Our goal is to eliminate child abuse and sex trafficking in our communities.
Every day three children are confirmed abused or neglected in Lubbock County, nearly double the state average. In 2018, there were more than 1,100 confirmed cases, about 3 elementary schools full.
Sex trafficking continues to be a growing issue. In 2018, Voice of Hope served 396 primary sexual assault survivors. Of those, 37 were confirmed cases of sex trafficking. Most sexual assaults and sex trafficking cases go unreported.
In partnership with the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, we mark Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with the Go Blue Lubbock initiative. By asking people to wear blue on Fridays during the month, our goal is raise awareness about child abuse and neglect on the South Plains and help connect families with resources to prevent abuse from ever starting. More than 75,000 people participated in the 2019 initiative.
Women United is a donor engagement opportunity offered through Lubbock Area United Way. Made up of a dynamic group of 70,000 business women and community leaders, in 155 communities (within 6 countries), Women United builds a stronger community by defining problems and inviting women to be part of the solution. Women have been a driving force behind the rise of community impact through their local United Ways for over 14 years. Far from being transactional donors, women get involved, shake things up and make great change. Focusing on women’s philanthropy, advocacy, volunteerism, mentoring and leadership is the work of Women United.
Women United members give at the Leadership or Tocqueville Society Level ($1000+ annually).
Our local Women United group has chosen to make the prevention of child abuse and neglect its Signature Issue. Unfortunantley, our Lubbock community has one of the highest rates of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in the State. Our women are fiercely committed to protecting the children in our community through advocacy, mentoring and financial support for Lubbock Area United Way programs and strategies that protect children and strengthen families.