The Thomas V. Giddens Foundation gives $125,000 to area agencies
Rockford, Ill. The Thomas V. Giddens Junior Foundation recently awarded a $75,000 grant to the Carrie Lynn Children's Center and $50,000 to The Medical Evaluation Response Initiative Team (MERIT). The broad purpose of the Foundation is to support activities and programs that benefit neglected and abused youth, with a particular, but not exclusive, interest in serving youth in the Seattle metropolitan area. These grants bring the Foundation's total contribution to the Rockford community to over $400,000 in the past four years.
As the Children’s Advocacy Center serving Boone and Winnebago Counties, the mission of the Carrie Lynn Children's Center is to provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary response to child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse allegations in a neutral, child-focused setting. Covering the counties in Northwest Illinois, MERIT, a program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, provides specialized medical exams to alleged victims of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.