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PARKERSBURG — A local business owner wants to raise awareness for a nonprofit organization for which he serves as a member of the Board of Directors.

Chad Nemesek, owner of several area McDonald’s restaurants, has donated $2,000 to The Children’s Listening Place Children’s Advocacy Center.

“Every Friday I receive an email from the CEO outlining the activities of the center each week. Frankly, they are sometimes painful to read. Nemesek said. “What CLP staff are doing for these children who are being physically and sexually abused really inspires me. The number of children they are seeing with a relatively small number of staff is incredible. I myself was not aware of CLP until I visited them after they suggested that I should. I saw what they do, I believe in what they do, and I think everyone should know what they do and who they help. I want to be part of the solution.”

CLP interviews and advocates for non-offending children and family members of physical and sexual abuse and severe neglect. They also interview children who are witnesses to serious crimes. CLP is a family and children’s center. It’s a child’s alternative to sitting in a police department, Child Protective Services office or an emergency room. CLP provides all necessary services under one roof, including medical. Law enforcement and Child Protective Services come to CLP and work together as a team, conducting an interview, so that the child is not re-victimized by telling her story over and over again. CLP will then continue to provide services to that child for as long as needed.

Twenty-one Child Advocacy Centers are currently in West Virginia, covering 45 of its 55 counties. CLP serves more counties and more children annually than any other CAC in the state. CLP officially serves Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Ritchie, and Calhoun counties.

“Having a board member who shows that they wholeheartedly believe in what you are doing is the best endorsement you can have,” Greg Collins, executive director of CLP, said. “Mr. Nemesek has expressed his frustration that many of our community members are unaware of what is happening to our children and what CLP is doing every day to fight for them. He is saying that I believe in CLP, I believe on the mission, and he’s backing his words with action. You couldn’t ask for better as a director.” says Collins. “We have a really great board of directors and we’re looking for a couple more people who are a good fit.”

All services provided by CLP are free to the family or caregivers. Other services provided by CLP are court liaison, court testimony, transportation to and from the center, assistance dog, backpacks for each child, food/drinks for your visit to the center with the option of receiving a hot meal.

CLP has seen more than 600 children per year in 2020 and 2021. They have provided interviews, advocacy and other necessary services to 549 children so far in 2022.

Nemesek is also asking other businesses and residents to make a donation.

“I would ask you to donate what you can to CLP. It’s a fantastic nonprofit doing harrowing but invaluable work for us as a community.” he said.

You can contact CLP at 304-917-4437 or by email at clp@childrenslisteningplace.com for more information on how you can help. The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation can be contacted to leave a gift or bequest to CLP. Information can be found at childrenslisteningplace.org.

The public can schedule a tour of the center or visit during this year’s Christmas Open House from 10 am to 3 pm on December 16.




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