Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children, and heal families, will participate in Giving Tuesday on December 1st. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
This year, Dee Norton is aiming to raise $10,000—or the cost of providing vital services to five children—the number they see on any given Tuesday during the pandemic. The organization has already secured a $5000 matching gift from an anonymous donor, so individuals’ donations will be doubled on this giving day until the campaign reaches its goal.
Dee Norton has continued to innovate its services throughout the pandemic as essential workers alongside first responders. The nonprofit has pivoted its resources, adding the use of telehealth and additional technology to provide the help children need today.
“The community’s support has allowed us to continue to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families now, even during this health crisis,” said Dr. Carole Swiecicki, Executive Director of Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. “This year, we hope to raise donations that would help the average amount of children we see on any given Tuesday.”
Dee Norton’s direct service providers continue to go into the office for essential emergency services. These include forensic interviews, child and family advocacy, and medical examinations (provided by MUSC’s Child Abuse Pediatrics Division) for children with imminent concerns for child abuse.
“We are relying on grants and generous donations from the community to help us modify our Center’s service delivery to include telehealth software and hardware not previously budgeted,” said Swiecicki. “Our participation in this annual day of giving will help us shine light on the heroes we work with and continue to provide much-needed services.”
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Primary services include forensic interviews, medical examinations and mental health assessments as well as immediate support and coordination. The center also provides evidence-based therapy to child victims and their families. For more information, visit www.deenortoncenter.org.