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ITHACA, N.Y. –– Throughout the pandemic, the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County has remained open, providing 24/7 essential services for abused children and their families. The pandemic has left young victims more isolated and less safe. Last year, the Advocacy Center supported 34 percent more youth victims of abuse than the previous year. Our advocates and multidisciplinary teams have worked to provide support, services, and a path to healing for youth survivors in our community.

This year is the 20th annual Kids Are Our Business, and although we are disappointed we won’t be able to celebrate in person, we are planning a live, virtual breakfast on Wednesday, June 2nd from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Support Kids Are our Business by making a donation at or by starting a fundraising team.  Every dollar supports services for youth victims in Tompkins County.  All donors will be invited to attend the live breakfast.

Thanks to the generosity of our local business community, we have several prizes to giveaway during the live breakfast event. We are also partnering with Press Bay Alley Food Pantry & Hub to offer a “Thanks a Brunch!” gift bag for any donor at the $100 level or for anyone who starts a team fundraiser. In addition to a special anniversary mug, the gift bag contains goodies from local favorites: Mama Said Hand Pies, Copper Horse Coffee Roasters and Emmy’s Organics.

Every dollar raised helps ensure that all youth victims in our community get the services, support, and advocacy that children need and deserve so they can heal from the trauma. Please join us in supporting youth victims in Tompkins County. The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County provides services for youth and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and chidl sexual abuse.  All services are free and available 24 hours a day through the hotline at 607-277-5000. 

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