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October 11 Radiothon is part of the community legacy

By Malinda Williams
For The Taos News
Posted 10/3/18

Community Against Violence will hold its 16th Annual Radiothon on KTAOS 101.9 FM radio station on Thursday (Oct. 11) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is an exciting daylong event where listeners …

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October 11 Radiothon is part of the community legacy

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Community Against Violence will hold its 16th Annual Radiothon on KTAOS 101.9 FM radio station on Thursday (Oct. 11) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is an exciting daylong event where listeners can hear people and businesses coming together, building the community legacy of making CAV's critical services available to children and adults who need them.

As many of you know, for over 40 years CAV has worked in partnership with our community members and businesses to provide 24-hour crisis intervention services, prevention and education programming, and support and recovery services every day of the year. Our Northern New Mexico communities have many families and individuals who have experienced the trauma of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

You can help make sure they have the services they need.

With community support, we are increasing our prevention and early intervention programs this year. They are key to decreasing violence and improving outcomes for children and future generations. We all want our children to have safe homes and communities.

Every year the number of people accessing CAV's services has increased: calls to our hotline, the number of children and adults we house in community-based transitional housing or our 24-hour emergency shelter, and the specialized support services we provide for children and adults.

During the 12 hours of Radiothon, CAV receives most of our community-based financial donations needed to help fill funding gaps for these important programs. To gauge community support, our funders can see the number of people who took the time to give, in every amount, large or small

Each $1 donated helps CAV raise an additional $10 in grant funding. The community support and stories callers share give hope to survivors and inspires CAV workers, volunteers and other listeners.

That hope and inspiration works wonders in our community: Advocates staff the hotline and shelter all day, every day. When someone needs help in the middle of the night, CAV staff are available. They accompany people for free and confidential sexual assault medical care. Children's Advocacy Center staff frequently meet law enforcement and child protection workers on weekends to interview children and vulnerable adults about abuse situations to help the system protect them.

Because of your support, CAV provided services to over 800 women, men, and children this past year.

• 24-Hour hotline and emergency intervention services (575-758-9888);

• Emergency shelter and transitional housing;

• Emergency food boxes;

• Legal advocacy and limited legal services;

• Individual and group counseling, parenting skill-building;

• Advocacy and case management;

• Prevention education to schools, faith communities, businesses and community groups;

• Children's Advocacy Center for children and vulnerable adults (in the seven counties of north central New Mexico);

• CHANGES Domestic Violence Offender Re-Education Program, for self-referred and court-ordered participants;

• CAV Thrift Store providing survivors with household and clothing items (proceeds help support services); and,

• Referrals and resource information to the public.

We need you. Consider making a one-time donation or monthly pledges. Join us at KTAOS radio station or listen on 101.9 FM from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Or, call on air (575) 758- 8882 and share why supporting CAV is important to you, your business or your family.

We love having kids stop by with their change jars too. Donations are also accepted by calling CAV at (575)758-8082, online at TaosCAV.org, or at CAV's Thrift Store (1103 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, across from Alsup's). Together we are creating a safer community.

Malinda Williams is the executive director of Community Against Violence Inc., which offers free confidential support and assistance for adult and child survivors of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; community and school violence prevention programs; re-education BIP groups for domestic violence offenders; counseling; shelter; transitional housing; and community thrift store. To talk with someone or get information on services available, call CAV's 24- hour crisis line at (575) 758- 9888. TaosCAV.org

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