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How to Support Our Charities!

branchesApril 21, 2018

Proceeds from out Saturday, April 21, show will go to support Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, which was established as a non-profit agency in 1980.  Branches works to empower the increasing number of domestic violence victims and their families to break the cycle of domestic violence in our area. 

Aside from providing emergency shelter; Branches offers legal assistance, individual & group counseling, and case management to ready our clients to become independent. 

Currently Branches has one operational emergency housing shelter and four outreach offices located in adjoining counties; Mason, Putnam, Wayne, & Lincoln, to provide additional resources.  ALL of Branches’ services are free of charge. 

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March 17, 2018

Proceeds from our Saturday, March 17, show went to support CONTACT of Huntington, the rape crisis center and is 24-hour hotline (866-399.7273/304-399.1111).

logoCONTACT of Huntington envisions a community free of sexual violence. To bring that vision into reality, it provides advocacy and support for victims of sexual assault and stalking, while providing prevention education services to people living in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties in West Virginia. In its mission statement, it adds, "We recognize that victims who become survivors of sexual assault must do so with courage, strength and integrity, and we honor their transformation by holding those as our organizational values. All services are free and confidential."

CONTACT Huntington, Inc. was formed on November 1, 1970, and since that time has been through many changes. It was originally a faith-based organization that offered callers a variety of services including a 24-hour Suicide Crisis helpline, a Parent’s Helpline, Reassurance Line, and the Rape Crisis Counseling Team.  For more than 30 years these programs flourished, providing callers with a friendly voice that was willing to listen and help. In 1983 CONTACT jointed West Virginia Rape Information and Services (FRIS) as one of nine rape crises center in the state.  At that time all services to victims of sexual assault were provided by volunteers.  Today, six Staff Victim Advocates as well as Volunteer Victim Advocates provide direct and follow-up services to victims.

In the spring of 2001, CONTACT became a Rape Crisis Center and most of the other programs were passed to other agencies.  The 24-hour hotline remains a central part of services offered by staff and trained volunteers.  No longer a faith-based organization, CONTACT now focuses on helping those who have been affected by sexual violence and/or stalking and providing our community with prevention education information.  We rely on private donations, community grants and some state and federal monies, to fund the services we offer in a six county area of Western West Virginia: Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne.

CONTACT has three offices – our main office in Huntington which serves Cabell County, an office in Wayne serving Wayne and Lincoln counties, and one in Point Pleasant serving Mason County.  In the spring of 2017 we will be opening two new offices to serve Logan and Mingo counties.

CONTACT of Huntington is a member of West Virginia’s sexual assault coalition, the Foundation for Rape Information and Services (FRIS)and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association.

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Dec. 16, 2017

Proceeds from our Saturday, Dec. 16, show went to support Lily's Place, the Huntington center (1320 7th Avenue) that provides medical care to infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and offers non-judgmental support, education and Lilyscounseling services to families and caregivers.

Lily's Place, which opened its doors in 2014, offers individual rooms with carefully controlled environments for a dozen babies at a time in the weeks they undergo treatment for withdrawal symptoms. It offers observational, therapeutic and pharmacological care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure as well asproven therapeutic handling methods and the latest weaning techniques to ease withdrawal symptoms. 

An American baby is born with NAS every 25 minutes, according to a recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The report recommends several practices to address NAS and improve treatment for these newborns, including educating expectant mothers on prenatal care, educating health care providers on screening and treating NAS, as well as addressing the stigma faced by pregnant women who use opioids that keeps them from getting treatment.

Nov. 18, 2017

city logoProceeds from our Saturday, Nov. 18, show went to support Huntington City Mission, 541 9th St., a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization established to  help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, in our community.

The mission was founded in 1939 as a ‘soup kitchen’ for homeless men,  77 years later, we are still providing the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, education, and case management programs, not only to homeless men but also to homeless women and families and low-income community residents.

The mission is the only full-service shelter in a fifty mile radius of Huntington.  Daily the Huntington City Mission provides shelter for an average of 143 individuals, including an average of 40 children between the ages of birth to 18.

Says the mission, "We help the homeless find work, teach them how to sustain jobs, budget their money and find permanent housing. The Huntington City Mission is one of the oldest non-profit, charitable institutions in Huntington. The Mission is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of local business men and women."

The mission’s shelters are open 24 /7, 365 days a year.


Oct. 21, 2017

LittleProceeds for our Saturday, Oct. 21, show went to support Little Victories, 3589 Wire Branch Road, Ona, WV.

The mission of Little Victories is to rescue homeless animals and provide the means by which they can be rehabilitated and find permanent, loving homes. Little Victories will spread the no-kill philosophy and educate the public about humane care and respect for all living things. Little Victories believes that each animal should be treated for its individual needs and that each one deserves every chance of living a safe, loving and protected life.

RESCUE AND SANCTUARY

The organization rescues and rehabilitates homeless, injured, abused, and abandoned animals. While the goal is to adopt all animals into loving, permanent homes, not all animals are adoptable. For those few, it provides sanctuary—a lifetime home where they will be safe and loved.

ADOPTION

The group socializes the animals and strive to find loving, safe, and permanent homes for all the animals, as well as ongoing support and training so that each adoption is a success.

EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Says Little Victories, "We firmly believe that education about all aspects of humane care is the only answer and the only hope to eliminate animal homelessness and abuse. Our goal is to educate the community to act responsibly in the care of their own companion animals and to be aware of the plight of homeless animals. Our educational and awareness programs teach adults and children about the humane treatment of animals and how to become caring, responsible pet owners. We also promote the no-kill philosophy and awareness of the cultural, health, and emotional benefits of having a companion animal."

POPULATION CONTROL

Spaying and neutering is the answer to the problem of unwanted animals in this country. Little Victories spays or neuters all the animals, and worka with the community and other rescues and shelters to raise funds and implement spay and neuter programs that control the irresponsible birth of millions of unwanted animals

Sept. 16, 2017

logoProceeds for our first show -- Saturday, Sept. 16 -- went to support the good folks at Huntington's Facing Hunger Foodbank, 1327 7th Ave., Huntington, WV.

Facing Hunger Foodbank is a private, non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1983 and is incorporated in West Virginia. Formerly known as the Huntington Area Food Bank, the foodbank initially served Cabell and Wayne Counties. The need was so great across the region that the foodbank expanded its service area after just its first year of operation. The foodbank’s service area currently includes 220 agencies across 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

In its first full year of operation, the foodbank distributed nearly 300,000 pounds of food to food insecure people. Since the turn of the century, the foodbank has consistently been distributing more than 3 million pounds of food annually. In 2014, the foodbank distributed more than 5.2 million pounds of food to nearly 115,000 people on a monthly basis.

Facing Hunger Foodbank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Through this program, the foodbank provides services to 12 counties in the region.

The foodbank also receives financial aid from the federally funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (FEMA), allowing food to be purchased for member agencies in Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne Counties.

The foodbank also receives and distributes USDA commodities through the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Grants help to sustain specific programs like the BackPack Program, Mobile Pantry Program and SNAP Outreach. These programs help ensure clients of all ages have access to enough food.

Food drives held by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), public schools, local universities and numerous business and civic organizations in the Tri-State help to stock the Food Bank. Their charitable giving of food items, both perishable and non-perishable, is greatly appreciated.

Facing Hunger Foodbank was named Best of Huntington Award in 2012 by the Huntington Award Program Committee in the Best Non-Profit Organization. For two consecutive years, the foodbank has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier charity evaluator. The foodbank is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest donation of baked goods. ViSalus donated 52,000 pounds of its all natural “mini-meal” Nutra-Cookies.