Heather Farber Expands Role as SCAN Volunteer Coordinator
Heather first began with SCAN as a Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Case Manager in 2015 and later took on the role of CASA Volunteer Coordinator. We are excited that she has now expanded her role to become the SCAN Volunteer Coordinator. She is now tackling recruitment, retention, communication, and coordination efforts for all of SCAN’s programs. We are so grateful for Heather’s dedication, passion, organization, and kindness. We are excited that Heather will bring her talents, experience, and expertise to this expanded role!

What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor degree in psychology. I previously worked at other nonprofit organizations, including the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and United Way of Roanoke Valley. I’ve always had a passion for working with nonprofits that improve the lives of children, so I was drawn to working with SCAN because it allowed me to see the direct impact that the organization has on children who have experienced trauma.

Is there anything you wish other people knew about SCAN?
I wish people knew how much we need CASA volunteers. Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers who advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. A CASA volunteer is the voice of the child in the courtroom, and serves as a caring, consistent adult for a child who is going through a tough time. It’s an extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity, so please tell anyone you know who might be interested in getting involved. We especially have a need for male volunteers. Last year, 47% of the children we served were male, while only 16% of our volunteers were men.

Click here  to learn more about volunteering with SCAN.

Click here  to learn more about what it takes to become a CASA Volunteer.
Volunteer your time to make a difference in a child’s life.

Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates is currently in need of volunteers to serve children in our community. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. They make sure the child’s needs are heard – in the community and in the courtroom – and serve as a caring, consistent adult in a child’s life. They are individuals from all walks of life who are willing to dedicate their time to looking out for a child’s best interests.

For more information or question contact Heather Farber
Moonlight Ride Volunteers Needed!

Come volunteer with SCAN at the Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride on Saturday, August 24.

Volunteers will enjoy a fun night helping at the Post-Ride party. 

You Can Protect A Child
Stewards of Children Training
Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the safety of children as well as organizations that serve youth. Stewards of Children is the only nationally distributed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. Sign up for one of SCAN's public trainings or request to host a training for a group.

Upcoming Open Trainings:

Thursday, September 26, 2019 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Reserve your spot today by contacting Natalie Clavon at nclavon@grscan.com or 804-257-7226, ext. 105
The HofGarden Gives Back on August 21

Join SCAN at the HofGarden: Beer Garden and Tap Room on Wednesday, August 21 for a Garden Gives Back Night to benefit Greater Richmond SCAN! A portion of sales will go to benefit the awareness, support, advocacy and education services provided by each of SCAN's five programs.

Welcome New SCAN Board of Directors and BYP Members
We are excited to welcome some incredible new members to SCAN's Board of Directors and Board of Young Professionals! We are grateful for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families through SCAN.

SCAN Board of Directors:
Ellen Bonbright
Elizabeth Smyers
Jessica VanTuyle

SCAN Board of Young Professionals:
Whitney Biggers
Greg Crapanzano
Kelsey Fehlner
Will Hamilton
Nathan Kramer
J.J. Siegner
Erica Sieg 
Kate Wahl
Get Involved in SCAN's 2019 Santa Shop
Each year SCAN friends and volunteers provide holiday magic for over 300 children served through SCAN's 5 programs. We need your help to make this happen! SCAN’s Board of Young Professionals hosts the annual Santa Shop in December to help provide families involved in SCAN’s programs the opportunity to “shop” for toys for the holidays.

We are currently recruiting companies, civic organizations, and other groups to hold toy drives for SCAN families. We are looking for new, unwrapped donations for children age 0-17, as well as gift wrapping supplies.

If you are interested in holding a toy drive for SCAN's Santa Shop contact Noah Dziedzic at ndziedzic@grscan.com or (804) 257-7226.
Thank you!
A huge thank you to Bon Secours for their recent grant award to support SCAN's Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network.

We are so grateful to the Brookfield Foundation for their recent grant award in support of the Richmond CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program.

Thank you to the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond for their 2019 Community Impact Award to reduce the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), build community resilience, and reduce the prevalence of ACEs in the region through SCAN's Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network.
SCAN Convenes TICN Partners from Across Virginia
Greater Richmond SCAN formed the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) in 2012 with some incredible partners in our area. SCAN has continued to serve as the backbone agency for the TICN and has helped with the formation of TICNs in communities across Virginia. We are excited to share that there are now 20 TICNs working to change policy and practice to build trauma-informed and resilient communities.

On July 15, SCAN convened these TICN partners from throughout Virginia to share best practices, learn from one another's successes and challenges, and collaborate to build a more trauma-informed Virginia.

SCAN is in Need of Healthy Snacks for Kids!
Greater Richmond SCAN is in need of healthy snacks for children and families that come to our Child Advocacy Centers and Family Support Program for services.

Richmond’s most vulnerable children are served at the Child Advocacy Center
where children who have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse receive child forensic interviews and trauma focused treatment. The snacks they are served while at the CAC help them feel more at ease during a very difficult time.

At the SCAN Family Support Program Children’s groups, children participate in therapeutic group play while their parents attend classes.
Snack time is always their favorite time!

Please donate boxes of unopened, individually wrapped healthy snacks,
small bottled water and juice boxes. For snack ideas or to send snacks directly to SCAN's programs, check out our snack Amazon Wishlist.

Holding a snack drive is a great way to get your company, school, civic group, book club, or other group engaged in SCAN's mission and make a difference.

Reach out to Sarah at smersereau@grscan.com with questions, to hold a snack drive, or to make a snack donation to SCAN.
Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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