The Rotary Club of Fulton used its District Simplified Grant in the amount of $3,600, which was matched by with Club funds to bring the total funds spent on the CARDV project to $7,200.
The goal of this project was to provide a safer, more nurturing environment where both adult and child victims of domestic violence receive services. The project replaced hand me down furniture in CARDV’s two “advocacy rooms,” where victims of domestic violence meet with an advocate, identify needs, develop individualized action plans to meet those needs, and safety plan. The waiting area furniture was also replaced, and the project made the outdoor property more functional for working with families and children. The partial backyard fence, playground, and patio area were all updated. Specifically, the project made improvements to the patio and playground in addition to fencing in the entire area, creating a safer place for activities for children to take place outside while their parents are meeting with an advocate, counselor, or in support group. It gives victims the option of meeting with an advocate or the counselor outside if they feel safe to do so.
The Club’s CARDV project was consistent with the Rotary International Strategic Plan that asks districts and local clubs to increase collaboration and connection with other organizations. The project built ties between Club members and CARDV staff and volunteers. Further, the project strengthened CARDV’s ability to provide trauma-informed advocacy and support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Callaway County, as well as community education.