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ADVAS 1:1 fundraising campaign enters final days

The Airdrie and District Victim’s Assistance Society’s (ADVAS) 1:1 fundraising campaign is in its final days and the organization is still looking for your support.

The campaign was launched at the end of October and has run for the past six weeks. ADVAS is facing increased caseloads and a shortfall in funding and is looking to raise over $60,000 through the campaign to help victims of crime and tragedy in Airdrie, Crossfield, Beiseker and other southern Alberta communities,

ADVAS says it costs $76 for them to provide critical support to one victim of crime or tragedy. They’re hoping supporters will give at least that much, or whatever amount they feel is on their hearts.

Connor Tapp with the organization says they are very pleased with the support for the campaign, and the group, during those six weeks, but they still need more help.

“The campaign has been really exciting for ADVAS because it’s really our first time of having a campaign like this, and it’s been going so well. Not only to see the community engaging with what we’re saying and the things we’re doing, but also to receive the support ”

Tapp says there’s been an outpouring of support from individuals, families, and businesses. He says the group has received large donations from Fraserway RV, and the Airdrie and District Rotary Club to name only two. An individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, also made a substantial donation.

“They elected not to disclose publically who was making the gift,” explains Tapp. “We know them and we know our work is very impactful for them. They care deeply about the work that ADVAS does.”

Last year ADVAS managed almost 4,000 cases, almost double their caseload from five years ago. Staff and volunteers provided critical support for victims of assault, sexual assault, domestic violence and sudden death that were referred to them.

While the group’s caseload and community impact have increased dramatically, stable funding has not increased at that same pace.

Tapp says Jake, ADVAS’s new therapy dog is making a huge impact in the lives of people going through difficult circumstances. “To be able to have Jake there and to have our teams of advocates who are working 24/7 for anyone who needs them. To be able to report back to the community that’s happening is so special. To say back to the community, ‘we were there for everyone who needed us,’ is just so critical.”