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Pinwheels for Prevention

Wednesday, April 1, marks the start of Child Abuse Awareness Month. However, this is no joking matter.

  • Date:

    April 1-30, 2020

  • Time:

    All Day

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Going Blue

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Wednesday, April 1, marks the start of Child Abuse Awareness Month.  In years past, over 17,000 pinwheels spun all across the Metro Area throughout the month of April as part of Project Harmony’s Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign to raise awareness of this life-threatening issue.  This year, we are unable to distribute pinwheels due to social distancing recommendations by the CDC. Therefore, we need your help more than ever spreading awareness.

You can help us by downloading this printable pinwheel, decorate it blue and join us on a pinwheel hunt!  Place your decorated pinwheel on a street side window or door throughout the month of April. Then, as a community uniting to end child abuse, families can enjoy some fun and fresh air (while keeping a healthy distance) as they walk or drive around counting how many pinwheels they can find. We encourage you to share your creative pinwheels with us by tagging us in your photos through FacebookInstagram and/or Twitter.

Want to do more?

Make a donation to Project Harmony, now through the month of April, and we will plant a pinwheel for you on our campus in July. Project Harmony will recognize all donors throughout the month of April here on this page as well as through our social media channels in July celebrating National Be Someone Day!

Participate in Take Out Tuesday throughout the month of April at one of the following locations and receive a pinwheel to display at your home or office.

  • Pitch (all locations)
  • Stokes (all locations)
  • Stokin Goat
  • Taxi’s
  • Paradise Bakery (all locations)
  • Oklahoma Joe’s
  • Jams Legacy
  • Hiro 88 (all locations)
  • Don & Millies (all locations)
  • Twisted Fork

Child abuse does not discriminate.  It spans all racial, gender, socioeconomic and demographic boundaries.  In 2019, Project Harmony provided services to over 4,000 children within our community in response to child abuse.  Of these cases, 61% were sexual abuse, 27% neglect, 19% physical abuse and 6% witness to violence.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America® introduced the blue pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  The pinwheel represents the great childhood that every child deserves, and the role we each play in providing a loving and supportive environment for the children in our lives.

“April provides an opportunity for all of us, individuals and organizations alike, to take action by learning more about prevention and supporting organizations that support children,” said Project Harmony Executive Director Gene Klein.  “A cause is only as strong as the people who support it and together we can end child abuse.”

The Omaha skyline might also look a little bluer this month, starting April 9, the WoodmenLife Tower will shine blue in recognition of April Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Thank you to our Pinwheels for Prevention Donors:

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Sheryl Alvey
  • Jeaniene and Ted Bolamperti
  • Lori A. Brennan
  • Erin Carnahan
  • Roy and Karen Collins
  • Judy and Ward Combs
  • Dawn and Sid Dinsdale
  • Laurie and Thomas Dunbar
  • Environmental Quality Experts, LLC
  • Fashion Institute Midwest
  • Roger Gerstner
  • Angela Hamilton
  • John Houlihan
  • Alice and Mollie Johnson
  • Mark and Jacque Marchese Family
  • Leonard Management McDonald’s
  • Luke and Christine Klinker
  • Jodie Mackintosh and Family in honor of Kathy Mackintosh
  • Chris and Jim Murphy in Honor of Tye McDougal
  • Friend of Family in Honor of Tye McDougal
  • Janet and Tom Nichting
  • Don and Rita Otis
  • Sharon and Richard Pleiss in Memory of Donna Holmes
  • Erin and Joe Pogge
  • Resilience Mental Health Services
  • Doris Sladek
  • Lynn Snodgrass
  • Tye’s Fan Club
  • Kathleen Uehling
  • Jane Wagar
  • Ellen and Stavely Wright
  • Bret and Jaime Wyant
  • Traci and Tom Zuk

We wish to thank you for your hospitality and the wonderful program and tour of Project Harmony. We are so fortunate to have an organization acting on the behalf of our children with such outstanding enthusiasm and dedication.

- Rotary Club of Omaha Northwest

Thank you so much for coming to Children’s and speaking to our staff. Your talk on “Understanding Poverty” was excellent, and I could see “wheels turning” as some staff members commented on simple ways their interactions might make a difference for children and parents.

- Patty Carrell, CMSW

I have felt that my input has been highly valued and respected when it comes to doing my job, and that is something that speaks volumes to the working environment here at Project Harmony.

- Brenda Jewell

We began collaborating with the Project Harmony through their Connections program last year, and we’ve continued the partnership. Connections represents an extremely valuable partnership and an opportunity to provide our students with a bridge to mental health services.

- Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Our experience and partnership with Project Harmony/Connections has been fantastic! It is a comfort knowing we have a partner who can connect our students and families with the appropriate resources in times of crisis or trauma.

- Millard Public Schools

This shadowing experience actually made me very interested in this field. One aspect that helped me narrow my choice of careers is the environment that Project Harmony had. It was very upbeat, cheerful and bright.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Project Harmony for planning and delivering professional development to our 70 counselors, social workers and community counselors. We feel fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community to partner with.

- Millard Public Schools

You have a top rate program – really national quality. I’m totally impressed.

- Lisa Fontes

At our last D2 Center Board meeting, I was describing the training and professional development we provide for our staff. At the top of the list was Project Harmony. Please know that you are providing an invaluable service to nonprofits in our community.

- Greg Emmel

Congratulations on the great media coverage of your Stewards class at Project Harmony on WOWT. You did a great job articulating the importance of prevention, and Susan was amazing too. Thank you so much for your partnership and all the important work you are doing.

- Cindy McElhinney – Darkness to Light

Just wanted to know that you made a difference in my life, and I will be using that momentum to make a difference in the lives of others. You are truly a rock star and a role model for me. Thank you for a new life I’m getting the chance to live.

- Anonymous

Many children through my caseload have received a backpack generously donated to the Project Harmony Triage Center. I have witnessed many faces light up when given the opportunity to pick out a new backpack, and I am very grateful for the generosity of the Junior League.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

I have never felt as valued at other organizations like I do at Project Harmony. I really feel that the culture of a working environment is incredibly important. If an employee feels respected, valued and supported, that person will likely give more to fulfill the mission.

- Javier Castellote

Nick and Javier were great teachers and role players. It gave us an opportunity to see how someone in that situation would have reacted to our questions. They did a great job at showing us the difference between sympathy and empathy.

- Anonymous

I was able to shadow Mr. Nick Zadina. He was in charge of dealing with abused kids and help them. I am thankful to know all the information I learned during shadowing because it was eye opening.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

The experience at Project Harmony was a deepening reminder of empathy that will be vital in my career as a nurse. I felt my perspective was widened on how others think, especially when discussing the assumptions we make.

- Anonymous

I didn’t know how many people work at Project Harmony, so I drew a lot to show how much Project Harmony means to me!

- Project Harmony Client

As difficult as a removal is on a child, the backpack they receive at Project Harmony provides a sense of belonging and hope. It truly is amazing something that seems so simple can change the perspective and shine light on these children.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

Great leadership for a wonderful cause with outstanding long-term goals. Keep on doing all the good you do.

- Bill & Jean O’Conner

Project Harmony is the reason I started my journey in college. I just finished my associates and I'm going for my bachelors now in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. Y'all helped my daughter back in early 2013 and I knew what I wanted to do with my life — help children.

- LaLa Ann

A young lady who works in our field told me that she loved what we do here at Project Harmony — she had been to Project Harmony seven years ago for a forensic interview. She said her positive experience was the biggest reason she is doing the work that she is today.

- Trainee

I found out that my foster son is going to have a forensic interview here at Project Harmony soon. It’s been interesting being on the other side of things and feeling so reassured that the child I care so deeply about is in very caring and capable hands.

- Jessica Kroeker

Nick demonstrated how one person could impact a huge group of student nurses by just attending his presentation. He gave me the reason, the courage to act, and the knowledge how to save victims that I will face in my future nursing career.

- Anonymous

I recently attended the Testifying Training course. Since that class I have been subpoenaed three times, and I had to testify at each hearing. Without this class I would have been less than prepared and too nervous to be credible. Thank you so much!

- Jenny Lewis

You are part of the solution.

The cycle of abuse does not have to continue, but we can’t end it alone. Anyone has the power to be someone who makes our community a safe place for all children.

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