ARVADA, CO – February 9, 2015 – Ralston House recently announced a $34,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to help fund its Child Advocacy Center’s forensic interview and victim advocacy services. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by helping fund the personnel necessary for forensic interview services in the investigation of child abuse, neglect and other crimes. Trained Ralston House staff and volunteers work with investigators from law enforcement, social services and district attorney’s offices, primarily in the 1st and 17th Judicial Districts of Colorado (Jefferson, Adams, Broomfield and Gilpin Counties), to conduct interviews in a comfortable, family-friendly setting so as not to re-traumatize a child victim or witness. Ralston House Child Advocacy Centers are located in Arvada, Lakewood and Northglenn.
“Ralston House is most appreciative of Walmart’s generous support of organizations like ours in the community that help protect children,” said Don Moseley, Ralston House Executive Director. “By giving back and supplying resources, Walmart enables Ralston House and other youth-serving agencies to help keep children safer and reinforces our efforts to do everything possible to stop child abuse in the communities we serve.”
“We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Ralston House is an example of an organization that shares our core values and are committed to helping children in our community,” said Adiena Holder, Walmart store manager. “We are passionate about assisting organizations like Ralston House to succeed in helping people live better.”
Ralston House Child Advocacy Center works with law enforcement, human services and the community to provide a safe place to investigate child abuse and ensure victim services for children who have been physically or sexually abused or witnessed violence. Ralston House provides education and outreach to prevent child abuse. Their mission is to stop the abuse and start the healing.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $19.3 million to Colorado nonprofits. To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
About Ralston House
In addition to forensic interviews and victim advocacy, Ralston House also provides forensic pediatric sexual assault medical examinations. Ralston House also provides free child abuse prevention presentations to civic groups, businesses, recreation centers, churches and other youth-serving organizations to educate groups on ways to help keep children safer. For more information on Ralston House, see www.ralstonhouse.net.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.