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October 2011

Our Efforts Stay Local

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A few months ago we were asked to be part of an event in Kansas City that we decided to decline. Through our partnership with ASERCA the decision was made not to participate in this particular event.

Today, a news story was brought to my attention about the event:

http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/investigation-finds-donations-to-non-profit-dont-appear-to-stay-in-kc-or-help-catch-child-predators-nov2011swp

The organization is said to be planning to issue a statement soon.

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind our supporters that EVERYTHING that ICT S.O.S. does stays local. We work with local organizations in the Wichita, KS area that are directly serving victims and at-risk youth. All donations are made directly to local agencies and all in-kind donations of items such as clothing, supplies, etc. go directly to these agencies as well.

Right now, ICT S.O.S. is completely volunteer and has no overhead costs. As we continue to grow, that may change but the local focus will not.

For a list of some of the agencies we work with, or to make donations directly to them, please visit the Support Our Mission page.

As services and agencies close down, the need is greater than ever for kids in our city. The weather is getting colder and donations are down at most local agencies. If you are considering a gift before the end of the year, PLEASE consider giving locally.

Some immediate needs are listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.

 

Work Day #1- November 19th, 2011

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**Edited: Please note the change of date for this event!

 

Our first work day at the drop-in center is coming up soon!

Saturday November 19th from 9-3 we’ll be cleaning out junk, moving some items to storage and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! All to get ready for the BIG community work day coming in November.

To sign up, please visit our friends at Volunteer Kansas and register as a volunteer.

Then, sign up for the event here: http://www.volunteerkansas.com/Opportunities/Opportunity/328:Daytime_Drop-In_Center_for_Homeless_Youth_Cleanup_Day

The work day will be from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm but you do NOT have to commit to the whole day.

We’ll be cleaning up inside and outside so bring your work gloves. Wear work clothes and bring some elbow grease!

The idea behind this work day is to create a “blank slate” to start from for the BIG work day!

And speaking of that day…we still need LOTS of people to fill out the Resource Development Form with info for businesses and groups may be interested in helping. Letters will be sent out next week. We won’t stalk them or harrass them, just a letter about the project with an invitation to join us!

It’s crunch time!!

Child Advocacy Center/EMCU Needs List

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The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County and the EMCU have compiled a list of items they would like to have on hand in their facility for when they bring in kiddos who are in trauma. These items are not only basic necessities that the children often need but are also used to help gain trust so that kids feel more comfortable talking with officers and therapists.

Back packs – variety of sizes
Duffle bags – smaller in general
School supplies
Hygiene items – toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, deodorant, hairbrush, comb, African-American hair products, hair products for both boys and girls, etc.
It would be great to even have some of these common items packaged in a zip lock bag.
Make-up, nail polish, lip gloss
If there are “themes” in the items, they could be bagged in a “0-5 girl, 7-11 boy, etc.” duffle bags and labeled
Socks, slippers, underwear, sports bras, flip flops
Larger blankets – for teens
Journals and pens

Bottled Water is an immediate need!

If you, your church, organization or business would like to host a donation drive for these items, please contact info@ictsos.org for more info!

You can also donate online to the CAC at: http://www.cacsckansas.org/contact/

October Meeting Wrap-Up

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Tonight’s meeting was held at the future drop-in center location at 11th & Emporia.

In addition to sharing meeting time and space with the Homeless Youth Coalition, our group met separately to discuss the progress of our 3 action committees.

Resource Development is currently working on preparations for the community workday at the drop-in center location. Other topics covered were t-shirt designs, a spring awareness event, documentary screening and several donation drives for local agencies. We will also be adopting the older girls of Carpenter Place for Christmas. An ongoing need is for people to fill out the Resource Development form in preparation for the drop-in center project.

Education & Training is working on a “Train the Trainer” program to train speakers to make presentations in our community. A training date should be set by our November meeting.

Legislative & Policy is currently working on a contact list of state representatives and a form letter and phone script for contacting them with regards to human trafficking issues.

Over the next month we will have a LOT of activity. Please be sure to sign up on the left to receive our email updates.

Watch for a story on tonight’s KWCH newscast about ICT S.O.S. and the upcoming Human Trafficking Converence.

Thanks!