National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Belmont, NY, April 2017: Allegany County B.U.S.T (Building Up Services Together), a Committee of Department of Social Services Caseworkers, organized a T-shirt fundraiser to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. Proceeds from the sale, along with a contribution from the Department of Social Services Moral-Builders Association, totaling $150.00 were donated to the New York State Sherriff’s Association Institute Summer Camp.
The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 35th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.
The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem. Last year 14 children from Allegany County were able to attend the summer camp.
Presenting the donation to Sheriff Whitney are (L-R) Kirsten Davis, Deb Miller, Rebecca Scott, Brigette Thompson and Christine Kelly.