EAC Network’s Chance to Advance mentors — the selfless individuals who build relationships that encourage personal growth — help shape the lives of youth in foster care. The support they provide has been responsible for improving the quality of life of countless young people. This January, in recognition of National Mentoring Month, we salute those mentors of Chance to Advance who give so much to help others.
Human trafficking in Suffolk County is far more prevalent than most realize, and many youths who are at-risk of this often fall under the radar. Approximately 300,000 to 500,000 children are bought for sex in the United States annually. Every January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is recognized to raise awareness that could potentially help raise awareness and prevent more children from becoming victims of human trafficking. Educate yourself about this important cause, which EAC Network’s Safe Harbour program is dedicated to advancing.
In the season of giving, one of the best gifts you can give is your time. Not only will it help those in need, but your altruism will also make your own holidays brighter. If you are interested in local volunteer opportunities, consider EAC Network’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The New York Times’ opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof recently recommended volunteering with CASA in his annual “Holiday Gift Guide.”
With holidays just around the corner, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. One time-tested way to spread cheer is giving to charity. Not only will you be doing a good deed for someone in need, but you will also receive more in return than you might expect. For it is in giving that we receive.
EAC Network proudly recognizes M&T Bank as a Platinum Sponsor of our Donate for Good web-based fundraising campaign. M&T Bank’s generous donation will help us continue to deliver vital programs and services to the most vulnerable members of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.