For three days, 40 Boy Scouts will be volunteering at Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center’s Oak Hill office.
Executive Director Scott Miller said the volunteers will landscape the house Just For Kids purchased last year as a child-friendly space to work with children who are victims of criminal child abuse.
The Scouts will also help clean up an old fence, paint an outbuilding, create a better drainage system for the driveway and spruce up the house.
“Creating a safe, friendly and welcoming facility for children to be able to tell their stories is so important in reducing the trauma for the children Just For Kids serves,” Miller said. “The organization relies on volunteers to make the program shine in the community.”
Just For Kids purchased the foreclosed property in Oak Hill one year ago. The organization spent seven months renovating the fire-damaged, abandoned house, located on Jones Avenue.
Miller said Just For Kids has received support from the City of Oak Hill, Fayette County Commission, the Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Oak Hill City Police and many other businesses and individuals.
Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center serves all the families of Raleigh, Fayette and Wyoming counties. Their mission is to create a safe community for children and families by preventing and responding to child abuse through teamwork, collaboration, and services.
In addition to interviewing children who have been alleged victims of child abuse, Just For Kids offers advocacy to the children and families, counseling to children who disclose abuse and prevention and awareness training to the communities they serve.
For more information, call 304-255-4834 or visit jfkwv.com.