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Prevention Committee

 

Stephanie Gardella, Chair

CASA

402-932-5683


The MCAC Child Abuse Prevention Committee focuses on building community awareness of child abuse and community prevention of child abuse.  The current focus includes:  hosting Community Cafes using a national model, the annual Pinwheels for Prevention event and 5k fun run/walk, community exposure at local events including farmer's markets as well as outreach via social media and television and facilitating awareness activities and trainings throughout the year.  We are all volunteers.  Come join our efforts to support our work and share your ideas.


April is Child Abuse Awareness Month


Hello Runners and Walkers,


The 3nd Annual Pinwheels for Prevention 5k run/walk is right around the corner!


Race sign up for 2017 has opened and early registration fee is only $25.  We are excited to announce that this year's race will take place at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, coinciding with the kick-off Mayoral Proclamations!  Please join us at this event, whether you're a walker, runner, or just a spectator interested in family fun for a great purpose.  Race starts at 11:00am.


Saturday, April 8, 2016  

Planting of the Pinwheels!

Family Fun Resource Fair

Mayoral Proclamation

5k run/walk!




 Pinwheel 5k Run/Walk Details


Sign up for the 5k run/walk at this website: http://bit.ly/PinwheelRunOmaha


SpankOut Day Event


SpankOut day brings attention to non-violent methods of discipline that help promote caring, responsible and self-disciplined adults.  Food, childcare with activities, transportation (if needed) are provided at this year's event.  Representatives from agencies come to gather to talk about resources available for families.  Stay tuned to this page for announcement on upcoming SpankOut Day Events.






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Past History of MCAC Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.

2017
A great turnout this year in NEW booth sponsors.  Heartland Family Service, Lutheran Family Services, Children's Hospital and B.A.C.A. joined in.  We joined this year in our messaging with the Shaken Baby Task Force and the Prevent Child Abuse Pottawattamie County.    In addition to the annual pinwheel campaign and Mayoral Proclamation and Family Fun event at the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge, we held our first annual 5k run/walk which was an astounding success.  We have expanded our outreach to include participation in local Farmer's Markets.  By doing so, we have reached hundreds of families!  With the additional support and interest in our efforts, this summer included participating in Werner Park's "Community Organization of the Night" for MCAC where we got to throw out the first pitch and host an information booth for baseball fans.
2016
Believe it!  This year was our best turnout ever!   We garnered community support from more organizations and businesses and secured donations to be used for training and prevention efforts throughout the year. Our message continues to be supported each year by the Mayor of Omaha and the Mayor of Council Bluffs.  We continue to expand media appearances with visits to the Morning Blend, TV network interview spots and we remain active on social media.
2015
The year 2015 we grew by leaps and bounds.  In addition to the annual pinwheel campaign and Mayoral Proclamation and Family Fun event at the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge, we held our first annual 5k run/walk which was an astounding success.  We continued with the family safety expo at Westroads Mall, free child abuse awareness education.  Participation at these events has grown substantially.  The MCAC Prevention Committee also created and developed our first series of "Community Cafes".  These are events held throughout the year, not just the month of April, to continue outreach on child abuse prevention.  Community Cafes are facilitated by parents for parents.  Facilitators receive training and materials and hold local community cafe events in their own neighborhood.
2014
We are growing again! In 2014 Prevent Child Abuse Pottawattamie County and the Shaken Baby Task Force joined MCAC as agency partners.  The 2014 MCAC Prevention Committee initiated the Wear Blue Wednesday campaign, an opportunity for everyone to take part in child abuse prevention awareness.  Wearing Blue to work and sharing your stories and photos on social media was a simple and fun way to bring awareness!  A free workshop "Darkness 2 Light" was also offered this year.  This year also marked the second time that the Mayor's of both Omaha and Council Bluffs met each other on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge walk.  This event kicked off the month of activities on the first Saturday in April.  Following the proclamation a family fun fair was held at Playland Park on the Iowa side of the Missouri River.  In addition to the Westroad's Mall Safety Expo where tips and information as well as Pinwheels and novelties were handed out, the Blue Pinwheel campaign was remarkable.  Throughout the metro area local business partners planted blue pinwheels on major streets to demonstrate their participation and commitment to child abuse awareness and prevention.
2013
The 2013 MCAC Prevention Committee kicked off with a live TV interview on KMTV's Morning Blend Show.  The committee was able to secure grant funding to train 50 professionals on the Darkness to Light program aimed at raising awareness by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.  The Pinwheel program gained additional traction, planting blue pinwheels in various locations throughout Omaha on April 6, 2013. VolunteerSpot technology was used to organize activities, which included planting pinwheels on April 6, 2013, Mayoral proclamation at the pedestrian bridge on 4/6/13 and the Safety Expo on April 27, 2013.

2012

 

CLICK HERE for 2012 Pinwheel Campaign links and downloads! 


The 2012 MCAC Prevention Committee is taking the lead in promoting and sponsoring Nebraska's Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign.  With your help and support this year's campaign will be bigger and better than the Winds of Change 2007 campaign!  We have secured enough materials and promotional ideas to blanket high traffic areas of Douglas and Sarpy County area with as many as 1,700 Pinwheels designed to increase the awareness and prevention of Child Abuse.  Please visit our 2012 Pinwheel Campaign page for more information, links and downloads of fun kids activities and tips for parents.

2011

In 2011 the MCAC Prevention Committee was busy with a variety of ongoing initiatives, most recently the design, production and dissemination of thousands of well-baby instructional flyers to local hospitals, medical clinics, and community agencies.  The cards, printed in English and Spanish, provide parents of newborns with easy tips to remember in providing for the care and nurturing of their newborn.

2010

The 2010 Prevention Committee participated in the Rethink Your Reaction publicity campaign developed by the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and is busy planning additional publicity campaign ideas for 2011.  The program is designed to promote safe and healthy family interaction with posters, brochures, activity cubes and banners.  Please feel free to download, print and post RYR posters or click on the RYC posters attachment at the bottom of this page.  Or visit www.rethinkyourreaction.org for a whole host of resource materials!


THANK YOU to the following corporations for allowing Rethink Your Reaction campaign placemats distributed at their establishments.  Please frequent these businesses and let them know you appreciate their support!


Zio's Pizza

Sam and Louie's New York Pizzeria

Eppley Airfield Restaurants

 

Also special thanks to the following Omaha radio stations sponsorship of this year's Rethink Your Reaction campaign.  Please listen to them often to show your support.


The Big 'O' 101.9 FM

Power 106.9 FM


The MCAC Prevention Committee worked together with the Omaha Coalition for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health to promote a comprehensive and integrated system of care for young children with mental health needs and their families residing in the Omaha Metropolitan area.  


For more information please download and distribute this informational flyer.



 

Contact the committee chair if you would like to be involved in one of the next prevention activities!

 




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