Celebrating Volunteers: Toni & Jim Kelley

Celebrating Volunteers

As adults, we realize that the real future lies in the hands of our children. This month, we introduce you to a Harrison County couple who’s first priority is protecting area children. 

For some in the community, volunteering is a family affair. 

“We do this from our heart,” said Toni Kelley, CAC volunteer.

Jim Kelley, CAC volunteer added, “I don’t know if we are making a big enough difference but it’s a gratifying feeling that we are helping in some small way because this is such a worthy cause.”

The Kelley’s started volunteering for the Child Advocacy Center after receiving a call from the organization. 

“We have a bike run scheduled, would you be interested in being one of the stops?  The first thought that went through both of our minds was a bunch of bicycles.  Turns out that wasn’t the kind of bikes she had in mind.  It was a Harley run or motorcycle run and we said yes almost immediately.”     

Since that phone call in 2014 the Kelley’s have hosted countless fundraising events at their winery in Lost Creek. 

Toni said, “From then I wanted to learn more about how they helped children.”

 

The CAC’S primary focus is providing help to children who have been sexually abused.

Jayne Landacre, CAC Executive Director said, “We also provide services to child victims of drug endangerment, physical abuse and neglect.”

Toni volunteers with the county’s safe touch program…teaching first graders body safety.

“They are just so fun to be with and they have questions.  It’s amazing to me that there are children out there that for the first time heard, “hey, I have a place on my body that I can protect,” explained Toni.

 

Executive Director Jayne Landacre said it’s passionate volunteers like the Kelley’s that make all the difference.

“Not only do they work directly, Toni works directly with the children. Jim has taken a leadership role in our fundraising efforts. They are there for us too. To cheer us on and lift up their work.”

The Kelleys said volunteering with the CAC has been nothing but rewarding.

Jim adding, “My wife really has a heart for this, for this kind of stuff.  After that first year she started getting involved with some of their programs and the more she got involved and the more she told me about it.  The more we wanted to be involved going forward.”

“I like to think of the CAC here, we have a small staff but we are a family and we are very blessed to have the Kelleys be apart of our family,” said Landacre. 

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