Inform and educate your community
Help others learn the struggles of abused and neglected kids
Like us on Facebook
Be sure to like us on Facebook, a great place to spread the word about kids needing Champions. Ask your friends to like us, too! And tell them why you care about kids and why you became a Champion. Post the Champions Web address on your page and invite your friends to register. Celebrate your birthday or anniversary by asking for gifts to Champions. Issue a challenge to help you recruit 20 (or more!) new Champions or set a monetary goal.
As you champion kids on Facebook, please remember we want to help children, not add to their pain. So, please, treat hurting children and struggling families with respect. Also, everyone deserves privacy so please don’t post names, photos or confidential information about a child or family, other than your own.
Promote on Twitter
Do you tweet? Add Champions to your repertoire. In 140 characters, tell others why you became a Champion! Or issue a challenge: “Help me recruit 20 (or more!) new Champions in 24 hours at http://championsforchildren.kintera.org/chs.” Or make the challenge a monetary goal. Check out our incentives and ask followers to help you win your favorite prize.
As you champion kids on Twitter, please remember we want to help children, not add to their pain. So, please, be respectful of hurting children and struggling families and protect their privacy by not tweeting names, photos or confidential information about a child or family, other than your own.
Host a reflective gathering
Hold a candlelight vigil to remember children who died as a result of child abuse and neglect, or gather friends, neighbors and colleagues on a playground to call attention to vulnerable kids. Pull a crowd together in a popular location to stand up for kids in your community who need Champions. Call on people from your personal networks, such as your faith group, civic organization, yoga class or alumni group. Commemorative months offer timely reasons to organize your gathering: Child Abuse Prevention Month, Foster Care Month, Baby Safety Month, National Adoption Month and more. Be sure to register your gathering so it can be promoted on the Champions for Children calendar.
Host a community contest
Create a clever contest idea to promote in your community as you raise awareness of children's issues. Invite children, youth or adults to share poems or artistic renditions of "What family means to me" or "What it means to help vulnerable children." Put your contest out to your friends on Facebook -- ask them to post childhood photos or old family photos and see who shares the most. We have great giveaway items you can offer as prizes. Get your contest on the Champions for Children calendar by registering.
Opportunities for schools, PTAs and scouts
Engage your kids, their friends and classmates, and other parents to build a Champions team to raise awareness and help other children. Your team can host lots of activities to get the word out about children who need Champions. Hold a coin drive, photo campaign, drawing contest, "Best book I ever read" competition -- you name it! Let us know your big idea.
Letter- or card-writing party
Mobilize your friends, family and others in your circle to write letters or cards of appreciation to dedicated donors, volunteers and staff who care for children in need. Thank these caring people for helping to make your community a safer, healthier place for kids to grow up. Let us know when you have a collection of notes to be delivered and we'll make sure they get to these hardworking and generous Champions for Children.
Faith community engagement
Encourage members of your congregation to mobilize on behalf of children in your community who are hurting and need your help. Ask your faith leader to speak about the plight of innocent and vulnerable children who are part of the hidden epidemic of abuse and neglect. Work with your faith's youth groups to champion children through events that raise awareness and engage others. Ask members of your congregation to register to become part of the Champions initiative. Share your ideas and opportunities with us.
Take the grassroots approach. Set up a Champions for Children display table at your neighborhood farmers market, pancake breakfast, grocery store or gym. Get a friend to join you. Talk to passersby about the plight of abused and neglected children and invite them to help make a difference for these kids. Invite them to register as Champions. Free Champions for Children promotional materials are available to stock your display so you can share with all who stop by.Contact us with your ideas and opportunities.
Retail and restaurant engagement
Do you shop frequently in certain stores? Dine regularly in favorite restaurants? Spend a small fortune at your hair salon or dry cleaner? Any business you patronize often is a great place to ask for support of your Champions for Children activities. Next time you're getting a massage or a mani-pedi, ask to display posters in their establishment. When you pay your dinner check, ask the manager to contribute gift certificates, host an awareness event or place table displays. Ask any business to designate a day to contribute a percentage of sales to Champions for Children. We're eager to learn your ideas -- please share your outreach plans.
Integrate Champions into sporting and other events
Are you running a 5k or participating in a community awareness walk? If so, wear a Champions for Children t-shirt to raise awareness of our cause. Are you a triathlete or a cyclist? Wear a shirt or carry your extra supplies in a Champions for Children tote bag. If your race or activity is simply for sport as you improve your speed and performance, give friends and colleagues a chance to pledge their support to Champions for Children. Ask for a dollar a minute or $100 if you beat your last score by a certain amount. Or simply ask for an outright contribution. Contact us with your opportunities and offer suggestions.