Childhelpers Summer Edition 2017

CHILDHELPERS Summer 2017 GREATEST NEEDS LIST FOUNDERS’ MESSAGE Celebrating 35 years of answering the call In 1979, following our encouragement and hard work — along with support from celebrities including legendary actress Sophia Loren — President Jimmy Carter designated the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. However, the years in between are a pivotal time we will always remember. That’s when First Lady Nancy Reagan asked us to help turn the nation’s attention to the taboo subject of child abuse. In 1982, we launched the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD. The response was immediate; the parents, caregivers and children of America had waited decades for such a resource. The first day our hotline was operational, Childhelp staff and counselors fielded a few dozen calls. Within a few months, our phones began to ring hundreds of times per day. Soon, the daily call logs began to tally into the thousands. Over the past year, the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline has fielded more than 100,000 calls and text messages from children at risk for or experiencing abuse, distressed parents seeking crisis intervention, and concerned relatives, friends, neighbors, educators, and law enforcement professionals who suspect child abuse may be occurring. In this issue of Childhelpers, we celebrate 35 years of answering the call with Childhelp’s National Child Abuse Hotline. We also reflect on the critical importance of keeping this resource active and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Like so many of Childhelp’s services, our hotline is more than just a helpful resource. It is a lifeline for abused, bullied and neglected children who might otherwise have nowhere else to turn. Thank you for sustaining 1-800-4-A-CHILD as a lifesaving service for children nationwide. Your generous support for this program and our comprehensive approach to prevention, intervention, treatment, and community outreach keeps Childhelp at the forefront of ending the epidemic of child abuse in America and allowed us to save more than 10 million children since 1959. For the love of a child, Sara O’Meara Chairman & CEO Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson President Co-Founder • New server for CA Village • Wireless internet access for Group Homes • VA Group Home furniture • New siding for buildings at VA Village • Generator for VA Village • CA Cottage Refurbishment • Maintenance Equipment for CA properties (backhoe, bucket mower, etc.) • Playground refurbishment for CA Village • Smart boards for CA classrooms • CA Village commercial kitchen appliances • Rehab TN Center playground equipment • New carpet for TN advocacy center For questions or more information on these and other pressing needs, please contact Michael Medoro at mmedoro@childhelp.org.