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Pinnacle Community Services to 'Paint the County Blue' for child abuse prevention in April

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Fri, Mar 22nd 2019 05:15 pm

Pinnacle Community Services announces “Paint the County Blue,” a child abuse prevention awareness initiative to commemorate April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The agency will hold three painting parties across Niagara County, and will also distribute “Pinwheels for Prevention” to anyone interested in displaying a pinwheel to show their support for child abuse prevention.

“This campaign is so important for us to initiate in Niagara County. As an agency who has been a leader in providing services in the critical area of child abuse prevention, it is our hope that the community will join with us in promoting awareness around this campaign,” Pinnacle President and CEO Francesca Sommer said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families, there are 702,000 children abused annually in the U.S. Pinnacle Community Services offers services for children, parents and families, both for the prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect. These programs include: Healthy Families Niagara, parent empowerment program, Casey House Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter, The CRIB Maternity Group Home, and Passage House Domestic Violence Shelter.

Visit the agency’s offices at 1522 Main St., Niagara Falls, or 57 Canal St., Suite 102, Lockport, to pick up a pinwheel.

Painting party information is as follows:

  • April 3, 7-9 p.m., Hyatt Place Niagara Falls, 310 Rainbow Blvd.
  • April 10, 6-8 p.m., Project 308 Gallery, 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda
  • April 13, 1-3 p.m., Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave.

Each participant will paint a project to take home with them. The cost is $20 per person and all proceeds support the agency’s child abuse prevention and intervention services. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information about pinwheel distribution or the painting parties, call the development department at 716-285-6984.

Since 1895, Pinnacle Community Services has been providing essential services to the community, offering programming in the areas of mental health, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, runaway and homeless youth, and child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention.

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