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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

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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!

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

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

My Therapy dog Hope and I have been volunteering at CAC for about 4 years. We have loved every minute! The rewards have been life changing for us as well as the children.
I look forward to our future work with everyone at CAC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a child advocate for 40 years in many capacities including teen moms, teen dads, parent education, and I am very proud of the work that all non-profit agencies and their accomplishments. I'm not in Florida yet - I'm moving there in the next few months and after researching what would be a wonderful fit for CAC of SW FL. I am so excited for a new endeavor!!


Rae Worsham
rae.worsham@yahoo.com
10830 S Guthrie Ave.
Jenks, OK 74037

Tony33

Donor

Rating: 5

While time doesn't permit me to helpin a hands on manner I donate as much as I can. This donation of most anything usable goes directly to the welfare of the children.
The staff goes the extra mile to insure their well being .
I will continue to support this organisation now and in the future

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with the CAC after school program at Pine Manor. Clara, Katia, the supervisors, along with Val, the program director, are dedicated, compassionate women, always keeping the child in mind, and the child's needs first. The kids and I recently finished an art project and the finished Georgia O'Keefe's were beautiful. Talent abounds with these darling kids.

CAC is a nonprofit that honors and respects the needs of the child. I hope there will be an ever increasing awareness about the services that CAC provides to the community in Fort Myers area. Lynda Rizzio

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the oppurtunity to tour CAC and am so glad I did. Any organization that helps children is always close to my heart. The staff was knowlegeble and the center was bright and cheerful. I am most impressed with their process of getting the victim, counselor, law enforcement and physicians together, while limiting the negative effects on on already traumitized child. The work they do is amazing and they are a vital part of the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children's Advocacy Center is just incredible. In addition to the very necessary and expert service they provide, they are exceptionally well run. The Executive Director and staff are top notch and they have a very engaged and active board. This agency gets an A+

Donor

Rating: 5

I am with the ASG[ American Sewing Guild] Because they help so many kids and people in the community. They are a wonderful organization! Any help given to them is greatly appreciated and they let you know!!!

Linda272

Donor

Rating: 5

As a new business owner in the area I wanted to do a fundraiser for an organization that caters to the children of my community. After doing some research and speaking with several non-profits, I chose CAC because I felt they were a vital part of our community. They took as much time as I needed to answer my questions and give me a tour, not to mention help me organize and be a big part of the fundraiser. I was very impressed with how much everyone working there sincerely cared about what they do. I plan on keeping CAC a yearly event for as long as I can.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL makes a huge difference in our community each day and is an outstanding organization which we are happy to support. I would recommend anyone who is interested in making an impact on a child's life contact them for opportunities.

Miriam

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a professional child psychologist so am interested in charities that work with abused and neglected children, as this was part of my work experience. I found Children's Advocacy Center on Charity Navigator and sent an email expressing interest in their work. A couple of staff members gave me a personal tour and explained their mission. I was very impressed with the clinical work being done, and, in fact, after my visit made sure to include CAC in my estate planning so that they would receive a contribution when I die. We need the best services possible for children who have been abused, and CAC is providing those.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in selecting a charity for our community to sponsor and we chose CAC. I toured the facility and talked to the staff. I looked at the statistics on the need and their results. And I've seen how much Sheriff Scott's crew appreciates and utilizes CAC. They are incredibly caring and effective with barebones efficiency. I strongly support CAC.
John Wood
Estero