In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Illuminate Colorado will be highlighting some of our statewide child abuse prevention partners in a new blog series. Follow along and learn about the different ways that individuals and organizations engage in CAP Month around the state!
Ralston House has been participating in Child Abuse Prevention Month and engaging their community in CAP Month activities for 5 years. They focus their efforts on attending city council meetings in their service areas for Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamations and helping each city/municipality kick-off their pinwheel garden campaign, and working with local partners to request that they host pinwheel gardens. They have been featured on Channel 9 for the last several years, and have also been featured in the local press for their large garden plantings!
Every year, they organize a large social media campaign that was originally started by Wheat Ridge Police Department, who first used the hashtag #PassThePinwheel and had their staff, officers, and detectives take selfies with pinwheels.
This is Ralston House’s largest awareness campaign, and through their efforts, they aim to engage volunteers, raise awareness for child abuse prevention, and share with their neighbors what they do at Ralston House.
“We look forward to meeting with City Council and municipalities in our service areas, and to working with businesses, organizations, schools, churches and groups to request that they host pinwheel gardens in recognition of CAP month,” said Tara Roesner, Development Officer at Ralston House.
Check our blog next week for another partner highlight!