Community members can help children recovering from abuse by taking part in April activities in the Rogue Valley during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In 2016, 954 children were victims of abuse or neglect in Jackson County — an increase from 801 in the previous year, according to advocates for children.
A Family Fun Night is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Alba Park, located at the intersection of West Main and North Holly streets in downtown Medford. The event will include games, food booths and information. Participants are encouraged to wear blue as a symbol that they stand with children and families affected by child abuse. At 4:30 p.m., awards will be given out to child advocates of the year.
Also in April, local businesses have teamed with the Children's Advocacy Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Family Nurturing Center to raise money through the Change for Children project.
Patrons can drop their change in jars and boxes at Lithia car dealerships, Sunrise Cafe, Central Art Supply, Wamba Juice, Thai Bistro, The Butcher Shop, The Pointe Pub & Grill, Agate Ridge Vineyard, D&S Harley-Davidson, Jackson Creek Pizza, MOD Pizza, Pronto Print, Red Lily Vineyard and Southern Oregon Pediatrics.
Donations can also be made by texting 71777, then entering C4C.
Restaurants are participating in Child Abuse Prevention Month with the Eat for Change project. Customers print out a Change for Children flyer and show it at participating restaurants to have a portion of their meal bill donated to child abuse causes. Flyers are available at www.cacjc.org, www.jacksoncountycasa.org and www.familynurturingcenter.org.
The flyers can be used from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Panda Express locations at 1378 Center Drive and 1750 Delta Waters Road in Medford; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Chipotle, 7 Rossanley Drive, Medford and from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Roadhouse Grill, 2699 W. Main St., Medford.
Another fundraiser, the Gamble-For-Good Poker Night, is from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Lithia Dodge Superstore, 4540 Grumman Drive, Medford. Tickets are $60 at the door.