The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County serves children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. The CAC brings the child together with law enforcement and Child Protective Services investigators, prosecutors, therapists, volunteers, and medical personnel in one safe, child friendly place, where the child can tell his or her story only once. It is a place where the smallest voice can be heard and a child can find help to begin healing.
Beginning June 20 through June 29, the CAC is holding their 11th annual online auction fundraiser, Bids for Kids, presented through the Tyler Courier Times Telegraph and eBay. Board of directors member and executive committee-fund development chair, Jenny Sloan, invites the community to view and bid on more than 90 unique items, experiences, and gift certificates, with all proceeds benefitting the CAC.
“The community benefits by having an organization that provides abused children and their families with the support and resources they need as they go through this traumatic event in their lives. Over the past 13 years, the Children's Advocacy Center has coordinated and investigated over 5,400 cases of alleged child abuse, provided services for over 7,600 children, and counseling for over 1,000 children,” Mrs. Sloan said.
In addition to her service to the CAC, Mrs. Sloan is an active member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., currently serving as a placement advisor and on the nominating committee. She has also served as League treasurer and committee member for Mistletoe and Magic, and has served on the Junior Achievement board of directors and is a Leadership Tyler graduate.
“Volunteerism means giving of one’s time freely and willingly for the benefit of others and of yourself,” Mrs. Sloan said. “It truly has a positive impact on the lives of those involved.”
Mrs. Sloan was born in Dayton, Ohio. She earned her bachelor of business administration degree from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Sloan is a certified public accountant and chief financial officer with Heritage Land Bank. She and her husband, Doug, relocated from Dallas to Tyler 12 years ago to raise their family in a smaller community. They have been married 16 years and are the parents of Ryan, 13, and Dylan, 9.
“Even as Tyler has grown over the past several years, it still has a small-town feel. The people of Tyler are so community-minded and giving, and there are so many organizations that assist in the needs of its people. My husband and I continually try to teach our children the value of volunteerism and the positive impact it can have on their lives.”
To view and bid on auction items, visit www.tylerpaper.com, and click on the Bids for Kids icon.