May 24, 2017 – Burke & Herbert Bank raised more than $2,200 for SCAN of Northern Virginia’s child abuse prevention programs through its an annual coin drive at branches throughout the month of April—National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Many individuals and groups contributed to this successful campaign including elementary school students and administrators in Alexandria City Public Schools who contributed $140 of the total collected. Burke & Herbert Bank matched coin donations made at its branches with a $1,000 grant.
“Burke & Herbert Bank is proud to support SCAN and its work to prevent child abuse in our community,” said Terry Cole, Burke & Herbert Bank Executive Vice President. “The coin drive is a great way for our customers and team members to contribute to such a worthy cause. As it has been during the past five years, their response was truly heartwarming.”
“Protecting children in our community is everyone’s responsibility. More than 7,000 children were reported as abused or neglected in Northern Virginia alone just last year. Yet, we know how to make a difference. Supporting parents and protecting children from abuse and trauma are critical to setting up our next generation for success,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN’s Executive Director. “That’s why SCAN is grateful for the generosity of partners like Burke & Herbert Bank and Alexandria City Public Schools who help us raise awareness across Northern Virginia about the devastating consequences of child abuse and invest in programs that work right here in our own community. “
Burke & Herbert Bank, established in 1852, is the oldest bank in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the oldest continuously operating bank in the Washington, D.C. area. The Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking products and services to meet customers’ banking, borrowing and investing needs. Burke & Herbert Bank is headquartered in Alexandria and operates 25 branches in northern Virginia. Visit burkeandherbertbank.com. Member FDIC.
SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is located in Alexandria, VA. Its mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect by: educating the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; providing direct parent education; and advocating for children in the community, the legislature and the court. Visit scanva.org to see how you can help.
We’re wrapping up the first full week of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time filled with planting pinwheel gardens to raise awareness, providing prevention trainings with partners in Alexandria and sharing our Kids Need Connections campaign materials with thousands across the region.
1 child becomes homeless in Virginia every 14 minutes.
1 child drops out of school in Virginia every 60 minutes.
Every 77 minutes, a child is abused or neglected in Virginia.
In an average moment, there are 4,475 children in foster care in Virginia.
Our work focuses on Northern Virginia, and we know that some of the children in these statistics are OUR CHILDREN. They attend our schools, live in our neighborhoods, maybe even have dinner at our tables. They are the reason we do so much this month and all year long to focus on CONNECTION and PREVENTION.
April is an important month at SCAN, but not because we’ve filled our schedule with events and ordered extra pinwheels and have our name in local newspapers. It’s important because it’s a very special opportunity to change those statistics. To change the lives of our community’s children, whom we are all responsible for.
This week’s post is straight from the desk of our Development Director, Karen Price. She’s been busy in recent weeks working with local businesses who’ve signed up to be Pinwheel Partners. Interested in where she’s been and why she’s carrying all of those blue pinwheels? Read on!
Watching the Amazing Race contestants this week carting around their Travelocity Roaming Gnomes actually kinda reminded me of the last few weeks I’ve spent visiting this April’s Pinwheel Partners with my little blue pinwheel in hand. This year, we have a great group of 16 (!) local businesses signed up to support child abuse and prevention month as Pinwheel Partners. Here’s some ways they are doing it:
TD Bank locations all over Northern Virginia will be collecting change for SCAN! Just go into any branch with your loose change, use one of their change counting machines and tell them you want the proceeds to go to SCAN. What a great chance to get the whole family involved in some philanthropy!
Ah Love Oil and Vinegar in Shirlington is not only offering pinwheels for sale all month long, but they are also hosting a special 15% on the 15th day. On April 15th, they’ll have food and samples and 15% of every purchase will go to SCAN’s programs!