Do you enjoy spending time with family and friends? Celebrating birthday and anniversaries? How about sporting events? Or dinner and cocktail parties?
If you answered yes to any of those - you can host a House Party!
June is House Party Month and we invite YOU to host a 'House Party' to increase public awareness as to why healthy child development is so important to our communities and what we can do to ensure that child abuse and neglect never occur.
How do I start?
If you would like to host a house party, think about the usual times you, your family and friends already get together; sporting events, birthdays, special religious occasions, anniversaries, promotions at work, house warming. All of these events are an opportunity to provide information to friends and relatives about the importance of healthy child development, and the innovative ways we are preventing child abuse and neglect in your communities and across the nation, while also raising funds to support Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
Ideas To Get You Started
Host a party by having a . . .
Game Night for 20: Invite friends and family over to play board games, ask for donations of $25 per family/person.
Baseball Night: Invite friends and family over watch a game, ask for donations of $25 per family/person.
Casual Dinner Party for 20: Have a dinner party, ask guests to donate $35 instead of bringing over sides or desserts.
Summer Bar-B-Q: Ask for $20 donations, provide food and games outdoors.
Fall Picnic for 50: Ask for $20 donations, provide food and games outdoors.
Football watch: Invite friends to watch a college football game and ask for $10 per person.
Birthday party: In lieu of gifts, ask guests to donate $20.
Holiday party: Center a party around a favorite holiday (Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, etc) have themed decorations and food, and ask friends to bring a donation of $25.
Night out: Ask your favorite restaurant or bar to sponsor your event by providing drinks or appetizers to guests, ask guests to donate $40.
Virtual Party: Send out a virtual invitation to family, friends and associates; a lot of people don’t have time for a party, but would send a donation to a virtual party.
A cosmetic or insurance representative may host a demonstration in which 20% of sales are donated to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
Order Pinwheels from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont to hand out as party favors, or give guests the opportunity to buy pinwheels – a fun, child friendly toy that symbolizes our efforts to ensure healthy child development as one of our nation’s top priorities.
Sell Prevent Child Abuse jewelry at your party or have them order online themselves.
***Donation amounts are completely up to you – these are just a few ideas to get you started
Planning Your Party
Who: Invite you friends, family and those interested in the reason you are having an event. Spread the word to any and all!
What: What type of event do you want to have?
Where: Wherever you want – remember, it’s your party!
When: Have a party any time-it’s your party
Why: To increase public awareness and raise funds for child abuse and neglect prevention.
Because every child in Vermont regardless of wealth, will benefit from this social movement.
Fundraising: Pick a fundraising goal and give guests a suggested amount or ask people to contribute whatever they feel comfortable giving. All proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Donations will support the children and families in Vermont through our 14 prevention programs. No fundraiser is too big or too small!
Don’t want to go solo? Partner with a friend or your favorite restaurant or other neighborhood business.
Send donations collected at your party to:
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
P.O. Box 829
Montpelier, VT 05601
Be sure to keep track of who attends your House Party, especially so that you can contact them after the event to thank them. To facilitate this, you can print out the sign-in sheet template
If your guests won't know each other, encourage them to wear nametags. Make them beforehand if you know who will attend, or put out blank name badges or stickers along with a few markers and ask guests to create their own. Nametags will make it easier for guests to learn each other's names and facilitate discussion.
As your guests arrive, take the opportunity to welcome them. Introduce yourself-who you are and why you've chosen to host a House Party event. If the group is small enough, you might go around the room and invite each person to say their name and what brings them to the event.
Background Information on Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
You can also provide your guests with background on Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. PCAV will furnish materials. Also check out our web site at:www.pcavt.org.
Take pictures over the course of your House Party event if you can. You might decide to assign this task to a friend or volunteer so that you can stay focused on other details of the event.
Using Online Social Media
Creating awareness and excitement for your party is easy! It's also a great way to spread the word about Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
Online social media can connect with guests and other party hosts around the country to advertise your party and celebrate its success afterwards!
You can blog about House Party Weekend in your personal blog and please feel free to use, and customize, the sample blog post provided here in the toolkit. You can also write your own guest blog about why you're hosting a House Party Weekend event.
Use your twitter account to publicize your event and keep friends up to date about party details, invite all guests to follow you and use our ready-made "tweets" for hosts, found in our full toolkit!
Direct party guests to our Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Twitter page to get updates on the organization.
How to get started on Twitter
If you have not set up a Twitter account and would like to learn more about what it is and how you can join, please read the following information on how to get started:
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging site where you can post messages that are up to 140 characters in length to inform friends and followers of what you are doing. To set up a Twitter account,  go to www.twitter.com and  create a username and fill out a brief bio about yourself.
For more information on how to get started please take a look at the following source: www.twitip.com/how-to-set-up-a-twitter-account/.
A hashtag is a way to unite tweets around one topic. Hashtags are intended to be used when providing relevant and informative tweets about a specific topic. For the House Party initiative we are using #housepartyweekend. Please use this hashtag when contributing information to the stream of tweets. You [and other twitter users] can then search "#housepartyweekend" or simply click on this hashtag within tweets and find a stream of relevant messages.
10 Tweets for You to Use:
Raise awareness about preventing the abuse and neglect of children through a weekend of events supporting @PCAAmerica #housepartyweekend
Get involved: host/attend a party, host/attend a community event, and engage with businesses through promotions #housepartyweekend
My #housepartyweekend details: [fill in with date, time, place, etc]
Eat, drink, and support an important cause: [link to individual party page] #housepartyweekend.
Create an event page for your house party and invite all of your guests! Include party details, themes and information about the Prevent Child Abuse Vermont Facebook page and, links to our sites: Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
Prevention Tips for You
Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.
Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.
Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another's children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.
Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.
Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families, like parent support groups or day care centers.
Child abuse and neglect occur in all segments of our society, but the risk factors are greater in families where parents:
•Seem to be having economic, housing or personal problems
•Are isolated from their family or community
•Have difficulty controlling anger or stress
•Are dealing with physical or mental health issues
•Abuse alcohol or drugs
•Appear uninterested in the care, nourishment or safety of their children
By helping parents who might be struggling with any of these challenges, you reduce the likelihood that their children will be abused or neglected.
The behavior of children may signal abuse or neglect long before any change in physical appearance. Some of the signs may include:
•Nervousness around adults
•Aggression toward adults or other children
•Inability to stay awake or to concentrate for extended periods
•Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
•Unnatural interest in sex
•Frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries
If you see these signs in any children you know, reach out to them and to their parents and offer a helping hand.
You are cordially invited to attend a special gathering of friends to support the mission of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, moving Vermont to a leadership role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The gathering will be held at _______________
from ____ to ___ on _________, .
It is appreciated if a contribution of $________ be made to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for this event. 100% of your contribution is tax deductible. PCAV is a 501c3.
There will be brief remarks at ____________ to explain the role we each play in preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.
RSVP no later than __________. Via email at :_________________________or via mail with enclosed check.
Please make all checks payable to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.