Abuse prevention organization receives large donation

By Beau Ebenezer

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Center for Prevention of Abuse received a giant check Tuesday afternoon, which is expected to help thousands of children struggling with bullying.

Ameren Illinois presented the organization with $22,000, which will go towards their anti-bullying program.

The center helps nearly 20,000 children every year but that is only one-third of the tri-county area.

Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Martha Herm said with contributions like Ameren's, they hope to expand their reach.

"With our prevention programs in the schools, they are minimally funded with government grants," said Herm. "We really need outside dollars so we can reach all of the kids that we do."

The Center for Prevention of Abuse looks to raise $750,000 to $1 million every year from the community.

To help contribute to their anti-bullying program or other abuse prevention programs visit their website centerforpreventionofabuse.org.

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