HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Exchange Club of Dothan raised vital funds to help to prevent abuse within the Wiregrass community.

Throughout the year, the Exchange Club fundraises to fund prevention programs offered at the Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention in Dothan.

The group which is made up of just 12-members raised $50,000 to help prevent child abuse in the community.

The club’s Executive Director, Pamela Miles, tells WDHN the money will go towards funding the Exchange Center’s Prevention Abuse Programs that are meant to create healthy families and communities.

“We need it more now than we ever have before,” Miles said. “I said we are serving more people than we have ever served. Children are more at risk now than they ever have before and our funding is getting cut in other areas. It is really important. It is crucial to what we do.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has lost members, however, they invite anyone in the community to join them as they are looking to grow. They meet every Wednesday at the Dothan Country Club from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.