Consider This Moment

L-12-MOMENTSINVA-022815We’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.

But it’s important we pause in our hectic schedules to remember why we do all of this work. Consider these statistics from Prevent Child Abuse Virginia:

  • 1 baby is born in Virginia every 5 minutes.
  • 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.

We hope you’ll help.

Wondering how you can get involved? Volunteer, plant a pinwheel garden or make a donation on April 22nd during Spring2Action, one incredible day of giving. 

A mid-month update: Smiles, pinwheels & so many more opportunities to make a difference!

blogblock_midApril2013We kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in a blur of smiles and blue pinwheels! On April 2nd we distributed thousands of public education materials at our exciting Allies in Prevention Awards (smiles courtesy of ABC7’s Leon Harris and our amazing 2013 honorees!), and we haven’t slowed down since. From visits to dozens of local businesses and faith groups (otherwise known as Pinwheel Partners) to attending the statewide Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Conference to media coverage in the local papers and even on the ABC7 evening news, SCAN staff and volunteers have found a renewed energy and commitment this month to empowering adults right here in our community to prevent child abuse and neglect.

SCAN’s “regular” work continues, too. Our Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program just completed a new round of Volunteer Training and hosted a swearing-in for 14 new volunteer child advocates this month. Our Parent Education Program kicked off a new ABCs Para Padres (ABCs of Parenting) Class for Spanish-speaking families in April, and is hosting a number of fantastic Parent Workshops this spring covering topics like immigration law and family financial planning.

To top it all off we’re thrilled to report that through our participation in Alexandria’s amazing one-day Spring2Action event yesterday, generous donors helped us raise over $4,000 for SCAN’s programs!

So we may be half-way through Child Abuse Prevention Month, but there are still SO MANY opportunities to take action this April:

1. THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20th, attend a Stewards of Children Training with SCAN at McLean Baptist Church. We’ll be training participants to recognize, respond and react to signs of child sexual abuse. EVERY adult in our community should have this training. Consider your faith group, local youth sports organization or neighborhood. Who else might be interested in this information? Learn more (and register) here.

2. THROUGH APRIL 30th, donate your change at a local Burke & Herbert Bank location and they will match up to $1,000 for SCAN! Simply let your teller know you want to donate your coins to SCAN, and they’ll take care of the rest. For participating locations, see the official flyer here.

3. ALL MONTH LONG, visit our Pinwheel Partners in your community. Tell them you appreciate that they’re making a commitment to your community’s children and families. Buy a pinwheel from them to support SCAN, and then plant that pinwheel in your front yard, at your workplace or with your faith group.

4. ALL YEAR LONG, spread the word that EVERY CHILD & FAMILY MATTERS by sharing SCAN’s The Little Picture campaign. Check out our resources for community members and organizations to share here.

p.s. And don’t forget – we love to hear about everything you’re doing this month for SCAN! Plant a pinwheel? Send us a pic! Visit a Pinwheel Partner? Message us on Facebook!

What is a Pinwheel Partner?

PinwheelPartner_ClingWe’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from dozens of local businesses and faith groups who have joined us as Pinwheel Partners this year during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. From salons and toy stores to coffee shops and churches, there are so many places where you might see the official Pinwheel Partner decal this April! But what does being a Pinwheel Partner really mean? For many local businesses, it means they’ll be selling pinwheels for $2 to raise money for SCAN, distributing materials from our The Little Picture: Every Child & Family Matters campaign or hosting special events to support our programs. It’s an exciting program because every Pinwheel Partner provides a way for us to reach new neighborhoods and families we might not otherwise touch.

In addition to our important organizational partners, we consider every individual who buys a pinwheel or supports these partners during April a Pinwheel Partner. Because—when it comes down to it—being a Pinwheel Partner is really about simply saying, “I’m planting this pinwheel because I support the prevention of child abuse and neglect.” We invite businesses, faith groups and individual community members to get involved this April:

  • BHB Flyer.pubPurchase a pinwheel from one of our Pinwheel Partners (see the full list here) or make your own here! Plant it at home, your office, school or faith group. Spread the word that you believe every child and family matters.
  • Register for our April 20th Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training held at McLean Baptist Church. Learn more here.
  • Use our bulletin inserts, fact sheets and newsletter articles at your place of worship or local school.
  • Tweet about the campaign! @scanofnova #TheLittlePicture #PinwheelsforPrevention
  • Donate your change to SCAN at one of the 10 Burke & Herbert Bank locations with a Change Machine. Find locations here. Burke & Herbert Bank will match up to $1,000 in donations to SCAN!

We believe every child and family matters. Every Pinwheel Partner does, too. So the important question isn’t ‘What is a Pinwheel Partner?’—it’s ‘Are you ready to be one?’

SCANStop: Why I’m carting shiny blue pinwheels around with me everywhere…

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!

If fashion is more your thing, the Women’s Association of Northern Virginia is hosting a fashion show to benefit SCAN on 4/11.

You can buy your very own pinwheel at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Del Ray or any of the following businesses:

Fish Market in Old Town

Pop’s Ice Cream in Old Town

Virginia Commerce Bank in Del Ray

Blanca’s Bridal & Florist in Westover

Kinderhaus Toys in Clarendon

Nirvana Reflexology Spa in Shirlington

Ruby Tuesday will be donating 20% of proceeds at the Eisenhower Avenue location to SCAN on April 25th, if you mention SCAN to your server.

They aren’t the only ones donating a portion of their proceeds to SCAN.  Check out these other Pinwheel Partners:

Visit and make a note of SCAN when you purchase something – 10% of website sales will be donated to SCAN.

Buy a pinwheel for $1 and Monday’s Child will match your $1 and pay the sales tax on your purchase!

$1 from every ad sold in the Alexandria Times in April will be donated to SCAN.

It’s going to be a busy month!

~ Karen

p.s. If you know a local business ready to help us reach more families this April, email me at or check out our official Pinwheel Partners page here.