Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester Receives
Community Awareness Project Funding
for 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Rochester, NY – Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester (CCCS) has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The week of April 6 – 12, 2014, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.” The theme commemorates the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to more than 650 community projects that promote victim and public awareness activities, and innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. CCCS was one of the 71 projects recommended and selected for funding by OVC for 2014 from the 125 applications that were submitted nationwide.
According to OVC Director Joye Frost, “This year’s theme is especially relevant because VOCA is the federal government’s main method of supporting assistance to victims of all types of crimes. The money for this support comes from fines collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes, not from U.S. taxpayers. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is our opportunity to support public awareness of crime victims’ rights and the critical, often life-saving services provided by programs across our Nation to help crime victims,” Frost said.
According to Jason Tracy – CEO of CCCS, “The Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Rochester will offer a resource fair, panel discussion, and workshops to bring awareness to our community about crime victims’ rights and resources available to those affected by crimes. The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims.”
Events in Rochester will take place on April 7th at MCC’s Damon City Center.
12:30-1:30pm- Vendor Fair- featuring agencies who help people impacted by crime
1:30-2:30pm- Panel Discussions- Speakers will discuss and answer questions about victims’ rights
2:30-3:30pm- Workshops- topics include identity theft, domestic abuse and public safety
For additional information about 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Rochester please contact Chad Rieflin – Director of Programs and Grants (585) 256-6080 or visit our Web site at www.cccsofrochester.org. For information about national efforts to promote 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at http://www.ovc.gov.
About Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester is proud to be the only locally based non-profit Credit Counseling Agency in the area. Over the last 44 years, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people understand their options for improving their personal finances and getting out of debt- helping to keep their families and homes secure. CCCS of Rochester is a leading provider of credit counseling, financial education and debt management plans. We provide free education for many local area businesses and not for profit agencies. We are non-profit, 501 (c) 3 community service organization that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services. CCCS of Rochester is licensed by the NYS Department of Financial Services and is a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau, maintaining an A+ Rating. By providing financial education and teaching responsible debt management and budgeting principles, we can safely help you improve your financial situation. Visit our website at www.cccsofrochester.org .