6 Oliver Road, Suite 108 Uniontown, PA 15401
24-hour Hotline: 724.437.3737 Phone:724.438.1470
August 2020 Newsletter
Brittany Clawson, Legal Advocate
I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, and still reside there. Before coming here, I was a Legal Assistant/ Paralegal for a criminal defense attorney. I worked on over 180 active criminal cases along with civil, and two death penalty cases. Unfortunately, I had to leave my job because I had broken my foot, tore three tendons, and a ligament. After a year and a half of multiple surgeries and recovery, I am finally back into my field that I love. I am so thankful to be the Legal Advocate at the Crime Victims’ Center, and very excited to see where my role takes me and getting to know my co-workers who seem wonderful to work with and very helpful. It is a nice atmosphere to work in, and everybody helps one another out.
Rita Smith, Community Outreach Educator
I was raised in Connellsville and live there again now. After college, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in response to Hurricane Katrina. When my service term ended in 2009, I moved to Virginia to work for National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). In 2014, my husband and I moved back to be closer to family. I started working for Connellsville Area Community Ministries in 2015 as a Volunteer Coordinator. I resigned as Executive Director in 2019. I loved working at the Ministry, but I am very excited to be at the Crime Victims’ Center. I look forward to getting to know everyone and using my experience to be a productive member of a dedicated team.
Due to Covid-19, the Crime Victims' Cener is in need of your financial support. Throughout the spring we had to canel all of our events related to April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This annual campaign helps us to raise awareness for sexual assault survivors, as well as awareness regarding the services that we provide. We also host fundraisers during this time. While we have been able to use virtual services to meet with clients and continue prevention education programs and outreach, we have not been able to adequately fundraise. We know that things are tough for everyone right now, but if you are able please consider making a donation to the Crime Victims' Center. You can donate online by clicking HERE or you can mail a donation to 6 Oliver Road, Suite 108 Uniontown, PA 15401. Thank you for you consideration.
"Athlete A" now on Netflix
This documentary focuses on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse and the reporters who exposed USAG's toxic culture. You can watch the trailer by cicking HERE.
Join a team of caring staff and volunteers, dedicated to ending the cycle of violence by providing support and advocacy to victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes. Our volunteers play a vital role in the work performed by the Crime Victims’ Center. Whether responding to calls on our 24-hour Crisis Hotline, serving as an advocate for survivors through the court system, working in our office or representing the CVC at a community event, our volunteers help to empower those we serve. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here.
CALL TO ACTION: Please contact your US Senators to urge them to support the inclusion of VOCA/Crimes Victims Funds amendments to COVID Relief Package. This was included in the HEROES act passed by the US House of Representatives. For more information, please visit our website by CLICKING HERE.
PCCD Announces Nomination Process for 2020 Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
Harrisburg, PA. — The Office of Victim Services (OVS) in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) recently opened the nomination process for the 2020 Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards. Nominations are due no later than August 31, 2020. CLICK HERE to read more.
U.S. Attorney Brady Announces Coalition Dedicated to Ending Human Trafficking
PITTSBURGH - U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady today announced the creation of a new anti-human trafficking coalition, Operation T.E.N. (Trafficking Ends Now), comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies as well as non-governmental organizations. CLICK HERE to read more.
We have added a Video Library to our website! As we continue to update and expand our website, you can check back to see what new features are available. You can visit our ever-growing video library by clicking HERE.
If your organization or group wants to hold professional trainings, such as Mandated Reporter Training or Sexual Harrassment, you can click HERE to request more information from Pat Mowen.
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