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Childrens Advocacy Center of SW Florida Inc

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Causes: Human Services, Victims Services

Mission: To improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect.

Target demographics: children who have been physically or sexually abused, or are at-risk of physical or sexual abuse and neglect

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,000 children and their families in Lee, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte Counties

Geographic areas served: Lee, Glades, Charlotte and Hendry Counties

Programs: Child Protection Team/Medical Services, Family Alliance Therapy, Parenting Education, Pine Manor After-School/Summer Program and East United Way House. All services and programs are free of charge.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The management at this organization makes all the difference in caring for and helping children who have been placed in contact with them due to unusual, stressful scenarios, that was no fault of the child. The staff goes the extra mile to comfort and soothe a child in an extraordinary emotional time in their life.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer at PIne Manor, I really enjoyed my experience and time with everyone there> With all that is going on in the world, it is good to know that there is somewhere for kids to go and be around their peers and also stay out of trouble. The kids were a pleasure and I am sad my time is coming to an end due to graduation :(

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is heartwarming to see your donation put to good use! I volunteer at Pine Manor, an after school program for neighborhood kids, where kids are supervised by wonderful and caring staff. Kids have to work on their assignments, they can interact with and read to a therapy dog, there is plenty of time for games and outside play - all made possible by donors like you, thank you!
I also spend time at the Center on Evans where parents seek help and support for their kids. Kids will find toys, puppies, and therapy dogs in the lobby and during sessions to help them relax. The staff is kind and supportive, understanding the fragile state of these youngsters. None of this would be possible without your support, you are making a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Viki Luster and I am a member of the Kiwanis Club that Lisa belong to, she shares with us the amazing things that her organization is doing to help children. Without this knowledge we would have never know about or been able to be a part of helping. Our club supports their mission with not only monetary help but we attend their events, gather items for the school age children, donate stuff animals for the little ones. We believe that this is a most amazing important non for profit many in our area would suffer without the help of the dedicated staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a sponsor representative, I helped participate in a program for the children during the holidays. The Children's Advocacy Center offers a great place for children to go and have a positive experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

The people at the Children's Advocacy Center really care about the families they help. They are passionate about giving assistance to needy families, and make it so easy and rewarding for me to drop off all manner of household goods, clothing or school supplies, noting that their is so much need. Cheers for your work and compassion.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for several years and this is a vital service to our community. This organization does a tremendous job with our local youth. They also keep the community updated on their efforts and programs. All Donations stay local which is what I look for when donating to an organization. Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL plays a vital role in our community protecting vulnerable children and providing preventative services to families. They are also key players in connecting community resources and building a strong network for professionals and citizens of SWFL. As a local business we wanted to help support a local organization that we felt was making a difference in our community. The Children's Advocacy Center of SW Florida is a fountain of refreshing waters. The center allows individuals to feel whole even if they are coming from a tragedy. A center that can go from an experience that causes hardship to a success that feels like accomplishment is one that is community centered and people focused. We are proud to count Lisa Rizzio, CAC Development Director, among its members.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for several years and this is a vital service to our community. They may not get the notoriety of the national charities but the work they do is vital and its for our friends and neighbors. This is as local and as important work as you'll find. They deserve our support.

Supporting CAC is supporting victims who you will never see but who will be impacted for life by your generosity.

Gareth H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kiwanis Club of Ft. Myers/Gateway to the Islands is proud to count Lisa Rizzio, CAC Development Director, among its members. Lisa is editor of the club's newsletter and has taken it to a level not heretofore seen. Our club has established a close relationship with CAC and supports it through donations of cash and goods. It has been my privilege to visit CAC on a couple of occasions. IMPRESSIVE is the word that first comes to mind--a very special place with a challenging mission that it fulfills extraordinarily well.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAC mission of treat kids believed to have been physically or sexually abused or to be at-risk of such abuse, and a provide a safe place for them to come and be heard is the focus everyday with their staff and leadership team. I am amazed at the programs that range from after school programs to pet therapy. The love and care that they give to so many children is felt across the agency and our community. Truly an amazing agency

Marty Shavon P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Children's Advocacy Center of SW Florida is a fountain of refreshing waters. The center allows individuals to feel whole even if they are coming from a tragedy. A center that can go from an experience that causes hardship to a success that feels like accomplishment is one that is community centered and people focused. From the minute that you walk through the door you feel the warmth that CAC offers. Being intentional about your focus means that you make an effort for others and that is exactly what CAC does.

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love everything about CAC, from the mission of the center, to the staff to the thousands of families they help every year -- Thank you! I sincerely believe that our community wouldn't be the same without CAC and their affiliates. Thank you for helping everyone that comes through your doors, you are making a difference in SWFL.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a local business we wanted to help support a local organization that we felt was making a difference in our community . At Christmas we typically give our customers a token of our appreciation for their support . This year we changed it up and decided to take that money and find a local organization needing help. We first read about CACSWFL thru the local United Way website. There are a ton of great organizations and it was tough to choose, but supporting children was sort of a "no brainer". A group of us went over to tour the center on Evans and were really kind of blown away by the staff's dedication and these kids courage . We were happy to help them purchase their van and brought over clothing to help restock the kids closet . The CAC is doing good things ,we were happy and very proud to help them.

Jill88

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAC of SWFL plays a vital role in our community protecting vulnerable children and providing preventative services to families. They are also key players in connecting community resources and building a strong network for professionals and citizens of SWFL.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does and tremendous job with our local youth. They also keep the community updated on their efforts and programs. All Donations stay local which is what I look for when donating to an organization.

Donna246

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with my Great Pyrenees Sally gives children and adults a chance to relax. Therapy dogs provide unconditional love, and judgement free quality time, thus support communication. Reading to Sally is a fabulous way to facilitate learning while children have fun in a safe environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ginger (3 year-old Welsh Terrier) and I have recently become part of the Pet Therapy program at Childrens Advocacy Center of SW Florida. We interact with children in the lobby as well as participate in individual therapy. From my earliest interaction with CAC, I was taken by the client-centered focus on the part of everyone as they care for young people at times of stress and trauma. Ginger and I feel privileged to be part of such a high impact and caring organization. I encourage everyone to take a deeper look at CAC to find ways to be of support.

joycenarch

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with the pet Therapy program I want to say what a wonderful agency it is. I sit outside in the lobby with a puppy and greet the people's when they come in. Seeing them go into therapy and the happy faces when they come out after several visits is awesome. This is a wonderful agency and the people who work there are great, kind and caring, I highly recommend this agency to all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer in the Pet Therapy program at the Children's Advocacy Center for 6 months and really appreciate the warm caring staff. When children and families come into the lobby for their appointments their faces light up at the sight of a cute tail-waggin' puppy. They relax and love to watch and pet it, and their smiles and happiness make my day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chloe (a dalmatian therapy dog) and I have been volunteering at Childrens Adovcacy Center since last year and are so very impressed with the staff, facility and resources. We sit in on therapy sessions and work with the outreach community reading program.

CAC is a wonderful asset to our community!