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Jul 2016

Child advocacy program receives an $85,000 grant

An $85,000 grant was awarded to AWARE’s Lewis & Clark County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) to help continue its efforts in caring for children who are victims of child abuse.

The Montana Board of Crime Control contacted CAC back in June with the good news. The team began administering the Victims of Crime (VOCA) grant with the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1.

According to Paula Samms, CAC director, the team applied for the grant back in January and submitted a revision in May. Plans for the extra funds include

  • making the director position full time,
  • hiring a therapist to work as an advocate,
  • working with adults or children of crimes who don’t have the ability to pay and
  • working with families during CAC appointments.

Advocacy team at work

As the director of CAC, Samms is the coordinator and mental health representative of the CAC multidisciplinary team. Her job is to gather the entire team when a case of abuse is reported in Helena, or surrounding areas.

The team also includes professional representatives from the child protection agency, law enforcement and prosecution; pediatricians; FBI; and a victim advocate.

“We have a really great team,” Samms said.

By gathering the team, the consultations, interviews and evaluations are brought to the child. A special kid-friendly room at the AWARE office in Helena is available for the child to be forensically interviewed. A camera is subtly placed and fed into another room, which allows the rest of the team to follow the discussion.

Samms says caring for the children is difficult but rewarding. In 2015, the CAC team saw 175 children, and so far in 2016, they have seen 90.

“It’s an honor to work with families during difficult times,” she said.
Read more about the program on AWARE’s here.

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Jul 2016

KANA takes home three broadcasting awards

Saturday, June 25, 2016, KANA 580 AM received two EB Craney awards and one runner-up finish during the annual Montana Broadcasters Association Convention.

A local radio station in Anaconda, Mont., and a member of the AWARE Business Network, the radio station took home first place awards in both the Public Service Campaign and Station Promotion categories. The radio station also took second in the Non-Commercial Radio Program category.

Blake Hempstead, KANA general manager; Pat Noonan, AWARE media director; David Caldwell, KANA production assistant; and Russ Peterson, AWARE job coach, represented the station at the annual awards ceremony.

Above, Pat Noonan (left), David Caldwell, Russ Peterson and Blake Hempstead accepted EB Craney awards during the Montana Broadcasters Association Convention. AWARE’s KANA 580 AM radio station took home two first place awards and one runner up award.

Above, Pat Noonan (left), David Caldwell, Russ Peterson and Blake Hempstead accepted EB Craney awards during the Montana Broadcasters Association Convention. AWARE’s KANA 580 AM radio station took home two first place awards and one runner up award.

“In two years we’ve submitted entries into categories for EB awards, KANA has now won twice and has been runner-up twice,” Hempstead said. “It says a lot when the Montana Broadcasters and the Greater Montana Foundation are recognizing our work considering we have never strayed from our goals of providing quality community programming for the listeners in Anaconda.”

“The KANA team has worked hard to run a community-focused radio station while also providing nontraditional job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities,” Noonan said. “To see that hard work recognized by our peers has been a tremendous honor for everyone involved.”

KANA received the following awards:

First place, Public Service Campaign: KANA was recognized for its Anaconda Community PSA Campaign that highlighted cuts from the School District 10 preschool enrollment and the Open Theatre Project.

First place, Station Promotion: KANA was recognized for its 60 second mix of popular music played during regular programming, sound bites from Angela McLean’s 2015 AHS commencement address and Copperhead Sports play-by-play calls.

Runner up, Non-Commercial Radio Program: KANA was recognized for its live broadcast of the Anaconda High School 2015 graduation ceremony.
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The EB Craney Awards are named in memory of Montana broadcast pioneer Ed Craney, recognizing excellence in local news, production, promotion and public service from radio and television stations located in Montana.

Out of all of the radio programs that are submitted for awards, only the top two in each of 12 separate categories are recognized.