OREM — A group of volunteers enrolled in a self-improvement class presented several thousand dollars' worth of donations to the Family Support and Treatment Center on Friday.
The center, which operates a 24-hour crisis nursery and offers various child-abuse prevention and abuse programs, welcomed the donations and encouraged Utah County residents to volunteer not just goods but also their time. Cindy Lee, clinical director, said the center sees about 6,500 clients each year. Most come from Utah County and some from Juab and Wasatch counties. The center is located at 1255 N. 1200 West and can be reached at 229-1181.
Volunteers in a class offered by Rising Star Communications of Salt Lake City spent Friday at the Family Support and Treatment Center dropping off donations and volunteering their time. The class of about two dozen has spent the past two weeks raising awareness about the problem of child abuse and the help offered through Family Support and Treatment.
Lee said Utah statistics don't differ from national norms when it comes to child abuse. Between 40 percent and 60 percent of girls, and between 20 percent and 40 percent of boys, will have experienced some type of abuse by the age of 18, she said.