Philanthropy and Abused Children, Staff Spotlight: Alicia Meyer, Thanks for Giving: A Photo Collage, Kiwanis Events for The Tree House, Tree House Tour de Cookie Gift Certificates, Rockville Rewards cards for sale
Abuse Victims May Hide, But Philanthropy Shouldn't
Perhaps you donate because you were abused.
Perhaps you donate because someone you know was abused.
Perhaps you donate because you are horrified by the stories you hear in the news. Perhaps you have not donated, yet.
You think, "I can help a child." You are right.
Over the summer, Tamara Copeland, President of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, wrote an article "Has Philanthropy Forgotten Abused Children?" In it she describes the helplessness she felt while witnessing an incident of child abuse, the severity of the impact of child abuse, and the surprisingly low levels at which child abuse causes are supported by her organization's members.
It's not just grant makers who neglect organizations that assist abused children. It's the public at large. According to Charity Navigator, in 2014 approximately 12% of donations were given to Human Services organizations. These organizations provide networks of direct services to people in need. They feed our hungry, strengthen our communities, shelter our homeless, care for our elderly, and nurture our young. Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are just a small portion of these organizations, and yet, throughout the country last year they assisted 315,806 children. To put this in perspective, imagine if every child in the Montgomery County School system suffered abuse and needed the help of a CAC...now double it.
So why do so few give to organizations that help so many child abuse victims?
It could be that child abuse is so disturbing that most people prefer to close their minds to the possibility that this could ever happen. Still, we know it does, and more often than many realize. One in 4 girls and one in 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse by the age of 18. Yet, we tend to only recognize that abuse occurs when a shocking story blows up in the news. Then we forget again. Out of sight, out of mind.
Abused children cannot be revealed to the public due to confidentiality concerns. Charities that cure diseases can show you those who have been healed. Those that grant wishes can show children's joyous smiles. We can't show you the children we help, but we can tell you that last year The Tree House helped over 700 children. We can tell their stories without showing their faces, stories of the trauma they have experienced, stories that have often been met with disbelief...until they come to us. Even as we set them on their way to recovery and healing, we must remain non-specific in telling about their successes. It's a tightrope we walk every day.
So, as Thanksgiving approaches consider this: You have the power to help a child rise above their abuse and lead a happy life. Instead of ignoring the problem, help us solve the problem. Remember The Tree House on #GivingTuesday or as you give your end-of-year donations. Then, this Thursday, as you give thanks, you will know that a child will also be giving thanks...to you.
Staff Spotlight Third in a Series
Alicia Meyer, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Mental Health Director
Alicia Meyer is our Mental Health Director and a licensed psychologist who has devoted the last 10+ years of her education and career to the health and well-being of children, families, and trauma survivors. She graduated with honors from Brown University and was promptly accepted into a competitive graduate program in Washington, DC. She began to specialize in issues related to family violence and has published peer reviewed articles on this topic. To complete her graduate education, Dr. Meyer was accepted into the internship program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), an organization that is internationally recognized as experts and leaders in the field of trauma psychology. Inspired by the work she completed at MUSC, Dr. Meyer then devoted her post-doctoral training and subsequent career to the area of child abuse and its related branches, including parenting and family transitions/reunification, in which she is now considered a clinical and forensic expert.
When asked why she decided to work at The Tree House she replied, "I fell in love with the CAC model and I wanted to continue the mission to work as a team across disciplines and help bring desperately needed evidence-based treatments (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to the children and families of Montgomery County."
The Montgomery Village Kiwanis Club is working fast and furious for the children seen at The Tree House. They are having a Wine Tasting and Sale to raise funds for us AND they are selling The Official White House Ornaments, also to benefit The Tree House. We simply cannot say how grateful we are for their help!
To order ornaments (just $25) call Janet Lugenbeel at 301-530-1161.
To RSVP to the Wine Event email Arlene Hale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that your favorite cookie-eating biker would love a gift of A Tree House Tour de Cookie Registration!
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We still have Rockville Rewards cards for sale!
For $25 you can save money at area businesses AND help The Tree House continue it's work. 100% of the proceeds from our card sales go to The Tree House.