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PCAV Volunteer Spotlight: February

April Carter

PCAV Volunteer Spotlight

April Carter: Why I Volunteer…


With the countless volunteer opportunities available in Virginia, we are continually amazed by the dedication and passion of the people who choose to volunteer for Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. This February, we are placing the volunteer spotlight on one of our PCAV Young Professional Committee Members, April Carter.  She tells us Why She Volunteers, and what PCAV means to her.


April Carter began her relationship with PCAV as a summer intern in 2012. Her time as an intern allowed her the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and hands on experience as to how non-profits operate. She learned about the various ways PCAV works to prevent child abuse, working on such areas as advocacy and legislation, as well as programming aimed at giving parents and care-givers tools and resources to help them succeed.


Organizations whose missions involve helping children were already April’s self-proclaimed “soft spot,” and after “witnessing all that PCAV does to promote the well-being of children, I was inspired to stay involved after my internship.” PCAV’s impact on the community as well as the dedicated staff also motivated April, “you can tell that PCAV’s staff genuinely cares about the work they are doing.”


April Carter is currently the Assistant Director or Petersburg Victim-Witness Assistance Program. She holds her Bachelor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a member of PCAV’s Young Professional Committee as well as Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. She has previously served as a member of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the YWCA’s Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (R-HART). When not working or volunteering, April enjoys outdoor activities and traveling.


Thank you April, and all of our volunteers, for your dedication and service to the children in our community and for helping us continue to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.


Prevent Child Abuse Virginia is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect in our Commonwealth. Our Young Professionals Committee is looking for energetic young professionals between the ages of 21 – 35 who are eager to make a difference in their community. Although our office is based in Richmond, we are a statewide organization and encourage anyone from around the state to join. Members of the Young Professionals Committee have the opportunity to network with other young professionals while coordinating activities to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, and most importantly to play a major role in keeping Virginia’s children safe from abuse and neglect.


For more information about how to become a volunteer contact Allison Gilbreath, Community Engagement Manager at 804-359-6166 ext. 312 or at agilbreath@pcav.org