HopeFest Phoenix – A time to serve
This Saturday, April 14, marks the inaugural Phoenix HopeFest. Modeled after the successful and long-running HopeFest Tucson, the event will bring together more than 200 organizations and more than 2,000 volunteers in a day of service to economically and socially challenged residents of Phoenix. This direct care event will provide more than 30 different types of medical screenings for participants as well as personal grooming and other essential goods and services. In addition to the direct services, there will also be a follow-up mechanism to assist participants after the event.
DES is a sponsor of the event, standing proudly next to its community partners as this coordinated effort fits perfectly in keeping with our vision of the community coming together to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Nearly 300 DES staff members are signed up to volunteer for this wonderful event! This Saturday will showcase Phoenix at its caring finest. We hope to see you at Chase Field from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, for HopeFest Phoenix.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
This April marks the 30th Anniversary of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness and prevention activities.
The statewide campaign goes beyond public awareness of child abuse and neglect and encourages our fellow Arizonans to take action in our mission to prevent child abuse or neglect from ever happening in the first place.
Governor Janice K. Brewer issued a proclaimation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Among other points, the proclamation recognizes the importance of raising awareness about child abuse and neglect to strengthen communities. Additionally, it points out that Arizona CPS received more than 35,000 reports involving the alleged maltreatment of approximately 54,000 children in SFY2011. It also recognizes that an essential part of child abuse prevention is that parents/caregivers need basic resources such as food, clothing, housing, transportation, and access to essential services that address family-specific needs (such as child care, health care, and mental health services) to ensure the health and well-being of their children.
View the upcoming Regional Child Abuse Prevention Council Statewide Activities.
Earlier this month, DES also announced a coordinated child abuse prevention campaign entitled, “Who do you trust with your child?” The goal of this initiative is to help parents choose a safe caregiver and reduce instances of child maltreatment. This campaign is supported by Southwest Human Development, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and ChildHelp.
It takes all Arizonans working together to protect our children from abuse and neglect. Get involved at work, at home, at church and in your community.
Clarence H. Carter