Jan
1
to Dec 31

House Parties

House Parties

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

Name Tags

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.

Introductions

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.

Photographs

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!

Blogging

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.

Twitter

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, [1] go to www.twitter.com and [2] 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/.

Hashtags

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.

Facebook

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

•Low self-esteem

•Poor hygiene

If you see these signs in any children you know, reach out to them and to their parents and offer a helping hand.

Invitations

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.

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"20th Anniversary" 5k and WALK  FOR CHILDREN for Children | Montpelier
Aug
17
8:00 AM08:00

"20th Anniversary" 5k and WALK FOR CHILDREN for Children | Montpelier

The 20th anniversary  WALKS and RUN FOR CHILDREN  provides us with an opportunity to alert Vermonters to the need for a community commitment to child abuse prevention. Sponsors like McDonald’s and National Life have stepped up to help PCAVT send the important message that there is something that everyone can do to help. You don’t have to be a parent to care for the future of Vermont’s children. Every dollar you help raise in the 2019 WALKS and RUN FOR CHILDREN helps support and inform the many Vermonters who are parents, guardians, teachers, and child care professionals. As a united, educated, and supported community, we can better prevent the physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional maltreatment, and neglect of our children.

Vermont individuals, families, businesses, and organizations will step out to prevent child abuse in Montpelier and Rutland. We invite you to join us, to show your support and to further the mission. Together we will prevent child abuse, step by step by step. Food, snacks, water and tee shirts will be available for all WALKERS.

There will be a special guest in Montpelier : John Gailmore, Vermont singer, songwriter and entertainer! There will be team prizes for the top three teams at each WALK that raise the most in pledges. We have a wonderful assortment of raffle prizes at all WALKS. The registration is open at 8:00 and the WALKS and RUN start at 10:00.


Hear what Jon Gailmor has to say about our WALK FOR CHILDREN!

Jon in Johnson '14 #2.jpg

Location | The Statehouse

Registration begins at 8:00

The 5k and WALK start at 10:00


Route Directions

All Walkers start together.

  • With your back to the State House, take left on State Street.

  • Left on Elm Street.

  • Go to Spring St

  • Take a right on Main St

  • Go to State St

  • Take a right on State St

  • Back to State House lawn.

Please obey all traffic lights and use the sidewalks and crosswalks for your safety!!

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5K RUN FOR CHILDREN
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

5K RUN FOR CHILDREN

5K RUN FOR CHILDREN

The run coincides with the WALK FOR CHILDREN on Saturday, AUGUST 18, 2018, on the State House lawn, in Montpelier, with registration starting at 8:00 and the run at exactly 10:00.The course will start heading down State Street, take a left on Bailey Ave., once over the bridge take a right on the bike path, once at the Montpelier High School track take a left and go around the track one lap, then continue heading out on the bike path until the end at Junction Rd., turn around and head back the exact same way (doing another lap in the other direction on the track), and back to the State House. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

There is a $20.00 entrance fee.

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WALK FOR CHILDREN | Rutland
Sep
28
8:00 AM08:00

WALK FOR CHILDREN | Rutland

The 2019 WALK FOR CHILDREN  provides us with an opportunity to alert Vermonters to the need for a community commitment to child abuse prevention. Sponsors like McDonald’s and National Life have stepped up to help PCAVT send the important message that there is something that everyone can do to help. You don’t have to be a parent to care for the future of Vermont’s children. Every dollar you help raise in the 2019 WALK FOR CHILDREN helps support and inform the many Vermonters who are parents, guardians, teachers, and child care professionals. As a united, educated, and supported community, we can better prevent the physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional maltreatment, and neglect of our children.

Vermont individuals, families, businesses, and organizations will step out to prevent child abuse in Montpelier and Rutland. We invite you to join us, to show your support and to further the mission. Together we will prevent child abuse, step by step by step. Food, snacks, water and tee shirts will be available for all WALKERS.

There will be team prizes for the top three teams at each WALK that raise the most in pledges. We have a wonderful assortment of raffle prizes at all WALKS. The registration is open at 8:00 and the WALKS and RUN start at 10:00.

Here is the Route;

  • Take a left out of the Main St Park

  • Go down West St.

  • Take a left on Merchants Row

  • Take a left on Center St

  • Take a left at Main St and back to the Main St. Park.


Location | Main St. Park

Registration begins at 8:00

Walk begins at 10:00

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Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Vermont Sports Hall of Fame

Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Announces Its Class of 2018

COLCHESTER, Vt. — Olympians, basketball stars, an auto racing legend, football and ice hockey record-setters, coaching greats and a chronicler of Green Mountain sports are the 13 newest members of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. The VSHOF Board of Directors announced its sixth class of inductees on January 9, 2019 at the Tarrant Center on the campus of Saint Michael’s College.

The inductees include: World Cup champion and Olympic moguls skier Ann Battelle; state and NCAA hockey championship coach Bill Beaney; softball standout and pro baseball player Elizabeth Burnham; four-time Olympic Nordic skier Larry Damon; stock car driver Harmon ‘Beaver’ Dragon; field hockey star Jenny Everett; football and track star Jeff Hughes; basketball legends Layne Higgs and Rich Tarrant; Olympic Gold Medalist snowboarder Ross Powers; record-setting state amateur golfer Holly Reynolds; and Olympic alpine skier Tiger Shaw. The late Mal Boright, a legendary journalist and a founder of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, was selected by the hall’s board of directors as its David Hakins Inductee.

The seventh Hall of Fame Class will be formally inducted on April 13, 2019 at the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration to be held at Trader Duke’s Hotel in South Burlington. The presenting sponsor of the annual event is Casella Resource Systems.

Proceeds from the event go to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the designated charity of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. The first six dinners and events have raised close to $20,000 to PCAVT. Last year's dinner was a sell out.

For more information about the dinner and to purchase tickets go to: https://www.vermontsportshall.com/dinnerinfo.html.

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Apr
2
10:30 AM10:30

2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month, State House Proclamation Ceremony

2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month

Proclamation Ceremony at the State House

                             

Montpelier, Vermont -- On April 2, 2019, Governor Phil Scott, will proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Vermont. The ceremony, which will take place at 10:30 am in the Cedar Creek Room at the State House, will be co-hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAVT) and the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF).

Speakers will include Secretary Gobeile,  DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz, and PCAVT Board President Steve Dale. To help bring attention to the importance of safe and happy childhoods for all Vermont children, PCAVT staff and volunteers planted a pinwheel garden on the State House lawn earlier in the morning. PCAVT also will serve Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to all participants following the ceremony.

For the April "nurturing you children's spirits Calendar", click here.

For instructions to make your own pinwheek, click here.

The “Pinwheels for Prevention” movement is bringing the belief in prevention to life in a number of ways in communities nationwide. The movement is based on the belief that we must do more than simply respond to cases of abuse through prosecution and intervention – we need to provide programs and policies that focus on the child development process, engage communities and create conditions that allow parents to be the kinds of parents they want to be. These programs and policies include strategies such as home visiting, parent education, mutual self-help support, mental health services and substance abuse treatment. 

Prevention priorities have historically lagged behind abuse response measures such as intervention and prosecution, but the “winds of change” have clearly begun to blow. The Pinwheels for Prevention movement began in the wake of a study released in January by PCA America and the Pew Charitable Trusts. The study documents pervasive and long-lasting effects of child abuse and neglect on children, their families and society as a whole.

 Pinwheels for Prevention is the grassroots signature campaign for PCA America and its 50 chapters nationwide. The pinwheel has come to symbolize a person’s commitment to truly preventative measures, such as home visitation services, parent education and the overall re-prioritization of our policies, programs and resources to ensure that every child in the United States is provided with a healthy, safe and nurturing home and an involved, supportive and caring community.

We are asking that schools, towns, businesses, communities and the public plant a pinwheel garden to reflect the support for child abuse prevention.

As the national symbol for child abuse prevention is the Pinwheel, and we would like to have as many schools, towns, businesses, communities and the public plant a pinwheel garden to reflect the support for prevention by planting a “Pinwheel Garden”. One way to show support would be to plant a pinwheel garden at your place of business to show your staff and the public that children are our future and that you support child abuse prevention.

 This entails purchasing pinwheels from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for $1 each, with the recommended amount being 100 pinwheels and planting them in the ground during the month of April. If the Pinwheel Gardens were up for only the day of the proclamation, it would make a big impact.

 Last year several towns, libraries, businesses, fire departments and individuals planted “Pinwheel Gardens” in support of child abuse prevention. Prevention does work: from 1990 to 2018, all forms of child abuse in Vermont are down by over 34%!

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Feb
1
to Apr 30

Just Desserts For Kids

Just Desserts for Kids

During the holiday and winter time, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont partners with restaurants for a very special fundraising event, JUST DESSERTS FOR KIDS. This is a flexible special event that raises awareness and funds to benefit Vermont's children and families and provides customer/community recognition, goodwill and additional dessert sales for participating restaurants.

Restaurants contribute a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their desserts to PCAVT. The amount of the contribution per dessert and the time period dedicated to JUST DESSERTS FOR KIDS is entirely up to each restaurant.

PCAV's responsibilities: PCAVT supplies 3 posters and table tents enough for every table to each participating restaurant. PCAVT will send press releases to local newspapers and radio stations expressing appreciation and promoting each participating restaurant.

Restaurant's responsibilities: Restaurants will put up the 3 posters and place a table tent on each table during the period of participation. Restaurants will track the number of desserts and mail their contribution to PCAVT at the end of JUST DESSERTS FOR KIDS.

If you're interested in becoming a restaurant partner and supporting Vermont's children and families, please click here for a printable JUST DESSERTS FOR KIDS Letter of Agreement Form or contact PCAVT at: Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, PO Box 829, Montpelier, VT 05601; phone number 802-229-5724 or toll free in Vermont 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373); Fax 802-223-5567; or email - pcavt@pcavt.org.

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