Council on Foundations (COF), a national professional association based in Washington, D.C. DCF was reconfirmed for the National Standards by the COF in 2014.

To learn more about DCF, call 812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at www.dearborncf.org. If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn other giving options.