The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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.