Ascension Parish community photo gallery for March 10, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Jenny Heroman Koenig -- Gathering for a check presentation from Eatel Corp. to Child Advocacy Services, from left, are Eatel employees Arthur Scanlan, Shunta Whalum, Jenny Heroman Koenig, Duane Wylie, Clint King, Kristy Alleman, Dean’a Coffey, Ronnie Gilkey, Shelley Gomez, Lauren Raffray, Tara Credeur, Melissa Lanoux Braud, Brett Varnell, Trudy Thibodeaux, Lina Courville, Brandi Akin and Iris Schexnaydre; Child Advocacy Services representatives Krisy McAdams Rice and Ashleigh Fuller; and Cheryl Rice, Eatel community coordinator.

A simple button reminds Eatel Corp. employees that their contributions are funding one year of services for a child getting help from Child Advocacy Services.

Eatel received the button as part of the Button of Bravery program, which encourages children who have been abused or neglected to share their stories.

As part of the program, a child entering the Child Advocacy System gets to pick out a button that they feel most represents who they are, a news release said.

The button represents the bravery the child exhibits when telling their stories.

The button also reminds Eatel workers of their part in the process of helping children of abuse and neglect. Eatel raised $1,637, and one year of assistance cost $1,541.

According to Child Advocacy Services, the charitable organization relies on tax-deductible support from residents and businesses to sustain operations and enhance services to children and families in local communities. Services include volunteer advocacy, forensic interviewing, individual and family counseling, prevention and community education and awareness of child abuse and neglect needs.

“Eatel’s contribution will help us provide the services for children to live free from abuse and neglect,” said Krisy McAdams Rice, CASA recruiter. “An annual Child Sponsorship totaling $1,541 enables Child Advocacy Services to provide a full year of services to abused and neglected children.”

Several Eatel co-workers got together and decided they wanted to help local children in need. They spearheaded their own fundraiser by asking Eatel employees to wear blue jeans on Thursdays for a $2 donation, which is placed in a jar in the company break room.

“Eatel has been so generous and supportive of charities and our community my entire career and beyond. I believe generosity is contagious, the more we see it, the more we are around it, the more we want to be a part of it,” said Clint King, Eatel outside plant engineering manager. “Children facing hardship touches a special place in our hearts. One hundred percent of CASA’s energy and efforts are in support of children who are victims of abuse and neglect — such a deserving and worthwhile cause. Folks here are happy they could help.”

Child Advocacy Services is a nonprofit umbrella agency providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, Children’s Advocacy Center program and other services supporting the agency’s mission “to give voice, healing and security to children,” the release states. CAS offers advocacy, clinical services and prevention education for children and families in 10 Southeast Louisiana parishes including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John and Tangipahoa parishes.

To make a donation or for information, call (225) 647-2005 or visit www.childadv.net.