Hoping for a happy childhood: Hancock4Kids promotes positive parenting and community events – The Daily Reporter
Editor’s Note: The Daily Reporter often features our “neighbours,” whether it’s someone with an interesting hobby or profession, or a non-profit group making a difference in our community. Here, Diane Burklow tells us about Hancock4Kids, an organization that has several activities coming up this summer. If you know a person or group you’d like to see featured in Neighbours, email [email protected]
Daily Reporter: Tell us about Hancock4Kids.
Diane Burklow: Hancock4Kids’ mission is to provide positive parenting education and raise awareness about child abuse prevention through activities that teach, strengthen, empower and help families and community so children can grow into safe and welcoming homes.
DR: How did it start?
DB: On July 23, 2015, many people and agencies came together as Prevent Child Abuse Hancock County. We later changed our name to Hancock4Kids Inc, and in March 2020, we achieved our 501c3 status. We are a certified member of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.
What is your group’s annual budget and how many people are involved?
DB: $23,000. The co-directors are Mikel Theobald and Diane Burklow; Secretary Misty Fuller; Treasurer Brenda Wilkinson; Volunteer Coordinator Rebekah Steele. We have 30 Hancock County Collaborative Agencies and many people currently represented on our board as volunteers.
DR: What is the biggest challenge for your band?
DB: Our biggest challenge right now is our continued growth and the need for volunteers. Those who are willing to help set up and be active in our events throughout the year. We would like more businesses in the community to sponsor our family events, make in-kind donations or just lend a hand.
We need and want people who can set up tents and tables, distribute flyers, advocate for children, plant pinwheels in April, distribute school supplies and backpacks during our series of summer, share their knowledge and experience, shop with a child on vacation with our Dress a Kid, Feed a Family program, and maybe enjoy dressing up as a superhero at our Superhero 5K fundraiser each summer ( but not a prerequisite, but so much fun). And smiles, smiles are great.
DR: What are your main events?
DB: April month for the prevention of child abuse, planting of windmills and activities to raise awareness and prevent child abuse; Positive Parenting Classes four times a year to teach and support parents and caregivers, Family Fun Summer Series at Riley Park and our annual fundraiser, Superhero 5K and Kids’ Dash Fun Run on Saturday of the holiday weekend some fathers. We also help families during the holiday season with our Dress a Child, Feed a Family program.
DR: How can someone step in to help?
DB: Anyone can step in to help and will just need a background check. E-mail [email protected] to ask how to volunteer.
To contribute financially, you can send a check to PO Box 512 New Palestine, In 46163 or go to www.hancock4kids.org and make an electronic donation.
DR: How can people find out more?
DB: Our vision is for all children to have a happy childhood. Please reach out to us to make this happen in our community. Connect on Facebook, @hancockcountychildren; Instagram, @hancock4kids. E-mail [email protected] or call (317) 468-8525. To learn more about preventing child abuse in Indiana, visit pcain.org.