The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 4, 2014

Women's Center needs help to keep helping

DANVILLE — The nonprofit Women’s Center Inc. has been serving Columbia and Montour counties for more than 38 years, but cannot continue to do it alone, according to center officials.

They are seeking contributions for their annual campaign.

Money given goes directly to meeting the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

The center offers services at no cost to victims, their families and to the community.

Its mission is to provide quality support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and to provide leadership and guidance to the community in support of   efforts to eradicate this crime.

Donations can be made with a credit or debit card by visiting the center’s website at www.thewomenscenterinc.org and clicking on the donations tab in the how you can help section.

People can also pledge an amount to donate at a later date.

They can choose to contribute directly to a program.

Areas the public can support include the general support fund for all agency projects and initiatives.

Adult survivor programs include direct support to adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence including individual and group counseling programs.

Children’s programs include direct support for child survivors of domestic and sexual violence such as the Gateways Summer Day Camp and KiSS, or kids are so special, child and parent empowerment program.

The community education and outreach program directly supports all public education and outreach efforts including awareness and prevention education offerings.

A gift to shelter support helps provide necessary repairs to the shelter facility and to obtain critical supplies for the practical support of victims and their families in the shelter.

The Harding Legal Fund, formed in 2009 in honor of Elwood R. Harding Jr. and Dolores Harding, is available to provide additional legal assistance to domestic and sexual violence victims.

Turning to the Animal Resource Center which provides shelter for homeless, abused and neglected domestic animals, an annual yard sale will be held from June through September to benefit the center. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays next to the Cinema Center, Route 11, Bloomsburg.

Volunteers are needed. Call Shirley at 570-275-2313. Items can be dropped off seven days a week for the sale.

Volunteers are also needed to help with cats and dogs at the center’s shelter and to bake and assist at events. For information, call 570-784-3669.

To see animals available for adoption visit NoKillARC.org-PetFinder.com or visit the ARC Facebook page.

Email comments to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com.

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