Exchangites have accepted the challenge to make a difference in the lives of children and families, by engaging in a variety of activities designed to educate and inform the public. Contributions to agencies to aid in the prevention of child abuse are made annually. Some recipients are: CASA, Miller Home, and the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Home. Exchange's "Believe In The Blue" campaign in April — Child Abuse Prevention Month — is an effort to reach families with positive parenting tips. The Club also participates in a number of other activities such as Child I.D. events, the Time Out Teddy Program, and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Flag Fields.
Child Identification Kits

Soledad Moore, Mike Staley, and Barry Stephens create child identification kits.

Representatives of the Lynchburg Exchange Club recently volunteered to provide parents with Child Identification kits. The event took place at the Virginia Baptist Hospital's annual Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses' birthday party for children who were patients of the unit at some time.

The Exchange Club created child identification kits that included a photograph and fingerprints that were uploaded to a compact disc and given to the child's parents.

Exchange Club Supports CASA

Exchange Club member Lynne Creasy (left) presents a check to CASA Executive Director Alyson Wingfield.

The Lynchburg Exchange Club proudly presented a check to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) at its regular meeting on April 18, 2014. Since 1989, CASA has assisted 3,500 children in the court process, and currently there are 75 active volunteers. Central Virginia CASA serves Lynchburg City, Nelson, Campbell, Bedford, and Amherst counties, and will soon be expanding into Appomattox County.

A CASA volunteer is carefully trained and appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected and are involved in juvenile court proceedings. The goal of the program is to help get children into safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.

Child Abuse Awareness Healing Field
Prevent Child Abuse Flag

Each flag flew for a child lost to abuse.

For three days in June of 2011, the Exchange Club of Lynchburg hosted a Child Absue Awareness Healing Field on the grounds of E. C. Glass High School. The event was intended to bring attention to the problem of child abuse. Forty-four white flags symbolizing the number of children who died in Virginia from child abuse during 2010 were flown on the grounds. These flags were surrounded by 49 U.S. flags to symbolize the dealths in the other states. Club members were present around the clock to provide information to interested parties about the problem and what they could do to prevent child abuse.

Community Awareness Events

Believe in the Blue Logo The blue ribbon symbolizes child abuse

prevention awareness.

Shopping Mall Event — The Exchange Club of Lynchburg hosted a table at River Ridge Mall to provide information concering child abuse and ways to prevent it. There was also an additional area set up for children to build small items.

Child Abuse Prevention Night — On April 29, 2013, the Exchange Club of Lynchburg will sponsor a Child Abuse Prevention Night at the Hillcats Baseball Stadium. Children 16 and under will get in for free, and it will also be dollar menu night. We will have an information table set up and will also be handing out small flags. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with the game starting at 6:05 p.m.

National Exchange Club Foundation

National Exchange Club Foundation Logo

The National Exchange Club Foundation (NECF) was established in 1979, when the National Exchange Club, (NEC) – an all-volunteer service organization – adopted the Prevention of Child Abuse as its national project.

Today, the National Exchange Club Foundation helps fund the work of local Exchange Clubs and Child Abuse Prevention Centers as they develop and maintain community-based child abuse prevention programs, as well as supporting Exchange's Programs of Service, which include Youth Programs, Americanism and Community Service.

The NEC Foundation has been endorsed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and was the winner of a Presidential Award from the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives recognizing exemplary community outreach and volunteer service projects. The NECF is a charter member of The National Child Abuse Coalition and is a Partner in Prevention, along with other national child abuse prevention organizations, through affiliation with the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information, visit the foundation at: www.exchangeclubfoundation.org.