THE RITE AID FOUNDATION DESIGNATES WESTERN PA CARES FOR KIDS A KIDCENTS CHARITY

Brookville, PA 1-21-2020

The Rite Aid Foundation has selected Western PA CARES for Kids to participate in its 2020 KidCents program, which annually supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.

Western PA CARES for Kids is working to reduce the trauma and enhance the physical, emotional and psychological safety and well-being of children and their families.

In addition to being selected as a KidCents charity, Western PA CARES for Kids will receive a $5,000 grant, which will be used to update medical equipment used in the head to toe medical evaluation of the children seen here.

This is our first year as being a KidCents program charity. We are grateful for RiteAids KidCents charity and for the support of our community members.

The Rite Aid Foundation welcomed a total of 481 nonprofits to its 2020 KidCents class – its largest class ever.

The number of KidCents charities has more than doubled since the program’s inception in 2014, when 204 nonprofits comprised the inaugural class. Over seven years, The Rite Aid Foundation has contributed a total of more than $34 million to KidCents charities across the country, thanks to members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, rounding up their in-store or online purchases to donate to KidCents.

“More than 3 million Rite Aid customers actively choose to make meaningful contributions to help children in their communities through KidCents. The program’s growth is a testament to their generosity and commitment to building safer, stronger and more supportive communities for youth across the country,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation and Rite Aid chief human resources officer. “The 2020 KidCents class has the opportunity to prove that change adds up exponentially, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goal of giving kids better lives and brighter futures.”

For a full list of KidCents charities and to learn more about how Rite Aid’s wellness+ rewards members can support charities in their own communities, please visit www.kidcents.com.

About Western PA CARES for Kids
We are a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that provides children who have experienced abuse or witnessed violent crime with a child friendly environment where they come and receive free services. The services provided are a onetime forensic interview by a specially trained interviewer regarding their abuse experience, a head to toe non-invasive medical evaluation by a specially trained nurse examiner, and our family advocate provides support through education and information and also provides referral services for other possible needed services. Please visit our website at www.carescac.org to learn more.

About The Rite Aid Foundation
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $68 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

About the KidCents Program
Through the KidCents program, which is The Rite Aid Foundation’s charitable giving program dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid services, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting www.kidcents.com. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering health care services and retail products to over 1.6 million Americans daily. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health products and services for the entire family through over 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 18 states. Through EnvisionRxOptions, we also deliver pharmacy benefit management to approximately 1,900 clients and 3.4 million members. For more information, visit www.riteaid.com.

Announcing the 10th Annual Duathlon, 5K & Community Walk

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, the first 50 people to register will be entered in a $100 gift card drawing!

Our annual race offers 2 different timed events, a community walk and fun for the whole family!

  • cash prizes for race winners
  • free picnic lunch for all racers and spectators
  • great raffles including gift cards and tickets to theme parks and sporting events
  • free face painting for the children

Our race, held in the beautiful Cook Forest State Park, will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Shelter 2.

For registrations form and more information, visit 2018 Duathlon and 5k or the Brookville YMCA.

Jefferson County Child Advocacy Center Achieves National Recognition (WJAC Article)


BROOKVILLE – Western PA CARES for Kids (CARES) was recognized by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation Tuesday.

CARES is a child advocacy center on Route 322 near Brookville that serves Jefferson, Clarion and Forest counties.

The center was awarded accreditation….Read Article

 

Western PA Cares for Kids Earns Accreditation by National Children’s Alliance (Explore Jefferson Article)

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A dream to treat the victims of child abuse was one Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett had many years ago.

Today, his dream, along with many others, has been realized in a way many never imagined.

Tuesday evening, many that have worked hard since 2004 to make Burkett’s dream a reality gathered at Western PA Cares For Kids to share the experience….Read Article

WTAJ Interview

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/assisting-abused-children/50994/CHly_xdnRE-NqIY8EFeawA

Insight Interview on MegaRock

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A recent interview that aired on MegaRock.

CARES Attends Leadership Conference in Washington DC for the Second Year in a Row

pat-sen toomeyWestern PA CARES for Kids was chosen to attend Leadership Conference in Washington DC for the second year in a row. While attending the conference the directors of chosen child advocacy centers met with Senators to discuss the benefits of child friendly centers and their multidisciplinary approach to investigation of child abuse.

WTAJ Article on Our Expansion Project

wtajBROOKVILLE, JEFFERSON COUNTY – Western PA Cares For Kids has been helping victims of child abuse for the last five years. Last fall they moved into a new building and now they’re looking for more.

The child advocacy center in Brookville is a place where children can share their stories of abuse in a safe environment while only speaking to one person…Click here to read full article

WJAC Article and Video on Our Expansion Project

WJAC-former-logoJEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. — Western PA Cares for Kids is the only child advocacy center in our northern coverage area.
The center started as a vision of Jefferson County District Attorney, Jeffrey Burkett….Read the rest of the article here

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

kp-795fApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month please join us by

STANDING UP FOR CHILDREN

Children deserve to be cherished and they thrive when adults care. They depend on adults for their safety. Unfortunately many children are abused by those adults in their lives who they should be able to trust. More than 90% of children are abused by someone they know, including family members or friends.

Most children never report being abused. They are often threatened or pressured to stay silent. We ask you as adults to be watchful for signs of abuse and always take it seriously when children speak of being abused. Report suspected child abuse to the police, or your child protective service agency. Children are our future and protecting them is everyone’s job. Every child matters.

There’s No Excuse For Child Abuse