NEWS: GivingTuesday Kicks Off Year-End Giving Season!
November 29, 2016
Please Make a Year-End Gift to Support SCAN’s Child Abuse Prevention Programs: SCAN of Northern Virginia works to educate, energize and empower people to protect children in our community. As 2016 draws to a close, please consider a year-end gift to change the lives of children and parents who need it most:
- Your gift of $25 can provide a parent or pregnant teen enrolled in a parenting class with a Nurturing Parenting workbook, which can provide opportunities for self-reflection plus valuable reminders long after parenting class has ended.
- Your gift of $60 can cover the printing and production costs of one CASA volunteer training manual. This training manual serves as a valuable resource for all of our CASA volunteers long after their 6 week, 32 hour training has ended.
- Your gift of $150 can provide a pack and play with a bassinet, crib sheets and educational materials for new parents in our Operation Safe Babies program.
- Your gift of $200 can provide the ingredients to make dinner for a parenting class (average 20 parents; 25 children). Before each parenting session, SCAN serves a family style dinner for the participant families to create community and reduce barriers to participation.
> MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION HERE.
NEWS: 5th Annual Advocacy Day Empowers More Voices for Children in Northern Virginia
November 21, 2016
On November 18th, SCAN hosted its 5th Annual Speak Up for Children Advocacy Training, bringing together more than 40 elected officials, child welfare experts and community members for a day of public policy education and advocacy training.
Partners from Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and Voices for Virginia’s Children along with elected officials including Senator Jennifer Wexton and Senator Barbara Favola led discussions during the day-long, interactive workshop. The group discussed effective advocacy tactics, legislative updates and policy priorities for the upcoming 2017 VA General Assembly session.
A central portion of the training focused on advocating for public policy relating to substance-exposed infants, as well as Erin’s Law, which requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program teaching child abuse awareness, recognition and reporting for students, parents and school personnel. The law was introduced in Virginia last year but languished in the legislature.
The training was sponsored in part by Verizon. Volunteers from Boeing supported promotion, planning and facilitation of the event. Search for social media related to the event using @SCANofNOVA #SpeakUpforChildren. Explore resources from the training here.
NEWS: Toast to Hope Raises More Than $115,000, Honors Leana Katz with 2016 Cleary Award
November 13, 2016
SCAN’s 14th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser was held on November 12th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington’s Gallery. The event—which invited more than 200 guests to “Be Anchors for Children”—included food and beverage tastings as well as live music, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction emceed by former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley. The event raised more than $115,000 to support child abuse prevention programs in Northern Virginia.
At the end of the evening, SCAN presented the 2016 Cleary Award to Leana Katz, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer and ardent supporter of SCAN and its work in the community. Over nearly a decade of service as a CASA Volunteer, Leana has tirelessly advocated for 13 abused and neglected children across 7 families. Leana serves on SCAN’s Board Development Committee and is a founding member of SCAN’s Council of Young Professionals. She and her husband Marc are also founding sponsors of SCAN’s popular Croquet Day event each spring.
“Leana’s intimate work with at-risk children in our community motivates her generosity and leadership in strengthening our organization,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN Executive Director. A mother of three, Leana has been (more…)
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