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Community Foundation Shining Spotlight on Human Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley

Allentown, Pa., September 15, 2017—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) is conducting a video contest to raise awareness of human trafficking as part of its 50th Anniversary Spark Grant application process.

Four finalists were selected from applications seeking funding for initiatives addressing human trafficking. Each organization has produced a “home-grown” one-minute video that describes their organization, the project, and brings attention to the impact of human trafficking in the community. 

The videos are being shared on social media to increase awareness of the issues and the community is encouraged to vote for their favorites. LVCF’s website and on its Facebook page. The organizations are competing for $50,000 in Spark Grant funding to address the issue. The winner(s) will be announced on October 11, 2017.

“The organizations are encouraged to mobilize their constituents and the community to visit the contest page, view the videos and vote,” said Michael Wilson, director of communications at LVCF.  “The video contest phase was implemented as a way to raise awareness around the issue and the highlight the good work organizations in the Lehigh Valley are doing to address human trafficking."

The video contest is just one part of the evaluation process to determine which program will receive funding.  “After a thorough review by the Spark Grant Evaluation team, four finalists were selected to participate in the second phase of the application process,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO. “At the conclusion of the video contest, the Spark Team will reconvene to discuss the proposals and video results and make a final decision that we will announce at the end of the month.”

The voting period is now open and will run until Friday, September 22. The four finalists are:

  • Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.  |2018 Lehigh Valley Human Trafficking Conference:  Hiding in Plain Sight
  • KidsPeace | Enhanced Clinical Trauma and Life Skills Program
  • Truth for Women, Inc. | Truth Home Program
  • Valley Against Sex Trafficking | VAST Survivor Community Center

The Spark Series | Human Trafficking is the fifth of six programs that are being held to coincide with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's 50th anniversary year of special grantmaking. Support the cause with a gift to the Community Foundation for human trafficking initiatives. For more information and/or to apply for a Spark Grant visit: http://www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org/grants/50th-anniversary-spark-grants