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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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel so fortunate to have been chosen as a “lobby greeter/ puppy chaperone” in 2016. Despite the fact that children and families are coming to CAC during a stressful time in their lives, I have witnessed so much joy here. Almost every child (and many adults) who come in with any apprehension immediately brighten when they spot the puppy. Our four-legged volunteers from Gulf Coast Humane Society are the greatest icebreakers! People stop staring at their cell phones and start watching the puppy, smiling, asking questions, and engaging in dog talk. I get to hear about their animal friends at home, and about pets they have loved and lost. It is so rewarding to play a small role in a puppy’s socialization and training. Sometimes the little one’s visit to CAC is its first time away from its mother and littermates. In addition to the puppies, I have met some of the most amazing therapy dogs and their human partners, who work in individual therapy sessions, literacy programs, and dependency court. So much good work is being done by the ever growing team of four-legged volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sweetpea and I have been coming for several months. The families in the waiting area and the client enjoy loving on her. It’s nice knowing that Sweetpea brings some joy to their lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, I've been impressed with the dedication of the staff and volunteers. This mission is critical to help heal abused children and give them a chance to recover. The coordinated response to child abuse performed by this agency is worth our community support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a greeter in the lobby and have been doing this for over two years. What a joy it is to see the faces of the kids of all ages light up when they see a puppy in the lobby. It also helps the parents and guardians of the children and they start talking to the greeter or each other. Many of our beautiful puppies have been adopted by the staff and volunteers and also the parents who come in. It’s a 2 way win for the dogs from the Humane society and for the Therapists and staff. I have seen many of the children fulfill their therapy and skip out happy. In the time I have been there the program has grown and so many volunteers with service dogs have been added to the program. I can’t say enough good things about this program and CAC. One of the dogs who I adopted. What a wonderful agency this is for helping all walks of life. I’m proud to say I’m a small part of it.

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great things, staffed and run by people who are really dedicated to helping people and making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ginger (now my 5 years-old Welsh Terrier) and I continue to be 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 and in support of other United Way agencies ...all professionally coordinated by CAC!. 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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I was fortunate enough to find the Children's Advocacy Center as an adult survivor. The caring and compassion that all of the staff impart to every client that walks through the doors helps to heal the wounds that most people can't imagine. I was so impressed with the organization that when my therapy dogs were certified, we began volunteering to help the kids that were assigned a therapist. Three years later, and I'm now a proud part of the organization and leading their volunteer teams of therapy dogs and handlers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAC is a warm and welcoming place. I am blessed to have been able to volunteer with my therapy dog Zoe . She responds to each client in a different way- seeming to know exactly what they need- and is rewarded with smiles and hugs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My therapy dog Hope and I have been volunteering at CAC for almost 6 years.
Hope has assisted lots of children on their therapy journey.
There is nothing more rewarding than helping a broken child heal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chloe and I have been pet therapy volunteers with Childrens Advocacy Center since 2014. I am so impressed with the program and all that it does for children in our community. CAC fills a much needed role!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with the Pet Therapy Program handling a puppy in the lobby. The puppy and I greet people who come in the door and i enjoy seeing their faces light up. Both children and adults like petting the puppy and I can see them relax and smile when they share their stories about their pets. It's a stress reducer for the families and is also good socialization for the puppies.

The staff members at the CAC are very warm and caring and they make it a rewarding environment for families and volunteering.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Cynthia Shafer and for the last 10 years I have volunteered to help serve Thanksgiving dinner to 160 plus families at Pine Manor. The staff at Child Advocacy help, the kids make decorations fot the tables and the residences make dishes native to tbem. Its truly amazing and thanks is given by all

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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.