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North Platte Citizen Advocacy participates in Giving DayTell North Platte what you think
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Don Kurre

North Platte Citizen Advocacy, which has been helping residents in need for more than 20 years, will participate in Giving Day on May 3.

Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser during which people can help their favorite community causes in North Platte and Lincoln County.

Supporters contribute at www.NorthPlatteGivingDay.org.

North Platte Citizen Advocacy, Inc. is excited to participate in the second Giving Day, Coordinator Don Kurre said.

“Giving Day offers us an opportunity to tell our story and to raise funds to support our work,” Kurre said.

The mission of Citizen Advocacy is to promote the protection and advocacy for, people who are devalued, usually due to a mental or physical disability. Citizen Advocacy bring the needs and interests of an individual at risk of social isolation to the attention of a citizen who, with support of the Citizen Advocacy Office, will respond through a freely given, usually long-lasting advocacy relationship.

North Platte Citizen Advocacy, Inc. was started Feb. 27, 1995 as a non-profit organization after nearly two years of planning and preparation, Kurre said. Currently there are six members on the board of directors, with plans to continue to develop and grow.

Citizen Advocacy also has a full-time coordinator. Funding for North Platte Citizen Advocacy, Inc. comes from the state of Nebraska, private contributions, and fund raising activities.

Citizen Advocacy started in Lincoln in 1970 by Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, whose concern was for de-institutionalized adults with mental retardation who needed friendship (expressive), protection (advocacy), and life-skill support (instrumental).

Citizen Advocacy programs were broadened to include all persons with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness.

Citizen Advocacy is now worldwide, with programs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

The North Platte office can be contacted at 308-532-0670 or by email at npca@northplattecitizenadvocacy.org. The office is at 315 N. Dewey, Suite 211, PO Box 281 - North Platte NE 69103-0281

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/20/2017
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