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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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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 prevention education programming for a local school.
  • Sponsor training for law enforcement officers or nurses.
  • Sponsor forensic medical examinations for child victims.
  • 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:

Caroline Glynn Neal
Communications & Development Director
270-534-4422 ext. 20
Email Caroline

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 ext. 20.

Give While You Shop!

Amazon Smile
Shop Amazon often? Every purchase could help Lotus! Select Lotus as your designated charity and support survivors, children, and families 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.

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
1605 North Friendship Road
Paducah, KY 42001

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.

Survivors Council

Advise and assist Lotus in meeting the needs of diverse survivors.

Volunteer with Lotus

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 Communications and Development Director, 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
Contact

Caroline Glynn Neal

Communications & Development Director

 

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

    It's My Space

    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 Elizabeth Wilson, Community Impact Program Coordinator, 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 Pennsylvania Coalition 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

                          Lotus and our statewide coalitions are committed to advocating for state and federal legislation that supports survivors, strengthens families, and empowers communities to end child abuse and sexual violence. You can take action as an advocate by learning about policy issues and priorities at the state and national levels and by contacting your legislators using the resources below.

                          Who's My Legislator?

                          Find your legislators using this tool to view contact information, sponsored legislation, and more.

                          Advocate for Survivors

                          View Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs’ legislative advocacy page to learn more efforts to advance policies that support survivors and end sexual violence.

                          Advocate for Children & Families

                          Learn more about Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky and their work to advance policies that strengthen families and end child abuse and neglect.

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