Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center Receives $5,000 Donation from Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids

Generous contribution will help fund local child sexual assault prevention initiative

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA (November 1, 2019) – Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 donation from the Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids to support the local prevention of child sexual assault. The generous contribution will be used to purchase 500 interactive training workbooks for the “Darkness to Light” Stewards of Children program offered by Mission Kids. The evidence-based initiative is meant to teach adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is the only nationally distributed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors.

“At the Hogs and Honeys Foundation for Kids, we understand the importance of training adults to recognize the signs of abuse as a step towards limiting child abuse in our county,” said Sheldon Simpson, President of the Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids. “In addition to our monetary support, we have also pledged to take the training ourselves and recommend the training to our other benefactors. It is our greatest hope that together we can help to keep Montgomery County children safe.”

Through interviews with child sexual abuse survivors, experts and treatment providers, the Stewards of Children program teaches adults practical actions they can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families and communities. The two-hour workshop utilizes videos and group discussions, as well as the interactive workbooks that Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids is helping to fund.

Leslie Slingsby, Executive Director of Mission Kids, is grateful for the support from the Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids, an organization that has been an integral partner for Mission Kids since its inception. “The Hogs & Honeys Foundation’s donation will help us ensure that community members have the resources they need to prevent child abuse,” said Slingsby. “They have always been a valued partner and their pledge to train their own volunteers demonstrates the organization’s full commitment to child sex abuse prevention in our community.”

The Stewards of Children program helps Mission Kids facilitate discussions among adults who live, work or spend time with children. According to Darkness to Light, when 5 percent of adults in a community take part in the training program, the local rate of child sexual abuse decreases over time. Thanks to support and donations from various sources, including the Hogs & Honeys Foundation, Mission Kids offers free “Darkness to Light” training. To learn more or schedule a training, contact Michelle McDyre at mmcdyre@missionskidscac.org or 484-687-2990.

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About Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center:
Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center was established in 2008 to develop and oversee a coordinated, multidisciplinary and comprehensive response to reports of suspected child sexual and physical abuse. It coordinates a team response to child abuse allegations with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, the 50 police departments in Montgomery County and the Pennsylvania State Police. By bringing the agents of major institutions that play a role in the response process together in one child-friendly, developmentally appropriate, respectful and safe environment, the Center strives to limit victim trauma. Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County is a nationally accredited, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by funding from generous public and private organizations and individuals.

 


About Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids:
Hogs & Honeys Foundation for Kids is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping the disadvantaged and abused children of Montgomery County. Our number one goal is to make a difference in the lives of children right here in our community by partnering with local benefactors and providing grants directly to children in need. Staffed with a team of unpaid, dedicated volunteers our private fundraising efforts, which include the annual Spring Fling and Christmas in July Toy Run, have allowed us to donate more than $350,000 to the underserved and disadvantaged children in Montgomery County. We currently support nine different organizations and have funded more than forty-five individual need requests. #ItsAllForTheKids


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Michelle McDyre

4 Dec 2019

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