HolidayAppeal_dec2012_TITLEThe theme of SCAN’s year-end report this year touches on the essence of our work…

Believing in children as the hope for tomorrow;

Believing in the family as an essential fiber in the fabric of our community;

Believing that we each have a role and responsibility in supporting parents around us in order to ensure children can experience childhood as it is meant to be – a safe, nurturing time for learning, growing, and becoming.

As I reflect back on 2012, I am literally engulfed in gratitude – for the dedicated staff who lead each of SCAN’s programs; for the more than 250 volunteers whose selfless dedication touched the lives of more than 1,300 children last year; and for the many donors and community partners who sustain these valuable programs. I hope you will take a look at our Annual Report and discover what can happen when you believe!

HolidayAppeal_dec2012_REV3As we look forward to 2013, I am equally excited about the creative ideas being discussed in order to commemorate SCAN’s 25th anniversary! Our silver anniversary year means a quarter century of providing parent education, advocating for abused children, and engaging the community in public education around child abuse and the power of positive parenting. Already 46 donors have contributed more than $18,500 toward our holiday campaign goal of raising $25,000 for SCAN’s programs in 2013. What an outpouring of support!

If you are not a regular subscriber to SCAN’s Building Blocks blog, I encourage you to sign up so that we can update you throughout the coming year about the impact SCAN’s programs are having for vulnerable children and families in Northern Virginia and ways you can get involved as we celebrate 25 years of making a difference in this region.

My wish for each of you is for a safe, nurturing home of your own; opportunities to engage with one another in 2013; and the joy and peace that comes from being part of an effort that is making a real difference in our own community. Happy holidays!

Sonia Quiñónez
Executive Director
SCAN of Northern Virginia

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