April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia cordially invites you to join us at the
2013 Child Abuse Prevention Month
Kick-off Ceremony and Press Conference
Monday, April 1, 2013
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Avenue
The ceremony will include:
- Reading of the Governor’s proclamation declaring April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- Pinwheels for Prevention presentation
- A ceremonial pinwheel planting
Speakers at the press conference will include:
- 2013 National Child Abuse Prevention Month Honorary Chairman, Dr. Robert Dugger
- Donna Douglas, Deputy Commissioner for Organizational Development, Virginia Department of Social Services
- Representatives from Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
2013 Prevention Month Theme: Insure Their Future: Invest in Children.
Press Conference will take place inside the Visitor Center if rain occurs.
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The pinwheel serves as the new 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.
Every April – during Child Abuse Prevention Month – PCAV and many of its 43 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. This year, on March 23rd, volunteers will plant nearly 4,000 pinwheels to celebrate Virginia’s children.
CLICK HERE to learn more about PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION and for more information on how to get involved!
On Saturday, February 16th, PCAV held the 4th Annual Be Mine Ball at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Juan Conde (local tv personality) was the emcee for the memorable event which was hosted by PCAV’s Board of Directors and the Be Mine Ball Committee. Nearly 400 people were in attendance. Thank you to all of the sponsors and guests who joined us for an evening of fine art, delicious food and beverages, a silent auction, and dancing to the live music of the Acoustipops and King Edward and the BD’s. Most importantly, thank you for making a difference in the lives of our most valuable resource – our children!
CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS!
Be sure to check back next week because we’ll be adding a lot more pictures to the site!
2013 Be Mine Ball Sponsors:
2013 Be Mine Ball Committee:
Denese Gomes – Co-chair
Matthew Bare – Co-chair
Stay tuned for details on next year’s event. If you are interested in sponsoring, donating or volunteering for PCAV’s 5th Annual Be Mine Ball, please contact email@example.com.
PCAHR has serious concerns about this legislation which must be communicated to members of the House and Senate.
All Senators and Delegates need to hear your concerns.
For further details read this editorial in the Roanoke Times
Action needed - Each person is asked to contact their own Senator and Delegate and ask them to vote against both bills.
These bills will make it harder to protect children from abuse and neglect and could create numerous unintended consequences.
To contact your representatives go to -
Click on “Who’s My Legislator?” at the top.
Enter your mailing address and it will take you to a page with information for your Senator and Delegate.
There you can get their phone numbers and call; or
you can scroll down to the link “Contact My Legislators” and send one email to both legislators.
Just tell them that the bills are bad for children and ask them to OPPOSE HB 1642 and SB 908.
Please see below for a message from PCAV’s friends at One Billion Rising.
This Thursday is One Billion Rising - a massive worldwide campaign to gather at least one billion women and those who love us to call for an end to violence against women and girls. It is an opportunity for us to gather in solidarity as we call to end domestic violence and sexual abuse. It is a chance to dance and play and celebrate the vastness of the human spirit and to empower ourselves and men with the awareness of our fabulous female selves.
In Richmond, One Billion Rising RVA will take place Thursday, February 14th, Valentines Day, from 11-2 at the Richmond Coliseum. All are invited. Admission is free.
From 11-12 we will have a resource fair along with entertainment – dancers, hoopers, musicians, artists, glow spinners, drummers…
From 12-1:15 we will have a more formal program with the following speakers: Carol Adams, Claire Hylton Sheppard, Susan Singer, Mayor Dwight Jones, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Rebiya Kadeer with Christina Feerick of WRIC TV8 as our emcee.
At 1:15 we will drum and dance and celebrate the magnificent glory we embody as women and the joy inherent in being alive!
We hope you will be able to come join this call to end violence against women world wide. We hope you will bring your friends and familymembers. We hope you will send this email to everyone you know to let them know this is happening in 200 countries all over the globe, not only here in Richmond, VA. We are planning on 10,000 people, but that’s a hard number to pull in without the help of everyone possible. My hope is that this email will go viral with your help, and the entire city of Richmond will hear about One Billion Rising before it happens on Thursday! Can you help?!
We’ve been getting some good press the last week or so. If you’re curious, here are links to the articles and interviews that have appeared thus far. Tomorrow at 9 I’ll be on Channel 8 talking about it for about 2 minutes.
Richmond Times-Dispatch http://www.timesdispatch.com/
La Diff’s blog http://blog.ladiff.com/2013/
Faith in Richmond http://faithinrichmond.com/
If you feel so led, we welcome your donation to help pay for our expenses (they are substantially higher than the $1500 indiegogo goal, so we are keeping the campaign alive even though we’ve met our goal. We have raised $5009 so far and have $2500 more to go. Anything left over will happily be donated to the Action Alliance, our fiscal sponsor, an organization which coordinates all 70+ shelters in Virginia. All donations are tax-deductible.) http://www.indiegogo.com/
If you feel led in another direction, we would love to have your help. We need 60 more volunteers. You can sign up at http://onebillionrisingrva.
But whatever you do, please take a moment on the 14th to feel the incredible energy moving around the globe hour by hour as risings take place all over the planet, all aimed at building love and compassion and the empowerment of women. We hope you can join us. We ask that you tell everyone you know that this is happening, wherever they’re living.
Susan Singerand the other organizers of One Billion Rising, RVA: Julie Willard, Janett Forte, Kelsey Bedolli, Alba Jaramillo
After learning that Governor McDonnell’s FY2014 budget included a second $190,000 reduction in the state appropriation for Healthy Families Virginia, supporters rushed into action. Teams were formed by many of the local sites to ensure we were heard by legislators.
Twelve Healthy Families Virginia programs made in-person visits to their legislators at the end of January with the goal of getting the scheduled $190,000 cut to Healthy Families restored for FY2014. A total of 43 co-patrons signed on in support of our budget amendments that were sponsored by Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Chris Peace, several of whom serve on the House Appropriations or Senate Finance Committee. More than 30 legislators received personal visits, including the co-patrons, and more received information packets about Healthy Families and its benefits. If restored, this funding may save several smaller programs from having to close their doors.
It was just learned that our advocacy efforts paid off! The Senate Finance Committee recommends that $700,000 of the $2.2 million that was lost over the last 3 years, be restored. The House Appropriations Committee recommends that the $190,000 cut be restored. Now a conference committee will be appointed to create a compromise budget that will be presented to both houses of the legislature prior to February 22nd. More information about our next steps will be distributed when the conferees are known.
Congratulations to Healthy Families Southwest! They were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program. This grant is being administered by Parents as Teachers National office. With this funding, families will receive 1 new book each month that will be used during bi-weekly home visits to enrich the home literacy environment and encourage reading and language development through reading, rhymes and conversational activities. There are 30 families participating from Wise, Lee and Scott counties and the City of Norton.
The bills featured below highlight issues on which PCAV has developed positions that are reflective of our mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of our Commonwealth’s children. Each Monday during the current General Assembly session, we will update the progress of House Bills, Senate Bills, Joint Resolutions, and Budget Amendments we have chosen to follow. We encourage you to visit this page weekly and take action to protect Virginia’s children. Also, please visit our newly updated Advocacy page. Be sure to take a look at the “Tips for Educating Your Legislators”.
To receive our Email Advocacy Alerts when quick action is needed, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the list.
Information on our 2013 legislative positions can be reviewed in the links below.
General Assembly Session 2013
Assisting with efforts to raise awareness this year is Child Abuse Prevention Month Honorary Chair Robert H. Dugger, Ph.D, managing partner of Hanover Investment Group, an asset consulting company specializing in fiscal transitions. Dr. Dugger has had a long and varied career in business and public service. His philanthropic commitments have been in two areas– investing early in the lives of American children, and wildlife conservation in Africa. He is a founder of ReadyNation, chairman of the Invest in Kids Working Group, and a Trustee of the Committee of Economic Development– all projects focused on ascertaining and communicating the economic growth and job creation value of investing early in the lives of children.
“We know that abuse and neglect robs children of their potential. All too soon they fall behind on this journey called life. By working together we can change how society interacts with these children during the early years so their God-given capabilities are nurtured,” said Dr. Dugger, a board member of Smart Beginnings, a member of Governor Kaine’s Strong Start Pre-Kindergarten Council and former co-chair of Governor Warner’s Virginia Early Learning Council.
“As a longtime advocate for children, I support Virginia’s efforts to prevent child abuse and educate parents and caregivers about resources and programs to strengthen their parenting skills. Parents can do better when they have support. Strong families empower our nation. Working to put children first protects our nations’ best resource,” said Dr. Dugger.