As you may know, we here at Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontics love to partner with several organizations throughout the community to give back in various ways. One of our favorite community partners is the Children’s Safety Center. Emily Rappe Fisher, the development director for the Children’s Safety Center, joined Amy Morgan on a Facebook Live video to talk about the many ways you can get involved in April, which happens to be National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The Children’s Safety Center is the only organization of its kind in Washington Country. They are first responders when there is an open investigation for child abuse in the community, and they provide a safe space for children to tell their stories. Along with this, they offer several other services free of charge to children in abusive situations.
April is a busy month for the Children’s Safety Center, and there are several ways you can get involved. The month kicks off with Pinwheels for Prevention, a nationwide event where advocacy centers from across the country join together to raise awareness about what is happening in their communities.
Due to COVID, they cannot hold an in-person event this year, but you can purchase pinwheels and signs here. The pinwheels and signs are to be placed in your yard, and they have the child abuse hotline telephone number on them. A portion of the proceeds returns to the Children’s Safety Center.
Another event to be aware of is Wear Blue Day! On April 2nd, make sure you wear blue to work, school, the gym, the grocery store, or anywhere else you go to show your support and raise awareness that child abuse is preventable.
April 8th is NWA Gives Day! On this specific day, the Children’s Safety Center has set a goal to raise $5,000 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Plus, they already have a donor that has promised to match up to $10,000 in donations! When you give $50, it’s like you’re donating $100!
On Tuesday, April 13th, they are hosting a child abuse prevention training via Zoom at noon. You can find more information and sign up for the training here.
On Saturday, April 17th, the Children’s Safety Center is partnering with the Scout Guide to host Shop Small, Help Kids. Through this event, they will partner with local businesses that will donate a portion of that day’s sales to the Children’s Safety Center. For updates on where to shop on Saturday, April 17th, follow their Instagram page.
For more information on the Children’s Safety Center, check out their website.