Like other nonprofits, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) is not stopping fundraising during this crucial time, even though the circumstances are far from ideal. Due to the pandemic, the Greater Richmond SCAN recently announced it is taking its popular 18th annual Progressive Dinner Fundraiser and auction online from April 27 to May 2.
SCAN is asking community members to support them from the safety of their own homes. From a press release: "During this time of crisis, SCAN needs your help more than ever to create that same safety in the homes of the most vulnerable children and families in our community. With the isolation and added stress caused by COVID-19, the risk factors for abuse and neglect dramatically increase."
Title sponsors for the event are Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Estes. SCAN is inviting the community to participate by donating the price of event tickets, bidding in the online auction or even ordering takeout from the "beloved chef partners." More information can be found here.
Here's more info about where the funds will go, from the release:
All funds raised through the Progressive Dinner Fundraiser and Auction will support Greater Richmond SCAN. SCAN provides services through five programs: the Child Advocacy Center seeks to dramatically improve the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child sexual and severe physical abuse cases; Family Support Program offers psychoeducational and treatment groups to enable caregivers to provide healthy homes for their children; Community Programs encompasses a number of prevention initiatives at the organizational, community and state levels, focusing on the advancement of protective factors and trauma-informed approaches; Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; and Circle Preschool Program offers trauma-informed early childhood education and trauma-focused mental health treatment to victims of abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence.
SCAN’s programs work together to provide support, treatment, education and advocacy to help build safe, stable, nurturing homes and lessen the negative impact of trauma. SCAN believes that the most effective strategy to prevent and treat Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is to work simultaneously at micro and macro levels, with proven models and best practices aimed at individuals, families, neighborhoods, organizations and systems. Beyond providing quality programs, SCAN strives to ignite social change and create a community-driven by resiliency rather than historical, generational, or childhood trauma.