Pinwheel Project: Champaign County CASA

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Pinwheel Project Begins for Child Abuse Prevention Month, #WearBlueDay on April 5

Urbana, IL – Champaign County CASA is partnering this April with the Champaign Park District, the Urbana Park District, and numerous business sponsors on the Pinwheel Project to bring awareness to child abuse prevention in our community all month long.

Each pinwheel planted around town represents one child in our community who has been a victim of abuse or neglect. CASA responds to abuse and neglect by assigning a volunteer who speaks up for the child and ensures they find a safe and healthy home. Residents of Champaign County can now find pinwheels at parks, at locations of business sponsors, and at other partners around town.

New this year, CASA is participating in the state-wide #WearBlueDay on April 5, where anyone can wear blue, post on social media about why they support an end to child abuse and neglect, and use the #WearBlue hashtag.

Community members can “sponsor” one of the planted pinwheels for $10 at casa4kids.org/wearblue or learn more at casa4kids.org/pinwheels. All funding from the project goes towards promoting our April volunteer training, which begins April 16, 2019.

“The Pinwheel Project is critical to showing people around town that child abuse and neglect happens even in our community,” said Rush Record, Executive Director of CASA. “Champaign County CASAhas been providing the abused and neglected children of Champaign County with highly trained volunteer advocates for 25 years. These children have suffered through unspeakable abuse and it is imperative that their needs are met so that they can begin to heal.”

CASA provides all the training necessary to become an advocate. No specific experience is required however; you must be at least 21 years old, be willing to make the time commitment necessary to fulfill the role of a CASA advocate and pass a background check.

Partners of the Pinwheel Project include the Champaign Park District and Urbana Park District, Orange Krush Foundation, Busey Bank, Prairie Gardens, Cozad Asset Management, Fertilizer Dealer Supply, Iroquois Federal, BankChampaign, First Federal Savings Bank, Martin Hood, LLC, Clark-Lindsey Village, Napleton’s Auto Park, Michelle’s Bridal, the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, First State Bank, Heartland Bank & Trust, Torricelli & Limentato Attorneys at Law, and more. More information at casa4kids.org/pinwheels.

ABOUT CASA: CASA was established in Champaign County in 1994 and became the Guardian ad Litem for all abused and neglected children in 2004. CASA is a member of the National CASAAssociation as well as the Illinois CASA Association. CASA currently serves over 380 children in Champaign County.

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