POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – (November 30, 2020) The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA) Executive Director, Kim Haight, announced today that the organization received a $50,000 matching challenge grant from an anonymous Dutchess County couple as well as local businesses and individuals including Guardian Self Storage, Hudson River Truck & Trailer, Hudson Valley Credit Union, Libby Funeral Home and Cremation Services, H.O. Penn Machinery, Inc., Jon and Jennifer Selander, Precision Pipeline Solutions, and Red Line Diner.
Starting December 1st, on Giving Tuesday, friends and supporters have the opportunity to double their donations in this special fundraising campaign. The funds raised will help children in crisis throughout the Hudson Valley who have been abused physically, psychologically or sexually, as well as prevent abuse of other children.
In Dutchess County, over 1,000 cases of child abuse are reported every year and it is estimated that six times as many cases go unreported.
“We have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of child abuse since COVID-19 hit our community. Whether it’s providing home visits, trauma therapy or bringing comfort to hundreds of children each year,” said Haight, “everything we do is made possible by our supporters.”
“Hudson Valley Credit Union is proud to be among those who support the good work CPCA does for children and families in our community. We encourage others to consider their ability to give – no matter how small” said Lisa Morris, Assistant Vice President Public Relations & Corporate Communications at Hudson Valley Credit Union.
By receiving $50,000 in donations and qualifying for the full dollar for dollar match, Rachel Johnson, Director of Development, says the effect would be profound on the children they serve. “This match is the largest in the history of our Giving Tuesday campaign and the need is so critical right now. We are grateful to the matching donors who have awarded us this opportunity.”
Donations made to CPCA on Giving Tuesday are eligible for matching, including contributions by mail, online and over the phone.
For more information, please visit thecpca.org/seasonofgiving or call 845-249-4873.
About the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is a private non-profit that has been dedicated to the reduction of child maltreatment since 1973. Each year, it serves approximately 20,000 children and provides support and education services to more than 3,000 adults. They are the only agency in Dutchess County providing sexual-abuse prevention training. Support services help abused children — and educate adults to prevent future abuse. For more information, visit TheCPCA.org.