The Butterfly House
In March of this year I was involved in a fundraising project involving the Union County 4H Foundation. You can review the corresponding blogs here. In the blogs I mentioned how much I enjoyed working with non-profit organizations and the feeling of accomplishment received from a successful project. Donating your talents to help others is always a rewarding proposition.
Recently I was contacted to assist with another fundraising project benefiting an organization called the Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center. “The Butterfly House assists children in their journey through suspected child maltreatment. Forensic interviews and physical examinations help members of the multidisciplinary team share information to decrease the trauma of the child. In addition, counseling and services are arranged to enable the child and family to effectively process issues related to the reported abuse.”
Child Abuse in America
I wanted to take a moment and talk about a very serious epidemic: Child Abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children. These reports can include multiple children in the same households. The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse related deaths.
Some scary statistics
- A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds
- More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse
- Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
- It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
- More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way
- Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
- About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
- About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
The Butterfly House will be sponsoring an event much like the 4H Foundation, where they have asked local dance professionals to partner with local celebrities for a “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser. My “meet and greet” with my assigned celebrity is this week and I am very excited to see who I will be working with. It will be nice to get the creative process underway again and see what we can create together. More information on the event will be posted soon.
So people have expressed to me that doing this type of fundraiser is not worth my time. I find that type of view a little on the narrow side. Blogger Michael Ellison wrote a piece entitled “Discovering a cause greater than yourself” in which he talks about being moved while watching show regarding the CNN Heros of 2011. He states, “It is my belief that within every person is a cause greater than themselves. And when they recognize that cause – no matter how large or great – the resources will come to help them fulfill it.”
I feel honored to be a part of this new project. How can helping people in need, especially those who are unable to help themselve, be a bad thing?
Remember to keep dancing!