April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month! All month long Harmony Home holds special contests and events to bring light to the issue of child abuse in our community in way of preventing child abuse from occurring. Some of these events are in person, such as Party in the Park for Prevention. Starting in April 2020, we have added Child Abuse Prevention Month activities on a digital platform as well! Join us from kickoff to closing this April.
A pinwheel garden planting happens at the beginning of April via Facebook Live at Harmony Home CAC as our digital kickoff to April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Community members of all ages are encouraged to join our efforts by planting blue pinwheels in the yards of their homes for the duration of April. The blue pinwheel, representing innocence is a national symbol for child abuse prevention. Pinwheels reflect the bright future all children deserve. The pinwheel is a positive emblem of the effect we can have when we work together to prevent child abuse. Pinwheels can be picked up from Harmony Home, just give us a call and we will get them ready for you! This events runs through the entire month of April. Add us on Facebook today and join us in planting a pinwheel garden on April 5, 2022 at 3:00pm via Facebook Live! If you need pinwheels shipped to you, click the image to the left and pay a small shipping fee to receive your pinwheels.
Every year Harmony Home hosts Party in the Park in early April as our city-wide kickoff to Child Abuse Awareness Month. This year our Party In the Parking Lot will be held at Odessa Downtown Lions Club 1101 Whitaker Ave. This year's Party in the Park is anticipated to be bigger and better than ever! You won't want to miss this day of family bonding full of music, games, food, raffles, prizes and fun for all ages.
Blue Ribbon Week is geared towards our students. We hope these fun outfit suggestions will start the conversation amongst children and adults about Child Abuse Prevention Measures. This year's Blue Ribbon Week is scheduled for April 25-29, 2022. We want our entire community's participation as we come together to spread awareness for child abuse prevention!
Typically our coloring contest is distributed to ECISD students on campus and voting takes place offline. However, this April our coloring contest was completed online. Students were asked to take a picture of their completed Harmony Home Coloring sheet and post it using the hashtags #NoExcuseForChildAbuse #EveryChildMatters and tag Harmony Home and that’s it! They are then entered to win the coloring contest! Submissions for this contest run through the entire month of April.
Get outside and start creating some awesome chalk art! This activity is to get families out of the house and into the sunshine. All you have to do is create a picture with chalk, tag Harmony Home on Facebook, use our hashtags #NoExcuseForChildAbuse and #EveryChildMatters and that’s it! Submissions for this contest run through the entire month of April.
This activity is for everyone to show their support for the prevention of child abuse and maltreatment. Once you have decorated your door blue post it on Facebook, tag Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center, and use #BlueTheBasin, #EveryChildMatters, or #NoExcuseForChildAbuse. Submissions for this contest run through the entire month of April.
This year we will be tying blue ribbons around trees to help raise awareness for child abuse. When you see a blue ribbon please take a minute to think of the children in your life, and things you can do to protect them and other innocent children who need an adult to advocate for their safety. If you see something that concerns you please report it to local police or Child Protective Services let them do the investigation. Contact us to get your Blue Ribbon.
Your support of Harmony Home and our mission of Together... Breaking the Silence... Healing the Hurt means the world to the children we serve each and every day! We appreciate your support and dedication.