Friends of the CAC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization formed over a decade ago after a group of women from Frederick Woman's Civic Club attended a program at the Frederick County Child Advocacy Center. Shocked at the statistics and the realization that child abuse was prevalent not only in big cities, but in our Frederick Community, they decided to help create a child friendly location where a young victim only has to describe the horrors of abuse one time instead of traveling to multiple locations for exams and interviews. This desire led to the formation of Friends of the CAC, a group unique in the state of MD.
The focus of the Friends of CAC is to help provide supportive services to children and families through the CAC while helping to maintain a friendly, child-centered atmosphere. In an effort to help children recover from their abuse, a fund was established to offer specialized treatment programs and other support for which the county and state cannot provide to those who have become victims; to aid their healing from the trauma that pilfers their childhood and can adversely affect him/her for a lifetime. Programs such as therapeutic riding, karate, ballet, and Project Boost have successfully helped to empower and bring healing to children and enrich the services received at the CAC. Friedns fo the CAC proivde essential basics and needs to help families get through the difficult and healing times as children transition out of abusive situations.
A Healing Garden in which victims, their families, and professionals investigating maltreatment or providing services was dedicated April 30, 2015 in Bonita Maas Park in downtown Frederick as part of our work to raise awareness of child abuse and to give a quiet reflective location in which to find peace. We believe all of these precious lives should be remembered.
The Signature Project unites FWCC members in our dedication to end domestic violence in Frederick County. It simply is not acceptable that one out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime or that children will be the victims of abuse!
FWCC is a long-time supporter of Heartly House, Frederick County’s sole provider of comprehensive services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Nearly 40 years ago, club members banded together with others in the community to establish the county’s first domestic violence shelter, leading to the establishment of Heartly House.
Today, FWCC members volunteer every Tuesday at Steiner House, staffing a weekly drop off site for clothing, household and other donations to Heartly House. Since Heartly House is a secure, confidential location, they needed a site for generous donors to drop off items and FWCC offered to fill this need. We are there every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accept donations. Check out the Heartly House web site wish list for items needed.
FWCC’s Linus Ladies make comfort blankets for children in crisis, including those assisted by Heartly House after a sexual assault. Meeting on the third Wednesdays of each month, the Linus Ladies spend several hours putting love into those special blankets.
Members also help Heartly House with administrative needs, staffing at special events, and supporting needs that may arise women and children in the Emergency Shelter.