Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prevent Child Abuse America and MainStreetChamber Introduce ‘National Community Week’

Series of events to be held the week of March 26 by MainStreetChamber chapters to raise awareness of and funding for healthy child development, child abuse prevention


March 20, 2012, Chicago, IL – Prevent Child Abuse America and MainStreetChamber (MSC) announced today the launch of “National Community Week,” a new initiative in which MSC chapters will host events nationwide the week of March 26 to promote healthy child development and child abuse and neglect prevention. More than 20 communities will be participating in this inaugural year. MSC hopes to involve more than 100 communities in the future as this effort grows.

The events will all focus on gathering small- to medium-sized business owners to network, participate in fundraising activities and join together to show their support for families and children in their communities.

"Given its focus on engaging neighborhoods and communities across the country, our partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America was a natural fit for our organization,” said John Bellave, MainStreetChamber President and CEO. “Through this collaboration and these events, we are proud to join Prevent Child Abuse America in making a positive change for children everywhere.”

MSC chapters committed to participate in the inaugural “National Community Week” include: Anchorage, AK; Chino Valley, CA; Ontario, CA; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; San Diego County, CA; Temecula Valley, CA; Tri-County, CA; Denver, CO; Orlando, FL; Fort Wayne, IN; East Metro, MN; North Metro, MN; ; West Metro, MN; Charlotte, NC; Winston- Salem, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Mahoning Valley, OH; Lackawanna County, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Greenville, SC; Myrtle Beach, SC; N. Myrtle Beach, SC; and Richmond, VA.

“We all have a role to play when it comes to ensuring the healthy development of our nation’s children, particularly the business community as future employers of today’s youth,” said Prevent Child Abuse America President and CEO, James M. Hmurovich. “Small businesses offer a great opportunity to promote, support policies for and help employees achieve healthy work-family balance.

Recognizing that more than half of our nation’s employment opportunities are made possible by small businesses, our partnership with MainStreetChamber is good for the economy, good for children and ultimately good for our nation.”

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 48 states and over 400 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our Prevent Child Abuse America and Healthy Families America websites, here and here.

MainStreetChamber™ is a rapidly expanding, National Membership Organization dedicated to helping small business grow and become more profitable. As a preferred small business networking organization, they are focused on small business professionals, creating fresh opportunities to connect with other entrepreneurs and to make important business contacts at local, state and national levels. To find out more or join please visit MainStreetChamber's website here.

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