JOLIET – The Naperville Exchange Club recently gave the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center a $5,000 grant to assist in the fight against child sexual abuse.
Scot Warren, president of the Naperville Exchange Club, presented the grant to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow during the February meeting of the Will County Board.
The grant will enable the center’s professionally trained staff to continue interviewing children who are the victims of sexual abuse. Their statements, which are recorded in a non-suggestive, non-threatening environment, have been used in the successful prosecution of literally hundreds of sexual predators in Will, Grundy and Kendall counties over the past decade.
Glasgow, who established the Children’s Advocacy Center in 1995, thanked Warren and his fellow Exchange Club members for a generous contribution that will allow the staff to continue protecting children. The center is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization that relies solely on grants, local funding, foundations and fundraisers to operate.
“I greatly appreciate the Naperville Exchange Club’s support for the important work conducted by the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center,” Glasgow said. “Since the center’s formation in 1995, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of convictions against dangerous sexual predators. This funding will enable the center to continue its crucial mission.”
Sue Bloch, the center’s executive director, attended the Naperville Exchange Club’s Annual Allocation Luncheon on Feb. 16.
“The Children’s Advocacy Center provides services that are critical to the investigation and prosecution of extremely sensitive criminal cases,” Bloch said. “Financial support from community organizations like the Naperville Exchange Club is essential if we are to continue providing these services.”
For more information, contact The Will County Children’s Advocacy Center at (815) 774-4565, or visit the Web site at www.willcountychildadvocacy.com.