Thanks to all for a great April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 2022!

April showers give bring May flowers!

You can make a difference in child abuse prevention bloom throughout our community.

We invite you to join us for a free Stewards of Children training from 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday, May 12 in Carlton. This two-hour training is for adults to learn how to recognize and respond responsibly to child sexual and other abuse. To register or for more information, email Carole Joa at carole@julietteshouse.

Plus – still going on!

Until June 30 – Juliette’s House is grateful to Carlton Corners for a variety of fundraising events launched during Child Abuse Prevention Month benefitting our child abuse intervention center. We are honored to be the inaugural recipient of their quarterly community give-back program with QR codes available on all tables linking to a couple of donation platforms so diners can make contributions. Diners can also “round up” their bill, with the difference becoming a donation. For every order of the Blue Caramel Burger special, $1 will be donated. Those attending Trivia Night May 25 at its sister restaurant, The Larson House, 190 S. Maple St., Yamhill, and May 31 at Carlton Corners, 150 North Yamhill St., Carlton, are being asked to make a suggested donation through the QR codes to play. Plus May 12 and June 9 will be “Beers, Brats and Bucks” night with a special dinner and 50/50 raffle tickets for sale, with the winner announced on June 14 collecting half of the sales and Juliette’s House receiving the other half!

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As spring blooms around Yamhill County you will also see blue ribbons waving and blue pinwheels twirling as Juliette’s House and community partners highlight National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April 2022.

The ribbons tied around trees and poles remind us of how we must wrap children in safety.

The sparkling, spinning pinwheels remind us of the bright future all children deserve.

Join Juliette’s House and our partners throughout the month of April in taking action to prevent child abuse (click on the links in purple type below for more information):

First off, spread the word

Child abuse can be stopped.

Take the 3 Simple Steps with Juliette’s House.

Those three steps are:

  1. Get trained. Take a free Stewards of Children training for adults to learn how to recognize and respond responsibly to sexual and other abuse. The next one coming up is 5:30 to 7:30 pm April 14 in McMinnville. Or bring a training to your civic organization, business, faith community, social group or other gathering of adults. To register or for more information, contact Carole Joa, Program Coordinator, at carole@julietteshouse.org. To learn more about programs for toddlers, school-age children and teens, contact Baylie Wafer, Prevention Education Director, at baylie@julietteshouse.org.
  2. Have the reporting child abuse hotline number – 855-503-7233 – handy. We all hope we never have to use it, but if a vulnerable child needs help we must be ready.
  3. Commit to at least one thing to support children and families in the community. Check here for some ideas, keep checking back as more are added and email yours to Maya Blackmun, Chief Communications Officer, at maya@julietteshouse.org.

Here’s what’s going on so far (and be sure to come back as more activities and events are added):

Every Friday – April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 – Wear Blue Day – Please join us in wearing blue, and silver if you’d like as they are the theme colors for National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, and spread the word about the month and taking the three steps above.

Yamhill County communities are proclaiming “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month,” noting that each of us has a role to play in stopping child abuse and urging their citizens to wear blue on every Friday (see more info below on that!) and to do what they can to invest in the lives of children. Our thanks to the following for their proclamations: The City of Sheridan on March 21, City of McMinnville on March 22, Yamhill County on March 31, City of Dayton on April 4, City of Carlton on April 5, City of Dundee on April 5, City of Lafayette on City of Amity on April 6, City of Willamina on April 12, City of Yamhill on April 13, City of Lafayette on April 14 and City of Newberg on April 18.

Throughout AprilPinwheels, ribbons and yard signs are available for you to put up at your home or business to draw attention to the importance of preventing child abuse; for more information or to arrange pickup email Diane Longaker, Community Engagement Manager, at diane@julietteshouse.org.

All month long Making a Difference is So Sweet! MacDaddy Donuts, 709 N.E. Third St., McMinnville, is highlighting the month with special donuts glazed in blue – including a ribbon of blue frosting – and selling for $28 a dozen with 20 percent of the sales being donated to Juliette’s House.

April 1 to June 30 – Juliette’s House is grateful to Carlton Corners for a variety of fundraising events launched during Child Abuse Prevention Month benefitting our child abuse intervention center. We are honored to be the inaugural recipient of their quarterly community give-back program with QR codes available on all tables linking to a couple of donation platforms so diners can make contributions. Diners can also “round up” their bill, with the difference becoming a donation. For every order of the Blue Caramel Burger special, $1 will be donated. Those attending Trivia Night May 25 at its sister restaurant, The Larson House, 190 S. Maple St., Yamhill, and May 31 at Carlton Corners, 150 North Yamhill St., Carlton, are being asked to make a suggested donation through the QR codes to play. Plus April 14, May 12 and June 9 will be “Beers, Brats and Bucks” night with a special dinner and 50/50 raffle tickets for sale, with the winner announced on June 14 collecting half of the sales and Juliette’s House receiving the other half!

A “blue plate” special, only sweeter through the end of April – The Common Cup,  516 S. Trade St., Amity, is offering “The Juliette.” The thin, blueberry sourdough waffle with homemade lavender blueberry compote and topped with whipped cream and lemon zest is $12, with $2 of each sale being donated to Juliette’s House.

Evenings throughout April  – A Free Online Prevention Education Series – Liberty House, the child abuse assessment center in Salem, is offering presentations for adults learning to keep children safe from 6 to 7 pm: Tuesday, April 5, “Healthy Touch for Children and Youth” on safe and respectful interactions and recognizing concerning behaviors; Thursday, April 7, “Bystanders Protecting Children” on protecting children from boundary violations and sexual abuse; Wednesday, April 13, “Commercial Sexual Exploitation” on the risks of commercial sexual exploitation of children who are sexually abused; Tuesday, April 19, “Cell Phones & Children, Best Practices” on young users’ perspectives and tools and resources to help families; Thursday, April 21, “Let’s Talk” on learning to identify each family’s values around sex and talking about it with children. To register, go to: https://irespectandprotect.com/trainings/. Contact: Rubisela Plata, rplata@libertyhousecenter.org.

Thursday, April 7 – Carlton is “Going Blue” for Child Abuse Awareness Month and on Ladies Night starting at 4 pm a number of businesses are donating a portion of their proceeds from the evening to Juliette’s House. That’s Craft Wine Co., Marshall Davis, Rough Cut Soaps & Sundries, The Violet Rose, Bull Run Distilling Co. Carlton Post and Park & Main so far and others may join in so check back to see!

Saturday, April 9Buy a Book, Make a Difference Third Street Books, open 10am to 6pm at 320 N.E. Third St., McMinnville, is donating 15 percent of the day’s sales to Juliette’s House for our work that includes child abuse prevention education.

Thursday, April 14 – Free Stewards of Children training, 5:30 to 7:30 pm – Join us for this interactive program for adults to learn how to recognize and respond responsibly to sexual and other abuse, the impacts on individuals and communities and concrete ways to make a difference. To register or for more information, email Carole Joa, Program Coordinator, at carole@julietteshouse.org.

Friday, April 22 – Wheels and Pinwheels Motorcycle Group Ride – You and your ride can help raise awareness of child abuse prevention! This free group ride, the second annual one for Child Abuse Prevention Month, starts with sign-in from 4 to 5:15 pm at Juliette’s House, 1075 Cedarwood Ave., McMinnville. KSU at 5:30 pm for about a 1½-hour ride through Yamhill County. The first 100 riders to sign in will receive a free pair of motorcycle riding glasses. For more info, email Bill Lindemann, Chief Operating Officer, at bill@julietteshouse.org.

Friday, April 22Child Abuse Prevention Rallies – Join in on a rally in your community – in various places throughout Yamhill County starting at 5:30pm and wrapping up by 7 pm; signs and pinwheels will be provided as needed:

Amity – along the main street
Carlton – along Main Street
Dayton – around the town square
Dundee – along the main street
Lafayette – along the main street
McMinnville – at 2nd and Adams streets
Newberg – at the big Flagpole Sheridan- at Bridge Street and Willamina-Sheridan Highway
Yamhill – 4 corners at the blinking light
For more info, email Baylie Wafer, Prevention Education Director, at baylie@julietteshouse.org.

And please be sure to join us –

Friday, April 29 – The capstone event of the month is Celebrate the Children! This free event from 7-8pm includes an engaging and informative program and fuels Juliette’s House’s work year-round. That includes the announcement of the winner of the exciting Celebrate raffle prize – an extraordinary package of a private jet trip for two to Sonoma, a $250 Visa giftcard and a rental car! Raffle tickets are on sale now; get yours soon as only 100 will be sold. The Celebrate online auction will open on April 22, with some great items already online for review and more being added all the time. To register for the event, buy a raffle ticket, register for the auction and learn more about all the Celebrate the Children fun, visit https://www.avstream.me/jh.