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Pinwheels for Prevention

Pinwheels for Prevention LogoThe pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  It is a reflection of hope, health and safety – what PCAV and our parent organization, Prevent Child Abuse America, desire for children throughout Virginia and everywhere.                                                                    

Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention.  The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

The pinwheel – an uplifting symbol of childhood – represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of children, while recognizing that child development is a building block for community and economic development. When children don’t have equal opportunities for growth and development, we put the future of our society at risk.  A focus on innovative programming that lays the foundation for children’s safety, growth and development reduces the possibility of more serious problems occurring later.  

When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in  community and economic development. 

DSCN4270The pinwheel is our primary vehicle for conveying that prevention works!  It is not used to represent children who have been abused or who have died as a result of abuse or neglect.  The Blue Ribbon – a signature national symbol which was launched  in Virginia-  is still used to represent children who have been harmed.

pfp bannerPCAV adopted the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in an effort to change the way our state approaches the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  As of this year, more than 100,000 pinwheels will have been planted throughout Virginia (since 2008).

Every April – during Child Abuse Prevention Month – PCAV and many of its partner organizations around the state plant pinwheel gardens in honor of children in their communities. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond hosts the state’s signature pinwheel garden every year near a lake in the Children’s Garden. Each year, volunteers plant nearly 4,000 pinwheels to celebrate Virginia youths.




COST of Pinwheels

  • $1 per pinwheel for individuals, businesses and for-profit entities + 5.3% sales tax for Virginia residents + postage
  • * $.75 cents per pinwheel for nonprofit, civic and governmental (city or state) organizations + 5.3% sales tax for Virginia residents + postage


To Purchase Pinwheels:

  • Please fill out the form below
  • PCAV will contact you to complete payment for your order.
  • Postage and shipping charges will apply if the pinwheels are mailed to you.
  • All proceeds benefit PCAV and its mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in the Commonwealth.
    Please Note: If you are a PCAV affiliate or chapter seeking to purchase pinwheels at your affiliate or chapter rate, please contact Julie at circleofparents@pcav.org.

Pinwheels for Prevention Order Form



Get Involved!

Please help support our mission to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to experience safe, healthy and nurtured childhoods. Your participation will support Virginia’s families so that the likelihood of abuse and neglect is greatly reduced.  PCAV has everything you need for a successful pinwheel garden.  Download the Pinwheels for Prevention Toolkit … customizable yard signs, work plans for pinwheel gardens, and more! 

  • Order pinwheels today!
  • Go Social! Tips for joining our national and
    local movement on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Pinwheel Garden Flyer – encourage your community partners to plant a pinwheel garden to show support for children’s healthy development.
  • Garden Sign – download and customize with your organization’s logo or name.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Garrett Johnson, Public Relations Manager.
  • Planting Instructions – Unless the ground is very soft, it is easiest to “plant” pinwheels by first making a hole in the ground with a large Phillips Head screwdriver. Then insert the stick of the pinwheel and tamp the ground around it.  For more detailed instructions, please download a copy of our  Pinwheels for Prevention Toolkit. 

Ideal places to plant pinwheel gardens include near your mailbox, in your front yard, at your church or school, or in front of a business or community building.

Other Ways to Use Pinwheels:

  • Show off your green thumb! Plant a pinwheel garden on your agencies’ property.  Scroll down to order pinwheels.
  • Shout it out from the rooftops, “Pinwheels for Prevention is HERE!” Purchase advertising space with your local papers and tell the world you support healthy, happy children and families, and/or add Pinwheels for Prevention information on your agency website.
  • Celebrate growth!  Get local hospitals, health departments, etc. involved by planting a pinwheel for every child born throughout the year.
  • Plant pinwheels in a flower pot near the entrance to your building.
  • Place pinwheels in small flower pots on counters and employee’s desks.
  • Celebrate healthy childhood development by asking customers to plant pinwheels in the pinwheel garden
  • Host a community event and invite local families to help you plant your pinwheel garden.
  • Distribute pinwheel stickers and positive parenting materials to customers during April.  Contact Ashlee Roberts for more information.
  • Encourage others in your community to plant a pinwheel garden.  Download one of our pinwheel garden flyers below to share with your church, school, local businesses, your company, and other organizations in your community.

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