Foundation working to help victims of child abuse

BERWICK – The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation is hoping to make a big dent in the number of child abuse cases in the state. They are currently raising money to help prevent child abuse with the help of a local doctor.


Eric DeWald is president and CEO of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, which supports Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia Counties. They work to help individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations to help their communities through charitable giving. Their latest effort is to help prevent child abuse in the state.


DeWald said, “That really grows out of a lot of discussions around the region about what’s happening in Pennsylvania with child abuse. We’ve partnered with Dr. Bruno from the Knapper Clinic at Geisinger to help us to understand the problem and what to do about it, and also where to invest some of the dollars that we’re going to be raising.”


DeWald says Dr. Pat Bruno will be part of a “Call the Doctor” event on WVIA Television Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. DeWald said, “They start out with some discussion points and there will be a panel, which Dr. Bruno will be on. Then, at a certain time, people can call in and ask a question. I believe there is also a studio audience there that may ask questions.”


DeWald continued, “We will have our phone number at certain times during that broadcast that people can either write it down and call later, or they can that evening and make contributions to the fund. Those contributions will be used for education purposes and intervention for the prevention of child abuse across our five county region.”


And DeWald said child abuse is a growing problem that needs some help. He said, “Unfortunately it is so prevalent. We see it in the newspaper almost on a daily basis and through the news. And then of course, the big unfortunate events like what happened at Penn State. Really, the whole nation is dealing with the problem.”


You can learn more about how the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation is addressing this problem and others by visiting their website at (Ali Stevens)






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