Worcester’s Child Advocacy Center launches annual fundraising event
WORCESTER CO., Md. – The Cricket Center in Berlin kicked off its annual fundraising campaign on Wednesday, after it was postponed this spring due to the pandemic.
The Cricket Center is Worcester County’s only Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit that helps children who may have been abused. Wendy Myers, the center’s executive director, says they’re looking to raise $25,000 as part of their Hands Across Worcester campaign and they have prizes for donors every week day through October 30th. Every donation of $25 or more will be entered in the daily raffle for prizes including candy for a year from Wockenfuss Candy, $100 from Park Place Jewelers, a two night stay at The Grand Hotel, four rounds of golf with a cart at Lighthouse Sound, and more.
Myers says the pandemic has created a shortfall in their fundraising. She also believes many crimes against children are going unreported during the pandemic because often times educators are the first to notice the signs of abuse but many kids are still not physically in school.
“There was about a 40 percent decrease in referrals earlier in the summer. We’ve seen an increase over the past six weeks in referrals so we’re hoping that when kids need help, that people are calling us,” says Myers.
The fundraising campaign runs through November 25th and a generous community donor is matching every donation, essentially doubling every person’s contribution.
Go to TheCricketCenter.com and click the link to find their GoFundMe page or click the Donate Now button.
If you have suspicions about child abuse or neglect in Worcester County, you can reach the Cricket Center at 410-641-0097.