SCAN Gets $10K for Extra Resources to Combat Child Abuse Amidst Covid Crisis

AT&T and SCAN Partner for Child Abuse Prevention Month at a Time When Kids Need it Most

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – SCAN of Northern Virginia, based in Alexandria, today announced it has received a $10,000 grant from AT&T that will support its work this April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month. As SCAN’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month Sponsor, AT&T is providing critical funding and helping to raise awareness at a pivotal moment for the children of Northern Virginia.

“Unfortunately, we anticipate that incidences of child abuse and neglect will skyrocket because of the COVID-19 epidemic,” said Leah Fraley, SCAN’s Executive Director. “But we have an opportunity this month—during National Child Abuse Prevention Month—to make sure our community is aware of this threat and empowered to protect children and support parents when they need it most.”

Grant Allows for More Resources

AT&T’s support will allow us to develop more resources for families, as well as distribute them to more communities.

“Now more than ever, SCAN’s work on behalf of children is vital.  This support will enable them to protect children and families facing great challenges,” said Garrett McGuire, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs in Virginia.

Free Video Calling and Other Distance Learning Tools

AT&T has rolled out individuals to help parents, children and educators during this pandemic, including a Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund that helps organizations like Khan Academy improve and expand online learning resources to meet the growing demand from parents, teachers and students; 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while at different locations; and TIME for Kids will remove their paywall through the end of the school year, digitize their product and launch a library of digital magazines that would become available to everyone.

Wear Blue on April 3 to Show Support

In addition to dozens of resources that will be available on SCAN’s website and social media channels, SCAN and AT&T are inviting community members to raise awareness of child abuse prevention by participating in Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 3rd. Participants are encouraged to take a photo, share it on social media, and use the hashtag #wearbluedayVA. (SCAN will be re-posting images with @scanofnova and @ATT, and @ATTimpact.)

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