Expanding our influence

Grace Stewart By Grace Stewart

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the ninth in a series of blogs reflecting year-by-year on the history, moments, and people of the CAC movement in West Virginia. To start with the first entry, click here.

In 2014, WVCAN began to explore ways to share our mission more broadly and grow expertise in the state, thus was born a statewide fundraiser and a statewide conference.

What began as a conversation about a shared love of hiking turned into an impromptu brainstorm that eventually developed into WVCAN’s annual awareness and fundraising event, wvCANclimb. We have Gabby Scorfano and Will Laird to thank for their innovation and vision for a day where groups across the state hike in support of victims of child abuse and the professionals that serve them. There is something pretty special about being in the West Virginia hills with friends and supporters who want to show solidarity and bring hope to our work. If you ever find yourself in West Virginia in the middle of September plan to climb with us – you wont regret it!

That same year, with a little trepidation and a lot of optimism, WVCAN staff began planning a conference with the goal of bringing experts in the field of child abuse to a central location in the Mountain State for a two-day conference. It really does “take a village” to do this work well, and we were honored that presenters near and far shared generously of their time and expertise. CAC staff and their multidisciplinary team members showed up in Morgantown in early April for two days of learning, networking, and even a little socializing… and they have been showing up ever since.

I have to admit that this time of year, waking up in the middle of the night and thinking, “Did I assign an easel to that room?“ isn’t the most compelling way to spend my midnight hour. However, this is the also time of year our favorite people (CAC staff and team members!) come together to learn and renew ourselves in the mission of empowering children, restoring hope and ending abuse in West Virginia.

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