By Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President & CEO

August 9, 2022

Play. Riding bikes in our neighborhood, climbing trees, playing Hide-and-Go-Seek and Kick the Can are some of the first things that come to my mind when I think about my childhood.  I was fortunate to grow up in a small town where many families on our block knew me and my siblings. We could go from house to house knowing our friends’ parents would take care of us, and our schoolteachers were our neighbors, too. Without realizing how foundational it was, my family had a rich network of social connections that made my positive childhood possible.   

Our work at Prevent Child Abuse NC is focused on nurturing positive childhoods.  When we build the capacity of parent educators to deliver evidence-based family strengthening programs, like The Incredible Years or Triple P, we are nurturing positive childhoods. When we train professionals in the Protective Factors Framework, we are nurturing positive childhoods.  When we build support for family-friendly policies like paid family and medical leave or the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, we are nurturing positive childhoods.  When we raise awareness about strategies, policies and investments proven to prevent child abuse and neglect from ever occurring, we nurture positive childhoods.   

I want every child in every corner of North Carolina to experience nurturing, positive relationships and environments so that they can reach their full potential as the next generation of parents, leaders, and neighbors.  That’s why I’m asking you to help me to celebrate my birthday with a gift to support our work at PCANC.  

And, because birthdays are a time for gift giving, I want to send you a “party favor” for supporting our vital mission!  You can help me reach my goal to raise $5,700 to celebrate 57 rotations around the sun – and in return: 

  • $100 gifts will receive a Connections Matter coffee mug 
  • $ 50 gifts will receive a Pinwheel lapel pin 
  • $ 25 gifts will receive a Connections Matter refrigerator magnet 

I’m incredibly proud of the impact of our team, and excited that it will continue to grow.  With your help, we can remove the heaviest loads from weighing families and entire communities down to nurture positive childhoods.  

Thank you for making a gift to PCANC! 

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