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Grant Will Help Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center Expand Presence in Eaton County, Enhance Programs

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 21:06:49-04

LANSING, Mich. — A Lansing-based children’s advocacy center will leverage a recent grant to further grow its presence in Eaton County and enhance programs directed at supporting childhood victims of physical and sexual abuse.

The Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center, which expanded its services to benefit Eaton County residents last year, received the $43,000 grant from the Jackson National Community Fund’s biannual grant program. The funding also will support forensic interviewing, crisis counseling and victim advocacy efforts, according to the center’s executive director, Alex Brace.

“We are grateful to Jackson for continuing their long history of giving back to the local community by providing us with this impactful grant,” Brace said. “This not only will help us continue to expand our vital services beyond the Lansing area, but it will support the continued efforts of our committed staff as they guide children through the worst possible trauma and provide them with the opportunity to heal.”

Small Talk was one of 11 nonprofits to benefit from $200,000 in grants awarded by Jackson in its summer grant cycle, according to Danielle Robinson, the company’s assistant vice president of corporate philanthropy. A second round of grants will be announced in December.

Among the grant recipients, two other local social service agencies each received $25,000 in funding. The Cristo Rey Community Center will direct the funding toward its food access assistance programs, and Child and Family Charities will use the grant to support programs that provide childcare and teach parenting skills to low-income parents.

“Jackson is proud to support the important efforts of Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center and all our grant recipients,” Robinson said. “At Jackson, we are passionate about investing in the communities where we live and work. It is through our grant partnerships with local nonprofits like these that we can further our common goal to strengthen families and create economic opportunities for everyone.”

Jackson’s efforts in the greater Lansing area are part of its national philanthropic efforts through which the company contributed $8 million to nonprofit community organizations in 2018 and supported 280 charities. In addition, during the year, Jackson associates volunteered 63,400 hours with charities nationwide and 100 associates served on nonprofit boards of directors.

Charitable organizations in the Lansing area that are interested in applying for a grant through the Jackson National Community Fund are encouraged to submit an application for consideration by visiting https://www.jackson.com/our-company/in-the-community/jncf-grant-application.xhtml. Jackson directs the majority of its funding to nonprofits that support strong families and increase economic opportunities in the communities where the company operates.

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