Partners in Prevention to host community lunch and learn

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Partners in Prevention
For The Carolinian

Partners in Prevention is a collaboration of community organizations for Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April.

Partners in Prevention is hosting a public discussion panel to acknowledge the importance of the Spartanburg community working together to prevent child abuse and sexual assault and to draw attention to the effective prevention services provided by local agencies. This discussion panel, open to the public, will be held at the main branch of the Spartanburg County Library from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Monday, April 9th.

Spartanburg organizations joining together include United Way of the Piedmont, Hope Center for Children, Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition, and Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union. Partners in Prevention has published a calendar of events for the month of April, highlighting opportunities for the community to learn more about the issues and to become involved in prevention efforts. Calendars will be available during the April 9th lunch and learn panel discussion (bring your own lunch). Mayor Junie White will present a proclamation during the event stressing the importance of prevention efforts for the well-being of families and children in Spartanburg.

Heather Witt with United Way says, “The ability for a child to be successful is largely rooted in the social and economic wellbeing of their families and the community in which they live. This collective effort will help us to ensure that every child in our community can grow up in a health, safe environment.”

Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month is the nationally-designated time to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse, neglect, and sexual assault. SC Children’s Trust CEO Sue Williams commended Partners in Prevention for their leadership role in preventing child abuse in all forms.

“Their commitment sends a signal we are united as strong, passionate advocates for preventing child abuse and neglect,” Williams said. “Children’s Trust collaborates at the state and local levels to deliver effective prevention programs. No single public agency or community organization can do this work alone.”

Partners in Prevention encourages everyone to plant blue and silver pinwheels, the national symbol of child abuse prevention. Pinwheels or a pinwheel gardens planted in front of a home, business, church, school or agency represent the happy, healthy childhood every child deserves.

Individuals, organizations, and communities must work together to support parents and families. The best prevention practices start in every home, neighborhood, school and community by doing the simple things to keep children safe. Each of the agencies with Partners in Prevention has specific programs and services available to the community that can be accessed via their individual websites.


For more information, email Dana Bertolino with United Way of the Piedmont:

Press is invited to attend the April 9th discussion panel. There will be a designated area for cameras/mics. Please contact us for specific requests.