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Our CAP Council Receives $4000 Grant

CAP Verizon Grant RESIZED Presentation 1.2016

GRANT FUNDING PRESENTATION: CAP Council Coordinator, Holly Naylor (left), and CAP Volunteer Educator, Sue Swartz, receive $4000 donation from Steve Bloom, owner of local Verizon Wireless stores.

JANUARY 2016 — LACASA Center’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council recently received a donation from Steve Bloom, owner of Verizon Wireless Zone stores in Howell, Hartland and Highland. The $4000 check was awarded as part of a community grant program through the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving.

“The CAP Council’s mission is to provide community-wide educational programs on how to prevent child abuse in Livingston County,” said Holly Naylor, CAP Council Coordinator.

“We are thankful to Mr. Bloom and the Wireless Zone Foundation for this grant,” Naylor said. “It will enable us to provide additional prevention, education and awareness programs for people who live, work and attend school in Livingston County.”

“The CAP Council conducts workshops, seminars and professional training sessions throughout the year on how to prevent child abuse and child sexual abuse,” said Naylor. “We also host educational programs on infant safety for middle school and high school students who may care for siblings or work as babysitters.”

Research shows that prevention programs such as those offered by LACASA’s CAP Council can and do make a difference, Naylor said. “For every adult trained through our Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training, experts estimate that 10 children will be better protected against sexual abuse. Professionals who attend our Mandated Reporter Training develop skills to identify and protect children who are living in unsafe situations.”

“A lack of knowledge regarding parenting and child development is a recognized risk factor for child abuse,” said Naylor, “So we reach out to parents to help them better understand how to protect their children. When we go into schools and educate young adults about infant safety, we are already looking ahead at protecting the next generation of children.”

Additional outreach events offered annually by the council include the CAP Kid’s Fair, held each spring in conjunction with the Pinckney Art Fair, and a Community Baby Shower event for new and expectant mothers. The CAP Council also conducts the community-wide Pinwheel Garden Project during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

“The support from Steve Bloom and this grant from the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving are perfect examples of how we can all work together to protect Livingston County’s children,” Naylor said.

For information about the CAP Council’s programming, or to schedule a workshop for your school or organization, contact Holly Naylor at (517) 548-1350, or email her at



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