Ways to Get Involved
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for our community to come together to focus on healing and justice for children and their families who are victims of violence and sexual abuse.
It’s difficult to accept that child abuse happens in the Grand Valley. But it does. And turning a blind eye feeds the trauma and allows it to continue. The only way to end child abuse is to not turn away. To not let children navigate the darkness alone. To walk with them, believe them, support them, fight for them, love them, help them, and uplift them. Because with each child we heal, there’s hope for all.
During this month, communities and organizations across the nation are joining together to share strategies and stories centered around hope, healing, prevention, and justice. We are asking you to join in! Because the work we do would not be possible without your support. And because of you, we are determined to keep fighting, to keep healing our community and to help end abuse.
Financial donations are the best way to support the work we put into our day-to-day efforts. However, we know that is not feasible for all, and we love any signs of support. We outlined ways you can show your support below, beyond a financial gift.
April Center for Children’s Wear Blue Day 2021
We are participating in Wear Blue Day 2021 by encouraging our community to wear blue on [insert day]. Work from home? Wear blue on your video conferences. Not going anywhere? Post on social media, using the hashtag #wearblueday, and encourage your followers to do the same.
Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth, parents/caregivers, and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.
During the month of April we are hosting a Coloring Contest with our iconic Hot Air Balloon illustration. Our balloon represents the work we do as a whole uplifts the entire Grand Valley community. We are welcoming children of all ages, and throughout the community to participate and submit their artwork to be entered to win a locally donated gift basket.
Download your coloring sheet HERE.
Other Ways You Can Help
We’re here to fight for children every way we can. We support them, uplift them, help them rise above the trauma and emerge with strength to become the wholly healed person they were meant to be.
IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE
If you suspect child abuse - or if a child tells you about abuse - making a report is very important! You cannot get into trouble or lose your job for making a report that turns out to be unfounded if you had good intentions when you made the report.
OR DIAL 911
All calls remain anonymous.
Reports of known or suspected child abuse or neglect should be made immediately to the Mesa County Department of Human Services Child Protection Hotline at (970) 242-1211 or a local law enforcement agency at 911.
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