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Our Community Impact

As a symbol of enlightenment and reawakening, the lotus flower reflects our vision to create communities free from oppression and violence for all people. Through shared values of resilience, empowerment, diversity, equity, and inclusion we are deepening understanding, inspiring action, and amplifying our collective impact to create lasting change.

Each of us has the opportunity to make the everyday choices reflected in our attitudes, words, and behaviors which promote safety and communicate intolerance for violence.

TOGETHER we create a world where every person is safe and respected and can reach their full potential.

TOGETHER we ALL have the opportunity to hope, heal, grow.

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VOLUNTEER

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PARTNER

ACTIVISM

Lotus gives survivors of sexual violence and their families a real chance for both hope and healing. I’m proud to be a part of this life-restoring cause.

Joni Flowers Goodman,

Former Board Member, Donor

Your gift to Lotus creates opportunities for hope, healing, and growth.

With your support, we can build resilience in children, youth, families, and survivors to heal and reclaim their lives. We can strengthen families and prevent child abuse. We can educate and empower our community to end interpersonal violence. Whether you wish to make a one-time gift, give monthly, in-kind, or through an event sponsorship, Lotus offers many meaningful ways to make an impact.

Give Monthly

PROMOTE

$5/month

Promote safety in schools & communicate intolerance for violence.

SUPPORT

$10/month

Support caregivers,
strengthen families
& reduce the risk
for child abuse.

EMPOWER

$25/month

Empower victims
with knowledge
& critical resources.

IMPROVE

$50/month

Support survivors &
improve community
response to
sexual violence.

HEAL

$100/month

Offer a survivor the opportunity to heal & reclaim their life.

One-Time Donation

We know that recurring gifts aren’t for everyone. You can make an impact through a one-time meaningful gift.
Every contribution counts!

Other Ways to Make an Impact

Corporate & Foundation Supporters

Is your corporation or business looking to make a difference in your community? From volunteering, internal In-Kind donation drives to financial assistance, Lotus offers many opportunities to get involved!

Lotus provides healing and restorative services free of charge for every survivor. Learn more about who we are and who we help. YOU can support survivors, strengthen families and empower communities!  Here are a few opportunities to inspire change:

  • Sponsor Men Who Cook, our annual awareness and fundraising event.
  • Sponsor prevention education programming for a local school.
  • Sponsor training for law enforcement officers or nurses.
  • Sponsor forensic medical examinations for child victims.
  • Sponsor a Parent Cafe series for caregivers.
  • Sponsor child abuse prevention education programming for adults.

We appreciate our foundation donors!


If you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of our mission, please contact:

Amberly R. Haverstock
Community Impact Director
270-534-4422 Ext. 32
Email Amberly

    In-Kind Donations

    Your in-kind donations allow us to invest more funding into our programs and services for survivors. We’re continually in need of art therapy supplies, office supplies and more. See a list of our In-Kind Donation needs.

    If you’ve collected any of these items please arrange a drop off or pick up by contacting Lotus at: 270.534.4422.

      Give While You Shop!

      Amazon Smile
      Shop Amazon often? Every purchase could help Lotus! Select Rape Victim Services, INC and support Lotus every time you shop.

      Kroger Plus
      Have a Kroger Plus Card? Go to Kroger Community Rewards and select the Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center, NPO # 11727 to register your Kroger Plus card and support Lotus every time you shop at Kroger. It will even show you how much your purchases have supported Lotus each quarter.

        Support Our Annual Event

        Sponsors help make our annual event, Men Who Cook, a big success.

        Contact Amberly Haverstock, 270-534-4422 or email her at [email protected] to reserve your table(s) today! Have a business and want to contribute goods/services? We love that, too!

          Donor Bill of Rights

          • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
          • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
          • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
          • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
          • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
          • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
          • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
          • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
          • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
          • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

          Developed by:
          Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
          Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
          Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
          Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits

            Mail In Your Donation

            Lotus
            PO Box 8506
            Paducah, KY 42002

            Your donation creates opportunities for hope, healing, and growth for survivors of all ages and supports our vision to build a resilient community free from oppression and violence for all people.

            Volunteer

            Make an Impact

            Lotus supports survivors, strengthens families, and empowers communities to end child abuse and sexual violence.

            Our volunteers enrich our mission with valuable expertise, perspectives, and passion. We welcome you to join us in creating a community of support for survivors and freedom from violence. To start your volunteer journey with Lotus, take a look at our opportunities and submit a volunteer application below.

            Medical Advocacy & Crisis Response

            Connect survivors to safety, resources, and justice. 

            Restorative

            Support hope, healing, and growth for survivors. 

            Community Outreach & Support

            Amplify Lotus’s impact in the community.

            Volunteer with Lotus

            Step 1 of 4

            Learn

            Lotus engages and cultivates relationships and partnerships to invoke shared values, deepen understanding, and amplify our collective impact. Through strengthened education, research, and advocacy we aim to cultivate safe, equitable, just communities where all persons thrive.

            Hear From an Expert

            Email Caroline Glynn Neal, our Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist, to invite a Lotus expert to speak at your event or meeting.

            Find an Event

            We have area educational events and group discussions coming up. Find one close to you.

            Educational Resources

            We have resources available to help you learn more about the issues of sexual assault and child abuse/neglect in our community. Know the signs, what to do and how to help.

            Prevention Education

            Programs

            Child abuse and sexual violence are serious problems that can have lasting, harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. But, prevention is possible.

            Using an evidence-based approach to violence prevention, Lotus is working to inform, educate, and engage people to take action and create healthier communities that are committed to ending child abuse and sexual violence.

            Community Impact
            Program Contact

            Caroline Glynn Neal

            Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist

            24%

            of Students Bullied on School Property

            7%

            Experienced Physical Dating Violence

            9%

            Experienced Sexual Violence

            Pre-K to 5th Grade

            MBF Child Safety Matters™

            We educate and empower students and adults to prevent, recognize and respond to unsafe situations. This teaching includes discussions on bullying, cyberbullying, child abuse and digital abuse.


            Benefits:

            • Based on research and created/reviewed by experts.
            • Educates children, school staff and parents.
            • Improves academic performance.
            • Creates a safer school environment.

            Lesson Topics:
            (two lessons annually per grade level)

            • Lesson 1: General Safety and All Types of Child Abuse
            • Lesson 2: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Digital Safety, and Digital Citizenship

             

            Kindness, Compassion, and Acceptance Program

            We focus the lesson on showing respect for others through kindness, compassion and acceptance by using books, videos and activities.

              6th to 8th Grade Programs

              Shifting Boundaries

              Our middle school prevention strategy is a classroom and schoolwide curriculum designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of dating and sexual violence.


              Benefits:

              • Increases knowledge and awareness of sexual violence and harassment.
              • Helps students define the meaning of boundaries and the role of boundaries in friendships and dating/romantic relationships.
              • Helps school administrators identify spaces in the school where students feel unsafe and create strategies for making those areas safer.
              • Helps students determine the key elements of a healthy relationship.
              • Promotes non-violent behaviors and intentions in bystanders.
              • Helps students create strategies for intervening when they see boundary violations and interpersonal violence.

               

              Bullying & Bystander Empowerment

              This program promotes discussion and problem solving using a presentation and interactive activities over various aspects of bullying.

                Kindness, Compassion, and Acceptance

                We focus on the impact of a positive school environment on students through kindness, compassion, and acceptance by using a presentation and small group activities.

                  Technology and Internet Safety

                  We teach students the importance of internet and cell phone safety and how to protect themselves in their daily use. We teach these concepts through videos, books, discussions and activities.

                    Healthy Relationships

                    Through activities and discussion students gain skills to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective communication and healthy boundaries in relationships, and resources for help and support.

                      High School Programs

                      Green Dot High School

                      Through group and individual activities, team competitions, workbook activities, group discussions, and game-playing we equip students to recognize high-risk situations. It helps them identify realistic actions they could take and empower them with proactive behaviors to set non-violent norms inside their school.

                      Incorporating Green Dot into the culture of high schools is key. The program helps train the “popular opinion leaders” to help disseminate and normalize the idea that violence in not okay and everyone has to do their part.

                      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded a five-year study to evaluate Green Dot in high schools across Kentucky. The study examined bystander intervention in 26 high schools over five years and confirms that Green Dot for High Schools reduces rates of sexual abuse, dating violence, stalking and other interpersonal violence by statistically significant percentages. The study results were published in 2017 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

                      (Note: Lotus currently works with Calloway County High School and Marshall County High School)

                      Kindness, Compassion, and Acceptance

                      We focus on the impact of a positive school environment on students through kindness, compassion, and acceptance by using a presentation and small group activities.

                        Technology and Internet Safety

                        We teach students the importance of internet and cell phone safety and how to protect themselves in their daily use. We teach these concepts through videos, books, discussions and activities.

                          Healthy Relationships

                          Through activities and discussion, teens gain skills to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective communication and healthy boundaries in relationships, and resources for help and support.

                            Organizations like Lotus and programs like Green Dot are paving a way for social change.

                            Cadence Brown,

                            Marshall County High School Student
                            & Green Dot Ambassador

                            College Programming

                            Consent 101

                            We cover the four components of sexual consent (clear, coherent, willing, ongoing) and what that looks like in everyday scenarios.

                            Healthy Relationships

                            Through activities and discussion, participants gain skills to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective communication and healthy boundaries in relationships, and resources for help and support.

                              Lotus Overview

                              Learn more about Lotus’s mission, key initiatives, and how to access valuable resources and services. Participants are empowered to deepen their understanding and create opportunities for positive change in our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

                                Adult/Community Programs

                                Darkness to Light Stewards of Children

                                Darkness to Light is an evidence-based prevention education program for child sexual abuse. This training educates and empowers adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

                                Visit D2L Website

                                Lotus Overview

                                Learn more about Lotus’s mission, key initiatives, and how to access valuable resources and services. Participants are empowered to deepen their understanding and create opportunities for positive change in our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

                                  Parent Cafes

                                  Lotus is collaborating with other community partners to host Parent Cafes which are discussion based groups led by approved facilitators. During cafes, Parents and caregivers engage in supportive discussions focusing on strengthening the 6 protective factors and are encouraged to hold positive leadership roles, promoting pro-social interactions which strengthen individual families and the entire community.

                                    Professional Education

                                    Trainings

                                    On-Going Professional Development for Volunteers

                                    The following is a list of continuing education opportunities for Lotus volunteers. Please email Caroline Glynn Neal indicating which training you are participating to receive credits.

                                    • Understanding Human Trafficking
                                      (5 hrs)  |  Click Here to View
                                    • Polyvictimization in Later Life
                                      (5 hrs)  |  Click Here to View
                                    • Victim Assistance Trainings
                                      (5 hrs)  |  Click Here to View
                                    • Free Courses from Pennslyvania Coalistion Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
                                      (There are a variety of courses at this resource, please pick and choose the courses you’d like to take.)
                                      Click Here to View

                                    Scheduled Professional Trainings

                                    There are currently no upcoming trainings.
                                    Please check back later.

                                    Partners

                                    in Prevention

                                    Lotus Partners in Prevention are businesses, organizations, and individuals that commit to creating a community where all children, families, and survivors thrive. Distinguished by their dedication to raising awareness, financial support, volunteerism, or ambassadorship, Partners in Prevention embody, and act on, our shared responsibility to prevent child abuse and sexual violence.

                                    Why become a partner?

                                    Child abuse and sexual violence affect every one of us. As neighbors, colleagues, friends, and employers, we each have a unique power to foster hope, healing, and growth for survivors in our community.

                                    Partners in Prevention enjoy opportunities for special volunteer opportunities, media partnerships, recognition on Lotus website, blog and social media spotlights, signage and print recognition, fulfillment in actively enriching our community, and so much more!

                                    Become a
                                    Partner in Prevention

                                    Activism

                                    As an advocate for Lotus, you know that our mission is to support survivors, strengthen families, and empower communities to end child abuse and sexual violence.

                                    Did you know that child abuse and sexual violence are the costliest of all crimes for victims as well as our society? This is why our specialized intervention services are so critical! This year, Lotus will foster safety, healing, and justice outcomes for over 1,500 victims and families in the Purchase Area. Our impact reaches even further—we will also engage tens of thousands of youth and community members in ending child abuse and sexual violence through awareness, education, and social justice advocacy.

                                    The Issue: Quasi Pensions Threaten Critical Services

                                    Our services, and, therefore, survivors and communities, are at risk. Lotus is currently paying $443,196 of debt which is not ours due to the current legislation requiring quasi agencies, such as Lotus, to pay more than what we owe to the pension system.

                                    If the current legislation goes into effect on July 1st, we will be paying $944,151 of debt for staffing of other agencies. The increased employer contribution rate of 85.03% will cost us an additional $500,955 each year, forcing us to cut essential staffing and programming for survivors, children, and families.

                                    The time is now for Kentucky legislators to fix the pension crisis by supporting House Bill 8—a real solution for our quasi agencies and the pension system. This emergency legislation will allow Lotus and every quasi agency to pay what is actually owed by the agency.

                                    What You Can Do

                                    First, look up your legislator to find who represents you. Then, take action by contacting your legislator by phone or email. You can also tag your legislators on Facebook or Twitter with our sample social media post.

                                    Look Up Your Legislator
                                    LEGISLATOR  DISTRICT/ COUNTIES  EMAIL ADDRESS  PHONE  MAILING ADDRESS 
                                    Senator Danny Carroll (R)  Senate District 2:
                                    Ballard
                                    Carlisle
                                    McCracken
                                    Marshall 

                                    [email protected] 

                                    Twitter: @dannycarrollky 

                                    Facebook:
                                    https://www.facebook.com/dannycarrollky/  

                                    LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #712 

                                    270.703.8025
                                     

                                    702 Capitol Ave
                                    Annex Room 229
                                    Frankfort KY 40601 

                                    220 Cimarron Way
                                    Paducah KY 42001 

                                    Senator Jason Howell (R)  Senate District 1:
                                    Calloway
                                    Fulton
                                    Graves
                                    Hickman
                                    Lyon
                                    Trigg 
                                    [email protected]  LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #870
                                    702 Capitol Ave
                                    Annex Room 229
                                    Frankfort KY 40601
                                    Representative Steven Rudy  House District 1:
                                    Ballard
                                    Carlisle
                                    Fulton
                                    Hickman
                                    McCracken (partial) 

                                    [email protected] 

                                    https://www.facebook.com/steven.rudy1 

                                    LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #637 

                                    270.462.3156 

                                    702 Capital Ave
                                    Annex Room 304
                                    Frankfort KY 40601 

                                    350 Peppers Mill Dr
                                    Paducah KY 42001

                                    Representative Richard Heath  House District 2:
                                    Graves
                                    McCracken(partial) 

                                    [email protected]

                                    https://www.facebook.com/richard.heath.129142  

                                    LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #638 

                                    270.705.7539

                                    702 Capital Ave
                                    Annex Room 405E
                                    Frankfort KY 40601 

                                    438 Millers Chapel Rd
                                    Mayfield KY 42066 

                                    Representative Randy Bridges  House District 3:
                                    McCracken (partial) 

                                    [email protected] 

                                    https://www.facebook.com/RandyBridgesKYStateRepresentative/  

                                    LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #649 

                                    270.331.0648 

                                    702 Capital Ave
                                    Annex Room 329G
                                    Frankfort KY 40601 

                                    375 Stonegate Dr
                                    Paducah KY 42003 

                                    Representative Larry Elkins  House District 5:
                                    Calloway
                                    Trigg 
                                    [email protected] 

                                    LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #607 

                                    270.293.4841 

                                    702 Capital Ave
                                    Annex Room 405D
                                    Frankfort KY 40601 
                                    Representative Chris Freeland  House District 6:
                                    Marshall
                                    McCracken(partial)
                                    Lyon 

                                    [email protected] 

                                    https://www.facebook.com/Freelandforky/  

                                    LRC 502.564.8100
                                    Extension #611 

                                    702 Capital Ave
                                    Annex Room 413E
                                    Frankfort KY 40601 

                                     

                                    Call Your Legislator

                                    Use our sample script to contact your legislator by phone. You can reach your representatives on the Message Line and the Legislative Research Commission Line.

                                    Phone Message Template

                                    1) Call Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 to leave messages for your Senator and Representative (you can make one call and leave messages for both). You will be asked to provide your name and address.  

                                    State: “I am a constituent. I support House Bill 8 which will help children’s advocacy and sexual assault centers, victims and families, and the retirement system. Please support this bill to ensure critical life-saving services.” 

                                    2) Call direct Legislative Research Commission Line at 502-564-8100 to ask for specific senator or representative and you will be connected to their assistant. You will be asked to provide your name and address.  

                                    State: “I am a constituent. I support House Bill 8 which will help children’s advocacy and sexual assault centers, victims and families, and the retirement system. Please support this bill to ensure critical life-saving services.” 

                                    Email Your Legislator

                                    Copy and paste our template message to your legislator and add your own story about why you support HB8 for quasi agencies like Lotus.

                                    Share on Social Media

                                    Share a social media post and tag your legislator to support HB8.

                                    The Issue: Impact of Proposed Huck’s Food & Fuel Station on Our Sactuary

                                    The proposed Huck’s Food and Fuel Station at the intersection of Alben Barkley Drive and Friendship Road in Paducah, Kentucky will have a negative impact on the quality of life of residents and clients of Lotus Children’s Advocacy and Sexual Violence Resource Center, which is located adjacent to the proposed site for the gas station. We need your help in ensuring a sanctuary of safety, comfort, and healing for countless survivors and families in this community now and for years to come!

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