Data Dimensions donates $50,000 to YWCA CARE House
JANESVILLE—Data Dimensions has once again demonstrated its commitment to Rock County citizens.
The company has donated $50,000 to the county's Young Women's Christian Association to be used for renovations in its Child Abuse Resource Environment House. The donation funds nearly half of last year's CARE House budget of $115,348.
Since 1993, CARE House has existed to provide child victims of sexual and domestic abuse the chance to tell their stories to trained forensic personnel. Children are recorded and interviewed only once in a safe and comfortable environment to avoid re-traumatizing them with multiple interviews, YWCA Public Relations Director Beth Tallon said.
The YWCA already has plans for the money. The association wants to replace the front door, renovate the bathroom, freshen up landscaping, replace carpet, paint rooms and build a jungle-themed play area for children.
“We think it's a fantastic gift,” Tallon said. “It's a show of community support, and it's one more example of how community-minded Data Dimensions is.”
An anonymous mother and daughter's story of their experience with CARE House moved and stuck with the employees at Data Dimensions, compelling the business to donate. Company representatives said it was the first time several employees understood physical and sexual abuse happens to hundreds of children in Rock County each year.
“We give back to the community in various ways, but families and children are a priority for us,” said Data Dimensions Chairman Executive Assistant Sandy Bennett. “We chose to help out with the CARE House because the children aspect of it is near and dear to our hearts.”
YWCA is partnered with United Way and receives most of its funding through grants, fundraisers and donations. Contributions like these help keep them operating.
“This generous gift will benefit children for many years to come,” YWCA Executive Director Angela Moore said. “These renovations will help us provide the highest level of service possible to children who need it the most.”