The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

September 4, 2013

AEP Foundation presents $25,000 to Just For Kids

American Electric Power Foundation gave a $25,000 grant to the Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center Tuesday.

David Langford, AEP manager, made the presentation to  Scott Miller, executive director, and Manon Wheeler, board president of Just For Kids Inc. Child Advocacy Center  in the Just For Kids office in the United Bank Building in Uptown Beckley.

“American Electric Power Foundation shares the vision with Just For Kids of providing basic human services in the areas of health and safety. This foundation grant of $25,000 will support our work in Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming Counties with a focus on providing the infrastructure to continue our work in Wyoming County,”  Miller said.

AEP supports the Just for Kids mission to create a safe community for children and families by preventing and responding to child abuse through teamwork, collaboration and service. The ability to be accessible and available during times of crisis is an important role for every child advocacy center. When a child is abused, the sooner a child-friendly interview can be conducted, the more likely the trauma that child experiences will be reduced.  

As Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center builds supports and services in Wyoming County, this grant will assure that staff will be available as needed to conduct interviews, meet with families and provide counseling to children who have disclosed abuse. Funds will be used to cover travel expenses, a percentage of staff salaries and to help in covering health insurance costs.

“The AEP Foundation grant is one important part of the public/private partnership that is needed for Just For Kids to succeed. Just For Kids provides all of our services free of charge to the community. Federal, State and local governmental support provides close to 50 percent of the operational budget.  Foundation grants, fundraisers and individual and business donations are an integral part of keeping our doors open,”  Wheeler, president of the Board of Directors of Just For Kids added.

Child Advocacy Center’s across West Virginia support EVERY family in the state. One in four girls and one in six boys under the age of 18 will be sexually abused. As CAC’s take firm root in the community, the goal is to reduce the trauma that children experience when they experience this abuse. Organizations like American Electric Power Foundation are making a difference for all the children of West Virginia.  

Miller, Wheeler and all the staff of Just For Kids commended the  AEP foundation along with all the many other donors for providing the financial resources necessary to maintain the vital services to the children in our community.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Manchin says mines should speak out about coal

    The Democratic senator leading the battle against the White House’s strategy to fight climate change urged the mining industry on Tuesday to speak out about coal’s role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the country to help combat strict new emissions rules for coal-fired power plants.

    April 16, 2014

  • Raleigh’s $19.6 million budget approved at special meeting

    Raleigh County’s $19.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 is on the books. The budget and the levy rate were approved at a special county commission meeting Tuesday morning.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rainelle Town Council pulls plans to annex roads

    Residents of several communities in Greenbrier County can rest assured they won’t be affected by a proposed road annexation after Rainelle Town Council decided not to move forward with the plan.

    April 16, 2014

  • Calendar — Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    April 16, 2014

  • City and county code enforcement offices separate

    After 10 years of partnership, the City of Beckley and the Raleigh County Code Enforcement offices have decided to part ways.
    Mayor Bill O’Brien said after several meetings with county commissioners, the groups decided to separate.

    April 16, 2014

  • Learn about advance directives at RGH

    Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day and personnel will be available at Raleigh General Hospital from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to anyone interested in learning more about advance directives or who are ready to prepare them at no cost.

    April 16, 2014

  • Greenbrier Valley Famer’s market to open

    The Greenbrier Valley Farmers Market will be opening for the 2014 season Saturday at its “green space” on the corner of Arbuckle Lane and U.S. 219 in downtown Lewisburg.

    April 16, 2014

  • Oak Hill council discusses vacant buildings

    Oak Hill City Council met in regular session Monday to talk ordinance adoption and smoking issues reported in Oak Hill City Park, which was an issue recently raised to Oak Hill City Manager Bill Hannabass.

    April 16, 2014

  • Beckley’s emergency preparedness efforts still ongoing

    Although the City of Beckley Director of Emergency Services position was eliminated two months ago, the county is continuing Kevin Taylor’s emergency preparedness efforts.

    April 16, 2014

  • Old GHS building may get new life

    A Ronceverte school building that was shuttered by consolidation in 1992 may find new life as apartments for senior citizens, if plans floated by a Kentucky development firm come to fruition.

    April 16, 2014

AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide