An agency that advocates for people who have been the victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence is setting a high fundraising goal.
The Alliance Against Family Violence is looking to raise $100,000 by late September in order to re-open an agency that ceased operations in November 2017 due to financial difficulties.
Sarah Gustin, president of the AAFV Board of Directors, said the city of Leavenworth and Leavenworth County have agreed to match that dollar amount with $50,000 each.
She said the agency has already raised approximately $10,000.
Gustin said pop-up fundraisers will begin soon at local businesses.
“We’ll go anywhere that will have us,” Gustin said.
She said the agency will also be soliciting personal donations.
Gustin said the AAFV will host a fundraising 0.5K walk Aug. 4 in downtown Leavenworth. Other fundraisers will be announced later.
She said money collected in the fundraisers will go to hire staff and for operations.
Gustin said an annual budget of $200,000 “is as bare bones as we can get to provide services.”
She said even when the AAFV reaches its $100,000 fundraising goal, fundraising will continue.
“We’re never out of fundraising season,” she said.
She said the agency would like to host a formal gala in the next few years as a major fundraiser.
“Once we’re back, we’re back for good,” Gustin said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
For more information about the AAFV, find the agency on Facebook.
People who want to send a check can mail it to Alliance Against Family Violence, PO Box 465, Leavenworth, KS, 66048.