Ready to do your part to make Lane County a safer and healthier place for kids? Visit the United Way of Lane County volunteer page to find out how you can get involved in the community.
The list of agencies and organizations that support the well-being of children in Lane County is long. Here you’ll find even more chances to get involved and make our community a better place.
Access to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE)
A Family for Every Child
Boy Scouts of America - Oregon Trail Council
Campfire USA - Wilani Council
Click here to be the adult volunteer who leads meetings or camp activities for area youth, pre-K through high school.
Eugene Middle School Lunchtime Mentoring Program
Eugene Public Library's Storytime-to-Go
Family Connections of Lane and Douglas Counties
FOOD for Lane County Children's Programs
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington
Healthy Families Oregon
Click here to find out more about Oregon’s free family support and parent education home visiting program.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Dragon Puppet Theater
Lane County Foster Care Review Board
Click here to provide a citizen voice on the safety, stability, and supervision of children in foster care through impartial case review and advocacy.
Willamalane Park and Recreation District
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How can you help support a parent? Download our Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit in English or Spanish for resources, information, and activities.
Public Service Announcements
Click below to hear our Child Abuse Prevention Month PSA in English or Spanish, and tune in to area radio stations in April to hear it on the air!
When cities proclaim April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month, they help set priorities for local governments and signal to the public that elected officials are taking this problem seriously. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and U.S. President Donald Trump also issued proclamations for CAPM in 2017.
Mayor of Florence
Governor of Oregon
90by30 and its CAPM partners contributed guest viewpoints to local media outlets. They emphasized to the public the importance of prevention efforts and the part we can all play in supporting parents.
Look for our 2017 display ads inside LTD buses
Wear Blue 2015
Every region of Lane County participated in 2015’s efforts.
History and Resources
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month has its roots in 1982, when Congress designated June 6–12 as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week. The next year, President Reagan established April as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Children’s Bureau’s National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, produced promotional materials like posters, bumper stickers, and buttons. For example, 1984’s theme was the blunt “Kids—You can’t beat ’em.” Print, radio, and television PSA carried the message, “Take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.” The Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse dates to 1989, when a grandmother in Virginia tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car to memorialize her grandson, who had died as a result of abuse, and spread the word to her community about the problem of child abuse. More information and a timeline of nationwide prevention efforts can be found at the Children’s Bureau website.
The blue pinwheel is a symbol of the fun, carefree childhood that every child deserves. When you see a pinwheel, imagine a world free of abuse and neglect. The national organization Prevent Child Abuse America has used the whimsical pinwheel symbol since 2008 to epitomize its message: “All children deserve great childhoods because children are our future.” Visit the PCAA website for more information on the history of Pinwheels for Prevention. To order your own pinwheels from the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon and “grow” a garden of your own, click here.
Social Media Turns Blue
Look for CAPM posts on social media, follow 90by30 on Facebook, and post your own pictures of pinwheels and activities. Tag your posts with #pinwheelsforprevention!
Though observed in many different ways and through a variety of activities and sermons across the country, the official Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative (Blue Sunday) is a nonprofit organization that aims to meet the needs the needs of abused children while raising awareness of abuse and the need for prevention among the faith community. The annual National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children is the last Sunday of April and began in 1994 with 20 churches. It has since expanded to include more than 7.4 million participants on 5 continents. Churches to take a moment during their service to pray for abused children and for those who help them. Churches can register with the national organization and find free resources like a downloadable flyer at www.bluesunday.org.
Tour pinwheel gardens throughout Lane County.
Pinwheel Garden Locations
Cottage Grove Main Street
Three Rivers Casino
Eugene Springfield Fire Stations (28th St. and 4765 Main St.)
Pearl Buck Center
Willamalane Bob Keefer Center
McKenzie High School
Willamette Valley Awards
CAPM Billboards 2016
Billboards throughout the county encouraged residents to get involved on a grand scale!
Artwork by North Lane Regional Leadership Team member Amber Peden adorned six billboards in the Eugene-Springfield area in April 2016.
Eat Blue, Breathe Blue, Sleep Blue . . . make it a special weekend! Kids know we celebrate Halloween with pumpkins and Thanksgiving with turkey; let them know we celebrate the safety and happiness of kids their own age by going blue for three days.
Pinwheel Family Activities
Make your own “Pinwheel for Prevention” with your kids by following these directions from Prevent Child Abuse America.
Blue Family Activities
Read Blue with some of these colorful titles!
Eat Blue with recipes that range from navy to cerulean.
Blue Potato Mash with Garlic
Blue Velvet Cookies
Blue JELL-O Ice Cubes
- Cookie Monster Rice Krispie Treats
- Banana Blueberry Smoothie
A special thank you to all the Lane County agencies supporting Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click on each logo to visit each organization’s website.