Pinwheel Project Going Strong
April 1, 2020 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pinwheel Project Going Strong for Child Abuse Prevention Month, #WearBlueDay on April 3
Urbana, IL - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Champaign County CASA is partnering this April with the Champaign Park District, the Urbana Park District, the Champaign County Courthouse and numerous business sponsors on the Pinwheel Project to bring awareness to child abuse prevention in our community all month long. Even under the stay-at-home order, CASA remains committed to ensuring no child falls through the cracks. We need the community’s help to look out for children during these challenging times.
Each pinwheel planted around town represents one child in our community who has been a victim of abuse or neglect. As part of the Pinwheel Project, CASA is looking for community members to participate in the state-wide #WearBlueDay on April 3, where anyone can wear blue, post on social media about why they support an end to child abuse and neglect, and use the #WearBlueDay hashtag.
Community members can also sponsor a pinwheel for $10 at casa4kids.org/pinwheels or learn more at casa4kids.org/pinwheels. 100% of the funding from the project stays local and helps prevent child abuse and neglect in Champaign County.
“The Pinwheel Project is critical to raising awareness about child abuse and neglect happens, especially during this time of social distancing in our State,” said Rush Record, Executive Director of CASA. “Champaign County CASA has been providing the abused and neglected children of Champaign County with highly trained volunteer advocates for over 25 years. These children have suffered through unspeakable abuse and it is imperative that their needs are met so that they can begin to heal.”
CASA provides community members training and mentoring necessary to become an advocate for a child who has been a victim of child abuse or neglect. No specific experience is required however; you must be at least 21 years old, be willing to make the time commitment necessary to fulfill the role of a CASA advocate and pass a background check.
See something, say something. Especially during the stay-at-home order when kids are at greater risk for child abuse and neglect, it’s up to us to help. Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873 or TTY 1-800-358-5117) if you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first. Your confidential call will not only make sure the child is safe, but also help provide the child’s family the services they need to provide a safe, loving and nurturing home.
About CASA: CASA was established in Champaign County in 1994 and became the Guardian ad Litem for all abused and neglected children in 2004. CASA is a member of the National CASA Association as well as the Illinois CASA Association. CASA currently serves over 380 children in Champaign County.