Leander Non-Profit Day

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and you may have noticed patches of blue pinwheels on your social media feeds or spinning in front of buildings around your neighborhood. In 2008 these toys were chosen as a playful symbol of a carefree and happy childhood, but they also serve as a powerful reminder that too many children have a very different experience, full of trauma and sadness.

Bates Mission used this month of reflection as an opportunity to meet with local leadership and community partners to share our goals and vision for supporting those children and young adults. We hosted Leander Mayor Christine De L’isle and Leadership Leander Program members at our office and invited other child-centered non-profit organizations to talk about their roles in the fight to end child abuse and support victims and their families.

Mayor DeL’isle issued a proclamation emphasizing the importance of this work to our community and recognizing the contributions of local non-profits and law enforcement. We also heard from Tiffany Sturman with the Children’s Advocacy Center and Marissa Austin from CASA and learned about the resources and services they provide to children and families in Williamson County.

We closed the day with a service project, where volunteers from the event built 100 hygiene hair care kits for our local housing partners to distribute to the young adults we serve. Everyone left feeling more informed, more inspired, and more dedicated to the work we do.

There are so many great organizations in our area doing important and literally life-changing work, and we want to encourage you to learn about and support the advocacy groups in your area. Together we can create a future where the need for these resources no longer exists and every child feels safe and loved.

Bates Mission

1904 S. Bagdad Road, #2

Leander, TX 78641



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