Protecting children from harm

Located in North Carolina, Dan Thompson Agency works with SAFEchild to prevent child abuse. They reached their goal of 500 votes and doubled their donation to reach $10,000.

Proud to be part of the solution

 

Dan Thompson, owner of Dan Thompson Agency, first got involved with SAFEchild sixteen years ago when his agency sponsored a bowling fundraiser event. In the years that followed, Thompson became a mentor for the Nurturing Group, which helps parents and their six- to eight-year-old children break cycles of violence within families. Other Dan Thompson Agency employees joined as SAFEchild mentors, too.

Through groups, classes and evaluation services, the organization serves parents within the community who may be court ordered for treatment or who are proactively seeking out resources to improve their children’s lives and their family home environment. “We’re proud to be part of the solution,” says Thompson. “SAFEchild works with families who are often in very stigmatized situations and offers them the support and guidance they need in order to grow and thrive.”

 

“SAFEchild works with families who are often in very stigmatized situations and offers them the support and guidance they need in order to grow and thrive.”

– Dan Thompson, owner of Dan Thompson Agency

 

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Dan Thompson, of Dan Thompson Agency, helps one of the children in his mentor group draw a self-portrait. The exercise teaches children the importance of how they see themselves and culminates in them writing down kind words about themselves all around the portrait.

Programs that work

SAFEchild, which stands for Stop Abuse for Every child, is Wake County’s leading voice for child abuse prevention and is the only organization in Wake County that offers a full range of child abuse prevention and intervention services to children and families at no cost. Annually, SAFEchild protects 13,000 children and empowers 2,000 caregivers with more than 20,000 hours of parent education.

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Dan Thompson takes a break from a lesson to let the children hug, laugh and socialize. These in-between moments are just as important as the lessons themselves!

Additionally, SAFEchild works in partnership with the Wake County Public School System to train more than 200 school counselors to present the Funny Tummy Feelings (FTF) program to approximately 12,000 first-grade students in 119 public elementary schools annually. The FTF program helps children understand how their emotions speak to them through their bodies and is an integral part of SAFEchild’s programming.

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Volunteers lead a Funny Tummy Feelings (FTF) program to help children learn how to listen to their gut feelings. 

“I’m still there because of the children,” says Thompson, who also served on SAFEchild’s board of directors for three years. “Year after year, I’ve seen the results of what we do, whether in current groups or when I run into families from past groups. Some of the kids we’ve helped are now volunteers themselves.”

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Supporting families through the pandemic

Although some of the programs have been implemented differently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, SAFEchild’s engagement with caregivers and children has not been interrupted. The programs continue over Zoom and provide parents with much-needed support during this stressful time. As a follow-up from COVID disruptions during the last school year, an additional 12,000 second-grade students will receive the FTF program during the 2021-22 school year.

“Making sure we’re still supporting families through the pandemic has been top of mind for our organization,” said Cristin DeRonja, executive director of SAFEchild. “Dan Thompson Agency is a remarkable community partner who has loyally supported SAFEchild’s mission and whose involvement is an admirable example of why SAFEchild’s programs will prosper for years to come.”

 

“Dan Thompson Agency is a remarkable community partner who has loyally supported SAFEchild’s mission.”

– Cristin DeRonja, executive director at SAFEchild

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Renee Thompson, agent at Dan Thompson Agency, helps a group of children get some of their energy out after a lesson by teaching them some yoga exercises.

A $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would help fund the Nurturing Program, additional facilities and additional resources to help empower parents and protect children from harm. It would also allow SAFEchild to expand its FTF program into more schools across North Carolina. As Thompson notes, “there have already been many moments to celebrate, and the future holds many, many more.”

 

Vote below by sharing or commenting on this story. Your vote gets SAFEchild one step closer to a $10,000 donation, which will help families across Wake County thrive. Visit Dan Thompson Agency and SAFEchild to learn more.

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Susan Cokas
1 month ago

Awesome job Dan Thompson team!

Kelly May
1 month ago

I love this organization and this agency!

Matthew May
1 month ago

vote!

Emily Monticello
1 month ago

ahhh Dan and Renee! These are great photos and a great cause. Wonderful

Emily Monticello
1 month ago

Oh and VOTE!

Miranda Slater
1 month ago

Amazing! You have my vote!

Richie Mueller
1 month ago

Vote

Hunter Beahm
1 month ago

Best of luck helping this awesome cause!

Dan
1 month ago

Only 500 votes gets an additional $5K for Safechild. Lets do all we can to stop neglect and violence in the home. Please join us!

Kelly May
1 month ago

vote from second device!

Lisa Thompson
1 month ago

Vote!!!! Great job!

Hannah Wright
1 month ago

Vote

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1 month ago

Vote!

Megan Guidone
1 month ago

Vote! Great job!

Marisa Boyd
1 month ago

Go Dan Thompson Agency

Zachary Darin Leonard
1 month ago

Dan Thompson team is amazing! Definitely voting for them

Robin
1 month ago

Vote!

Greg Fawcett
1 month ago

It is great to have leaders in the community like the Dan Thompson Agency. Great job!

liz edwards
1 month ago

vote

Liz Edwards
1 month ago

Vote from second device!

Greg Fawcett
1 month ago

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matthew may
1 month ago

Vote

1 month ago

Happy to support this cause!

Winston May
1 month ago

Vote

Linda May
1 month ago

Our children are our future. Thank you for investing in their lives!

Jen
1 month ago

This is great! Thanks to the Dan Thompson Agency and Liberty Mutual for supporting SAFEchild!

Lee Whitman
1 month ago

Dan Thompson has been a long time supporter of SAFEChlld as a volunteer, board member and donor. Dan leads by action and our community is better because of him.

Dunn Stacy
1 month ago

SAFEchild is a valuable resource for the families in Wake County! Thank you!

Stephanie O Davage
1 month ago

Thanks Dan Thompson for years of service to Wake County children and families and this incredible opportunity!

Lisa Ward
1 month ago

vote vote vote

Stephanie Davage
1 month ago

Dan Thompson is a true servant! Thank you to his entire team for making this possible.

Kayleigh
1 month ago

Wow, 16 years of support! Thank you Dan Thompson Agency for the incredible work you do in your community. SAFEchild supports so many lives and has an inspirational mission.

Marcus aman
1 month ago

Awesome job!!

Clinton
1 month ago

What a fantastic cause to support! Thank you for elevating these children and our community!

Jamie Dingle
1 month ago

Congratulations!

Kelly Thompson
1 month ago

vote!

Sarah
1 month ago

Vote!

Maria Marsolino
1 month ago

Vote!!!!!!

Sara Whitley
1 month ago

Great cause and great agency! Vote! – from your Levitate family

Brandon
1 month ago

Vote!

Shannon C
1 month ago

Thank you Dan Thompson Team!

Laura Cornell
1 month ago

This gets my vote!

Courtney Manwarren
1 month ago

Awesome!

Alexandra Aguado
1 month ago

Vote!

Felipe
1 month ago

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Nate S
1 month ago

Vote!!!

Tj Bullock
1 month ago

VOTE

Cady Willard
1 month ago

Vote!!

Steve Simmons
1 month ago

Very happy to see the good work with the Dan Thompson Agency and what they do to support SAFEchild! I am very proud to support their efforts.

Nick Cristinziano
1 month ago

Voting for Dan Thompson team!

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