April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, first declared in 1983 by presidential proclamation. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

Child abuse and neglect respects no racial or religious class or geographic boundaries. In fact, child abuse and neglect have been declared a national emergency as a complex and growing problem in our nation.

The Naperville Exchange Club and the Naperville Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, d/b/a Project H.E.L.P., through its support of parent mentor programs, educational programs and community service activities, continually strives to prevent child maltreatment by reducing the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect.

The Exchange Club of Naperville will receive a proclamation from the City of Naperville at the April 3, 2018, City Council Meeting declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Also, that evening April will be declared as Autism Awareness Month as well as Fair Housing Month.

In order to raise funds and awareness for child abuse prevention throughout the year, members of the Exchange Club are busy getting ready for this year’s Ribfest. Dates coincide with Independence Day, July 4 through July 7. Fireworks are slated for Independence Day. Again the four-day barbecue festival will offer a variety of live music, many choices of food vendors and family fun for kids of all ages.

The Exchange Club of Naperville meets at 11:45AM for lunch on the first Friday of the month at Hugo’s Frog Pond, and at 5:30PM on the third Thursday at Traverso’s. If you’re interested in learning more about Exchange, contact me at EmyTrotz@gmail.com so I can welcome you to join us.