Pinwheels for Prevention®
Prevent Child Abuse America launched the national Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign in April of 2008. Since then, over 5 million pinwheels have been displayed nationwide. The campaign symbol, a blue and silver pinwheel, is a reminder of the happy childhoods and bright futures that all children deserve. Prevent Child Abuse Oregon (PCAO) adopted the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign to spread a message of resilience, engage communities, and inspire action across Oregon communities.
Pinwheels for Prevention 2019 was a huge success thanks to many partners across the state. Check out our Pinwheels 2019 Wrap Up which includes highlights from local activities.
There are endless ways to help lift up prevention during Child Abuse Prevention Month. You can:
- Share one of our Child Abuse Prevention Month infographics with your friends, family, and coworkers: Parent Infographic, Child Infographic, Pinwheels for Prevention Infographic.
- Host a community baby shower for your local Relief Nursery, battered women’s shelter or homeless shelter.
- Help bring a Protect Our Children sexual abuse prevention training to your community.
- Organize a carnival or block party in your community.
- Organize a 5k run or golf tournament to benefit prevention programs in your area
- National Library Week is in the month of April. Ask your local library to feature resources on positive parenting and child abuse prevention.
Here are other examples of how communities have joined the effort to prevent child abuse:
Businesses can post Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign messages on their outdoor marquee sings, display campaign flyers and pinwheels in their store windows, display the campaign poster on their employee bulletin boards, host a lunch for employees and invite speakers to provide information on community resources, or host a family-friendly event such as a cookout with activities designed to encourage parent-child interaction.
Schools can include articles on healthy child development and ideas for positive parent-child interaction in newsletters or sponsor an essay or art contest with a child development or family-oriented theme based on the school curriculum.
Churches or Synagogues can sponsor support groups for parents, offer classes on parenting and child development, or provide members with ideas about how they can be good neighbors and provide opportunities for them to reach out to families in their communities.
Civic groups can set up pinwheel gardens and distribute campaign flyers, posters or information on community resources to libraries, grocery stores, banks, shopping centers and other high traffic areas throughout the community.
Early Learning providers can offer parents a list of available community resources (such as parenting classes or support groups), offer ideas for activities that help parents bond with their children, or provide an evening of free childcare for parents who need a break.
Law enforcement officials can provide neighborhood and online safety presentations for businesses, schools, and religious or civic organizations.
Media outlets can provide stories on community programs that are having a positive impact on children and families, report on the connection between healthy child development and healthy economic and community development, and encourage businesses to adopt family-friendly business practices by recognizing family-friendly businesses in the community.
Local politicians (mayor, city council, county commission, school board, etc.) can issue a declaration or proclamation recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month or expressing their support for the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign.
Have questions? See our FAQ.