Toni and Jim Kelley Recognized for their Work with
the Harrison County Child Advocacy Center
Protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our society is a very difficult task. With the ever-increasing attacks on the innocence of children, comes the need for ever-increasing support and coordination of law enforcement, child protective services, medical and mental professionals and child advocates. The task of gathering these services and ensuring that they serve the needs of our region's children lays at the feet of the Harrison County Child Advocacy Center. Not only does the center coordinate the activities needed to identify and treat children that have been abused, but it also provides a much needed tender hand to the children whose lives are forever changed at the hands of an abuser. This tireless work is done by a small staff housed on the fifth floor of the Chase Building across from the County Courthouse where a number of the abusers are brought to justice.
Protecting the innocence of children does not come without its difficulties. Not only does the Child Advocacy Center in Clarksburg handle children of Harrison County, but it also serves to protect children in Doddridge and a number of other locations in our region. The quasi-government organization cannot do the work alone. They rely on a number of volunteers that assist them in providing a variety of programs that "bring justice, hope and healing to the children in Harrison and Doddridge counties."
As volunteers for the Harrison County Child Advocacy Center, both Toni, and Jim work diligently to help the center reach its goals. Either through hosting a fundraiser, being a stop along a bike run or volunteering for the “safe touch” program, the couple, who also run a successful winery in Jane Lew (Batton Hollow Winery), provide much-needed support.
“It is amazing to see couples such as Toni and Jim give back so much to their community,” Marisa Matyola of WBOY stated. “As busy as they are running a small business, they still find time to dedicate themselves to help children in need around our region.”
"I have known Toni and Jim for a long time. I have seen them work hard to build their business while maintaining their dedication to the community,” said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group. “They love what they do and the impact that they have on the Advocacy Center and the children involved will be felt for years to come.”
The Harrison County Child Advocacy Center works with local law enforcement and other professionals to not only identify children that have been abused but to also ensure that each child and family has the support they need to begin the healing process. The Nationally Accredited Advocacy Center has assisted hundreds of children and continues to assist many more.
To report suspected child abuse, call 1-800-352-6513 and your local law enforcement agency. For more information on how to report abuse or to learn more about the Center's work, visit www.HarrisonCountyChildAdvocacyCenter.com. If you need to report an emergency, please call 911.
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The Celebrating Volunteers awardees receive public recognition for not only themselves but their organization. They also receive a $500 contribution to the organization they represent in their name. Gretchen Ross of WBOY TV and Tim Miley of The Miley Legal Group work together to select the awardees from the many nominations received from the public. The volunteer selected will have demonstrated their commitment to an organization through volunteerism and support.
“I am an avid supporter of volunteerism in our communities," Miley stated. "The Celebrating Volunteers program is a way that we can recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals across our region.”
We look forward to recognizing a number of worthy individuals while giving their organizations a part of the spotlight. The program will continue recognizing volunteers throughout the coming year. In order to nominate a volunteer to receive this award, please click on the Celebrating Volunteers logo.