Poshard Foundation distributes $70,000 to 28 agencies serving children in region | News
CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - With a goal of stamping out child abuse in Southern Illinois, Jo Poshard distributed $70,000 Tuesday at John A. Logan College to 28 different agencies in the region that serve children’s needs.
“This year we were able to give out $70,000 to 28 agencies and we’re very excited about that,” said Jo Poshard with the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children. “We would like to make it much more, but we know that they will use this money to plug the gaps and help create that safety net for the children.”
Poshard is the co-founder of the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, whose home base is the college. The monies were raised last fall at the foundation’s main fundraiser.
“Our mission is to help abused, neglected and abandoned children here in Southern Illinois,” Poshard said. “Our organization does not receive any state or federal funds to operate. We attempt to provide services and goods that area agencies can’t afford to provide.”
Poshard said additional beds remain the No. 1 request from social workers handling child abuse cases.
“Children who have been victimized are often found sleeping on couches, patio cushions, or even the floor,” Poshard said. “And that just breaks my heart. That’s why this June our foundation is launching a ‘Beds for Kids’ campaign in an effort to raise the consciousness of this terrible problem. We must continue the good fight because abused children need an advocate. They need a voice. Maybe we are just plugging holes with the work that we do and the fundraisers we hold, but it’s a start. What we do might mean a lot to some children.”
Linda Reiss, representing the Lutheran Social Services agencies in Marion, Harrisburg and Vienna, said her group would take the money provided by the Poshard Foundation to purchase puppet theatres and puppets.
“The children will be able to use the puppets as a way to express their feelings in a non-threatening manner,” Reiss said.
Attendees at Tuesday’s press conference also watched a six-minute video entitled, “Tell, Tell, Tell, Tell, TELL,” a hard-hitting piece aimed at preventing child abuse. The brief production included an interview with a convicted sex offender and relevant information regarding child abuse in Illinois. A comment and answer session followed.
“Sharing this video (created by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois) is an important step in Southern Illinois understanding and taking action in preventing child abuse,” Poshard said.
Bonnie Wheeler, chairwoman of the annual giving events with the Poshard Foundation, said that when donations are made to the foundation, the money creates a safety net for children in the region.
Grant recipients this year included:
- Anna Bixby Women’s Center of Harrisburg
- Baptist Children Home in Carmi
- Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale
- Cairo Women’s Center
- CASA of Franklin, Jefferson, Saline, and Williamson counties
- Christian Social Services of Carbondale and Mount Vernon
- Children’s Medical Resource Network of Anna
- Family Counseling center of Vienna
- Guardian Center Child Advocacy Center of Carmi
- The H Group
- Hoyleton Youth and Family Services
- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
- Mentors 4 Kids of Harrisburg
- PAVE Women’s Center in Centralia
- Perry-Jackson, Two Rivers and Williamson County Child Advocacy Centers
- Pregnancy Matters, Inc.
- Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless
- The Amy Center of Mount Vernon
- The Night’s Shield in West Frankfort
- The Women’s Center in Carbondale
- United Methodist Children’s Home in Mount Vernon
- The Williamson County Family Crisis Center in Herrin
For more information, contact the Poshard Foundation at 618-985-2828, X8564, or via email at email@example.com.
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