Tuesday, March 25, 2014

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council believes that every child deserves to live a healthy and safe life free from violence. Child Abuse Prevention Month encourages all members of our community to play an active role in recognizing and preventing all forms of child abuse and neglect.
One of the goals of the Council is to make our community members aware of what child abuse is, how to recognize it, how to report it, and what resources are available in our county to support families and children.  

This year, in our efforts to bring awareness and education to our community, we are recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month in three ways:

- we are getting things going with our 6th annual Bowling for Kids outreach and fundraising event: this event is held to increase awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year it will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at Gold Country Lanes Bowling Center on Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. It is a fun day of bowling, pizza, great prizes, and activities.

- our focus for April will be highlighting the Period of Purple Crying, a frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience in the first few months of life; we are inviting knitters and crocheters throughout the county to create purple caps and blankets for newborn babies of Amador County. We aim to bring attention to and help educate parents about this sensitive time and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby’s crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way.

- and finally, we are partnering with the Amador Child Care Council to sponsor the 16th annual Celebrate Our Children. This free event will be held Saturday, April 26th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Argonaut High School and includes food, crafts, music, and resources for families. This year free transportation will be provided from Ione, Plymouth, Pioneer, and Pine Grove Elementary Schools by Amador Transit.

Child abuse and neglect are preventable when all community members, including parents, families, care providers, neighbors, school staff, and governmental agencies work together. It’s our job as adults to keep children safe. For more information about any of these activities, or to learn more about the Council, contact us at 223-5921 or email us at You can also find us at

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vicini Brothers LLC donate materials and time for Welcome Park in Sutter Hill

Vicini Brothers LLC - Compost and Mulch, and Amador Mechanical donated over 220 cubic yards of material to the Welcome Park at Sutter Hill.
They assisted City staff to place and spread the material.
A BIG thank you to the Vicini Family!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Operation Care Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue
Solstice Celebration
Sponsor Thank You!
Staff Spotlight
Job Opening
Get Help
Tammie Crabtree

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that participated in Amador's Got Talent and our Color Madness 5K Fun Run. With the help of our great sponsors and all of the event participants, attendees, volunteers, and community members, we raised over $10,000 to help provide services to those most vulnerable in Amador County.  

In the past six months, we have sheltered 23 women, men and children at our safe house or other safe shelter. We handled 93 crisis calls, we helped 66 new adult victims with 195 one-to-one peer counseling sessions and 11 child victims with 61 one-to-one peer counseling sessions, and we responded to 5 law enforcement calls to assist victims. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to do this. 

Thank you again for your heartfelt contributions.   

--Tammie Crabtree
Executive Director
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To our Sponsors and Participants!
Our Staff, Volunteers and Board Members would like to extend a heart filled THANK YOU to the following supporters of our recent Fundraising and Outreach Events!   
Color Madness 
We had a GREAT turn out of 257 participants including
149 Adults and 108 Youth, raising $1800 for Teen Dating Violence Awareness.

Color Madness Fun! 

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Motherlode Crossfit | Italian Catholic Federation | Kamps Propane | Soroptimist Club of Amador
Sunbelt Rentals | TSPN Local TV | Jamba Juice | Jose's Mexican Restaurant

Amador's Got Talent 

Racheal Willson
1st Place

Chase Palmquist
2nd Place

Jessica Andrew
3rd Place

We had a full house for Amador's Got Talent!  
There were 11 fabulous acts and it was very difficult to choose the winners!  
Thanks to all of the participants and sponsors,  
over $8,600 was raised to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Thank you, Thank you!! 

All Power Brokers Real Estate, Inc., Gail Harris | American Legion Ambulance Fund
Big Horse Ranch, Rick & Sylvia La Coursiere | Bruce & Ann Platt | Don Wilke's SubaruPlus  
Frances Headley, Attorney at Law  | J.B. Engraving | Jeff Holman Auto Center  
John Radu Painting | Jon's Automotive | LMS Marketing Communications | Mel & Faye's Diner
Placer Title Company | State Farm Insurance, Anne Lintz | Sutter Amador Hospital  
The Feed Barn, John & Susan Manning | The Glass Doctor, Mark Borchin
Staff Spotlight - Colleen O'Dell
Colleen O'Dell
Prevention & Outreach Specialist
A warm welcome to Colleen O'Dell as our new Prevention & Outreach Specialist. For the past decade, Colleen has been a Certified Nurse Assistant and is currently a student at Sacramento State in the Audiology and Speech Pathology program.  

"When the opportunity arose to become an employee for Operation Care I jumped at the possibility," said Colleen.  "I do not have crisis prevention experience; however, my experience as a Certified Nurse Assistant and in Audiology and Speech Pathology will enhance my ability for compassion and empathy to the clients and community that we serve".

As a Prevention & Outreach Specialist, Colleen is involved in community programs such as the recent 5K Color Run, as well as education for students and adults. "In the past three months of employment I have a new found knowledge and ambition to provide Prevention and Outreach", Colleen said.  "Knowledge is the key to prevention and understanding of any kind: it is also power.  I am confident that my previous experiences and knowledge can be an asset to the organization."

Welcome Colleen!           
Now Hiring Program Specialist
Program Specialist - Provides crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence/sexual assault in Amador County.  Must complete 80 hour advocate training and probationary period. Bilingual encouraged to apply.

Operation Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary DOE.  Submit resume and application to:  Operation Care., 619 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA, 95642
Please no phone calls. Open Until Filled.  Download application here.  
Where to go for Help
If you or someone you know needs help, dial 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600 or (800) 675-3392. Operation Care provides safe shelter for women, men, and children, as well as counseling, support services, crisis intervention, education, and referrals. For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer your services, please call 209-223-2897.    

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