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Every April, Dunebrook joins with organizations across the nation to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. The public is invited to join Dunebrook in these April activities:
April 6-11: Al’s Supermarkets Register Event
Donate $1 or more at check-out at any Al’s locations in Michigan City or LaPorte and write your name on a paper boy or girl for display at Al’s to show your support of child abuse prevention.
April 6: Fannie May Give Back
Load up on your Easter and Mother’s Day treats and support Dunebrook. Voucher available at www.dunebrook.org. Good from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
April 7: “No Excuse for Child Abuse” Annual Awareness Walk
Meet at Ames Field, Michigan City, by 6 p.m. Round-trip walk travels south on Franklin Street to Al’s Supermarket. Rain, snow or shine.
April 12: Buffalo Wild Wings Give Back, Valparaiso
Stop in at Buffalo Wild Wings, 212 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a percentage of all meals purchased will be donated to Dunebrook. Dine in or carry out. Voucher available at www.dunebrook.org.
April 15–21: Ace Hardware Register Event at LaPorte and Michigan City locations
Donate $1 or more at check-out and write your name on a paper boy or girl for display at Ace Hardware to share your support of child abuse prevention.
April 22: Dunebrook “On the Air” Breakfast & Open House
WEFM 95.9 FM’s “Fun in Michiana” returns to Dunebrook at 9 a.m. Chat with Dunebrook Executive Director Jeanne Ann Cannon, visit with staff and tour Dunebrook at its headquarters, 7451 W. Johnson Rd.
April 26: Buffalo Wild Wings Give Back, LaPorte
Stop in at Buffalo Wild Wings between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and a percentage of all meals purchased will be donated to Dunebrook. Dine in or carry out. No voucher necessary.
April 29: Prevent Child Abuse Porter County Awareness Walk
Meet at the Porter County Courthouse in Valparaiso; walk to Butterfield Pavilion on Calumet and back to courthouse by 10 a.m. Rain, snow or shine.
Dunebrook Executive Director Jeanne Ann Cannon said, “Last year, 1,433 cases of child abuse and neglect were substantiated in Region 2 of the Department of Child Services, which comprises LaPorte, Porter, Starke, Newton, Jasper and Pulaski counties. Sometimes people are afraid to get involved or don’t know how to get involved, but an anonymous telephone call to DCS can be the first step in getting help to a family.”
Any adult concerned about a child’s well being should call the DCS abuse hotline at 800/800-5556, or local police.
Experts note a correlation between child abuse and juvenile delinquency, substance use, depression, teen pregnancy, dropping out of school, and adult criminality. Preventing child abuse is key to giving every child the chance to reach his or her potential, and improving the quality of life in our community.
Cannon adds, “We are so grateful for our community partners who are helping to raise awareness this April, including Al’s Supermarkets, Buffalo Wild Wings and Ace Hardware. It takes a community to keep children safe.”
Funds raised from April activities will be used to support Dunebrook’s home visitation programs and Child Advocacy Center, which serve and educate more than 5,000 individuals every year.
For more information about Dunebrook’s April events, free and confidential parenting programs, and volunteer opportunities, call 800/897-0007 or visit www.dunebrook.org.