Carlisle, PA – June 11, 2018:  Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP) was chosen to receive one of IBM’s Community Grants worth $2,000. Brenda Valek, an IBM employee and long-time DVSCP volunteer, submitted the grant application on behalf of the agency.  Brenda has submitted an application each year since 2015; this is the fourth award the agency has received due to her efforts. The funds received will support the agency’s school-based programming to offset the cost of training and outreach materials.

Last year, the agency presented 120 programs to local school students. Many of these programs were multi-session, which is a best practice in the field of prevention work, giving students an opportunity to absorb, discuss, and process the information being presented. Staff helped students understand what constitutes a healthy relationship. Social media and technology often play an increasing and dangerous role in the lives of students. DVSCP staff incorporate discussions about the pros and cons of the role social media plays in their lives and how to navigate it safely.

“One of our goals for this year is to increase our school outreach program throughout Cumberland and Perry Counties,” stated Barbara Kohutiak, DVSCP Executive Director.  “This grant will help tremendously with these efforts; we’re so grateful to Brenda and IBM for making this possible.”

IBM’s Community Grants program provides cash to eligible community organizations and schools where IBM employees and retirees are actively volunteering, and in support of eligible projects. Community Grants feature individual and team opportunities ranging from $500 to $2,000 in cash.