A local agency that helps people who have been victims of sexual and/or domestic abuse has reached its fundraising goal.
The Alliance Against Family Violence recently received a $75,000 donation that will go a long way in helping the agency re-open after it ceased operations last November because of financial concerns.
The agency launched a fundraiser in June to raise $100,000 by late September.
Sarah Gustin, president of the AAFV Board of Directors, said the city of Leavenworth and Leavenworth County each have agreed to match that with $50,000 each.
Stan Cherrie, a member of the Board of Directors, confirmed that the agency received a check Aug. 3 from a woman in Wichita who bequeathed $75,000 to the AAFV.
“We are very thrilled,” Gustin said. “It feels surreal. It was such an impactful donation. It surprised and warmed our hearts.”
Cherrie said the gift will help the AAFV “become operational again.”
Gustin said another $25,000 has been received in donations from members of the community, making the total amount donated to approximately $200,000.
She said that amount is required each year to operate the agency.
“We are rapidly shaping up the shelter,” Cherrie said, “preparing our recruiting/hiring efforts and continuing to raise money.”
Cherrie, Gustin and other representatives of the AAFV have spent the last couple of months talking to civic organizations about the agency and its fundraising efforts.
Gustin said the funds will be used to hire staff and for operations.
For more information about the AAFV, find the agency on Facebook.
To donate, send a check to Alliance Against Family Violence, PO Box 465, Leavenworth, KS, 66048.