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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Going Blue in 2018
Tour pinwheel gardens throughout Lane County.
Pinwheel Garden Locations
Bob Keefer Center
Springfield Relief Nursery
Albertsons (18th Ave.)
Les Schwab Tire Center
McKenzie DHS Center
River Road Parks & Rec.
Unitarian Universalist Church
Harbick’s Country Inn
McKenzie Fire & Rescue
McKenzie Valley Presbyterian Church
Walterville Elementary School
Lundy Elementary School
Lowell High School
Oakridge Elementary School Oakridge High School
First Assembly of God Church
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
Cetera Advisor Networks
Main St. Planter Garden
Peggy’s Primary Connection
Cake & Peony Children’s Boutique
Elmira Junior High
Fern Ridge Library
Pacific Hometown Insurance
US Forest Service Department
Veneta Fire Station
In 2016, these signs urging the public to support a parent were displayed as ads in LTD buses. This year, they’ll serve as signs paired with pinwheel gardens to let people know what the rows of sparkly whirligigs are all about.
Easy Ways to Help
No matter who you are, you have a part to play in preventing child abuse. You may be in a position to give help – or a position to receive it. It’s all about being the best parent you can be . . . and about supporting parents to do so. Here, ideas for things you can do, whatever your role.
I’m a Parent
I Can Help a Parent
Often, people want to help – they’re just not sure how. Neighbors and friends want to be asked, and you’ll be surprised at how much they can offer.
Lanekids.org is a great resource for parenting blogs, information, and tips. Check it out!
Connecting can be quick but worthwhile. “What was the best thing that happened to you today?” is a great conversation starter with kids.
You are not alone. If you have a question about parenting, it’s guaranteed someone else has asked the same thing. Whether you join a parenting group in person or reach out online, communication helps.
Go Easy on Yourself
Raising kids is hard work. It’s OK to give yourself a break – let your partner take over for an afternoon, or do something nice for yourself. Everyone needs positive reinforcement!
Helping others can put everything in perspective. Volunteer, or find an opportunity to pitch in as a family.
To decrease feelings of isolation, get to know the families in your neighborhood. Call or stop by for friendly conversation or to see if they need support.
Offer to babysit so that parents can have a night out or simply get caught up on chores or “to dos.” If you have kids yourself, create a schedule so that you and another family can take turns babysitting for each other.
Lend a Hand
Did one of your co-workers take a sick day? Check in with them to see if they need anything. Do their kids need a ride home from school or to an extracurricular activity?
Be forgiving. Sometimes parents experience unforeseen circumstances with their children. If a parent shows up late or cancels on a commitment, give them the benefit of the doubt.
If you are taking your child to an event or practice, check in with other parents to see if a carpool can be set up.
Listen. Oftentimes, parents just need to vent to someone who won’t judge them.
*Content developed in collaboration with United Way/LaneKids*
Lane County is a big place, and it’s often hard to know where to turn for help. These organizations aren’t the only ones out there doing wonderful work, but they’re a good starting place for parents or others looking for advice and support. Click on a region below to find assistance.
(If you know or suspect a child is in danger of abuse or neglect, you can contact Child Welfare at 541-686-7555 or the police at 911 for emergencies or 541-682-5111 for non-emergencies.
- Triple P, a online program emphasizing positive parenting, available to parents or children insured through the Oregon Health Plan through Trillium Community Health.
- “Children Do Come With Directions,” a downloadable resource that provides basic information on parenting and child development.
- Vroom, a program full of tips and activities on how to incorporate brain-building moments into your child’s day.
24-Hour Hotlines from various organizations can help at any hour of the day.
- Womenspace Domestic Violence Services (800-281-2800)
- Sexual Assault Support Services (800-788-4727)
- Looking Glass Youth & Family Crisis Line (888-689-3111)
- White Bird Crisis Line (800-422-7558)
211Info is a free, confidential hotline that connects callers to health and human services assistance. In Lane County, call 541-485-5211 or go online to 211info.org.
Centro Latino Americano, a bilingual, bicultural agency, offers services to Latino families.
Parenting Now! provides parents and educators the tools and resources to create and sustain healthy, safe environments for children. It also offers a searchable resource guide to help with everything from pregnancy to childcare to medical services.
The Relief Nursery in Eugene and Springfield prevents the cycle of child abuse and neglect through early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents, and preserving families.
The Family Relief Nursery helps families and children in Cottage Grove with parenting classes, early childhood education, respite care, and resource referrals.
What are our regional teams up to this month? Check out a list of what’s coming up, then click here to view events for the entire month of April.
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. Pinwheels are a symbol of the safe, happy, and carefree childhood that every child deserves. More than just an awareness campaign, the goal of Pinwheels for Prevention is to remind people to take action to prevent abuse and neglect from happening in the first place. When businesses and organizations across the country commit to displaying pinwheels in April, they make a public statement about the importance of recognizing both the seriousness of abuse and the opportunity we have right now – this month, this day, in this region – to end it.
Between Blue Friday and Blue Sunday is, of course, Saturday, which makes for a three-day weekend that can end Child Abuse Prevention Month on an action-oriented, engaged note. Since Saturday is often a day families spend together, look for a volunteer opportunity everyone can participate in, or reach out to children you know whose parents have to work that day. Whether you help another family or just create a fun day for your own, document it with photos and post on social media, tagging pictures with #BlueFriday or #BlueWeekend.
Faith in Action
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 raise awareness of abuse and the need for prevention through sermons delivered on the last Sunday of April. Blue Sunday began in 1994 with 20 churches. It has since expanded to include more than 7.4 million participants on 5 continents. While other faiths may not observe the day in such a formal or organized way, we see Blue Sunday as an invitation to any faith community to dedicate its day of worship to keeping children safe. No matter the day, “Blue Sunday” is an idea that can catch on in any group. Acting as one body against abuse and neglect is a powerful statement for any religious or spiritual organization to make.
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.
Click here to print off a Wear Blue flyer for your organization or group to encourage participation on April 27!
Promote Blue Weekend by urging individuals, organizations, and faith communities to get involved. Click here to download a flyer.
Pinwheels for Kids!
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
Lane County CAPM Through the Years
Check out the amazing pinwheel gardens and CAPM-blue spirit from all over Lane County.
2016 was a busy year for CAPM!
Every region of Lane County participated in 2015’s efforts.
Each year in April, 90by30 and its CAPM partners contribute 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 more op-eds this year!
Everyone Has a Part to Play in the Prevention of Child Abuse
April 12, 2018
The Register Guard
Jeff Todahl of 90by30 and the UO Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, and Julie Weismann and Corinne Boyer of Womenspace write that, "Although it can be hard to imagine, high rates of child abuse, child neglect and domestic violence are not an inevitable part of community life. Violence can be prevented - and everyone has a vital part to play."
Reconciling the Perceptions of Child Abuse
April 7, 2018
The Siuslaw News
Damien Sherwood of the Siuslaw News speaks to West Lane RLT Suzanne Mann-Heinz for an impressively deep dive into the statistics behind and realities of child abuse and neglect.
A Connected Child is a Protected Child
April 5, 2018
The Register-Guard Newspaper
Phyllis Barkhurst, Director of 90by30, writes that, "when children and young people have a group of caring and interested adults supporting them throughout their childhood, they are much less likely to suffer from abuse or neglect."
We All Play a Part in Keeping Children Safe
April 1, 2018
The Siuslaw News
Vonnie McClellan, the West Lane RLT's CAPM team leader, writes that, "by ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children — and by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities — we can help prevent child abuse and neglect."
Protecting Children is Everyone's Business
April 4, 2017
The Register-Guard Newspaper
Tova Stabin of Parenting Now! writes that "It’s a safe assumption that people (parents or not) want the best for children."
To Prevent Child Abuse, Lend a Hand to Parents
April 14, 2017
The Register-Guard Newspaper
Phyllis Barkhurst (90by30)and Jeff Todahl (UO Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect) write that "ending parental isolation — ensuring that all parents, especially single parents, are consistently connected to supportive friends, coworkers, neighbors, family members and communities — translates into better outcomes for kids."
Reach Out to Parents of Special Needs Kids
April 26, 2017
The Register-Guard Newspaper
Sue Desmond, a speech pathologist for Early Childhood CARES and the parent of a child with special needs, writes that "All parents need support . . . Parents of children with disabilities may need more support, but have access to less."
Public Service Announcements
In 2017, area radio stations aired these public service announcements in English and Spanish. We hope to reprise this great opportunity for outreach this year – stay tuned for more details on where you can hear the PSAs on the air in 2o18, or click below to listen online.
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 – check back as we add more for 2018 as April goes on.
Questions? Comments? Want to find out more about CAPM or about 90by30’s efforts to create safe, nurturing communities for Lane County children and families? Get in touch using the contact form below.