LACONIA — The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center (GLCAC) is one of the recipients of a donation made to the city by Aavid Thermalloy LLC and the company's president and CEO, Alan W. Wong.
The GLCAC recently moved to more spacious quarters at 95 Water Street in Laconia and the funds will be used to help renovate that new space. A community open house will be hosted by the center in September.
Aavid and Wong made the donations in honor of the Laconia-based advanced manufacturing company's 50th Anniversary. Mayor Ed Engler was asked to distribute a total of $20,000 in donations to non-profit organizations of his choosing within the Lakes Region and he directed $5,000 to the GLCAC.
The GLCAC coordinates child abuse investigations within a multi-disciplinary team approach. Professionals from law enforcement, child protective services, victim advocacy, the GLCAC, the Belknap County Attorney's Office, and medical/mental health professionals join together at the Child Advocacy Center to investigate child abuse and provide best practice care to children and their families. Children are interviewed by one person in a child-friendly, neutral environment by trained Child Advocacy Center staff. The child and family receive on-site support services and referrals to appropriate community resources.
Hand-prints line the Child Advocacy Center wall of the children that visit the center, celebrating the strength and courage of these amazing children. The GLCAC also provides community outreach and education.
The GLCAC is a non-profit serving Belknap County that relies on grants, fundraising and community support to provide critical services to children.
The new site of the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center will provide further community collaboration by adding additional space for community trainings/meetings; a teen waiting room, that is age appropriate for adolescent/teen population; and increased accessibility for families and community partners.
For more information, please visit www.cac-nh.org or call 524-5497.
Aavid Thermalloy designs and manufactures a wide range of thermal management products, from the smallest circuitboard-level cooling solution to several thousand kilowatt industrial applications. It's products are used in personal computing systems such as desktops, laptops and video game consoles in addition to non-PC products like servers, network devices, instrumentation, transportation and other consumer electronics. The company has manufacturing facilities in Italy, India and China, in addition to Laconia.
CAPTION: Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center Program Director Meghan Noyes accepts a $5,000 donation from Aavid Thermalloy LLC via Laconia Mayor Engler at the non-profit agency's new quarters at 95 Water Street in Laconia. (Laconia Daily Sun photo)
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