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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Wortham Boyle
9 months ago

Great Job and inspiring involvement. Thank you for representing what independent agents should be for our communities!

Allison Donovan
9 months ago

This is awesome! Keep up the good work!

Sandra Roseman
10 months ago

Great Job!

Leigh
10 months ago

Vote

David
10 months ago

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

Hayley Morton
11 months ago

This is awesome!

Tessa Coffin
11 months ago

Vote

Laura Rash
11 months ago

A good friend of mine has volunteered with SAFEchild for years and from what she says I can tell it is a wonderful organization doing important work. I hope you get the grant!

Kelsey
11 months ago

Yes!! Go team

Trisha
11 months ago

Thanks Dan for being a great community partner for this group.

Colleen
11 months ago

Vote

James Voltz
11 months ago

Thanks for promoting such an amazing organization!!

Katie
11 months ago

Thanks so much for selecting Safechild as recipient organization! Vote!

Johnson Christin
11 months ago

❤️❤️❤️

Johnson Christin
11 months ago
Joseph Handschu
11 months ago

Hey Dan, need any help? Wonderful initiative our kids always a great cause.

Kim Aspenleiter
11 months ago

Good luck!

Stephanie Gunn
11 months ago

Dan has always been passionate about this organization.

Jon G.
11 months ago

Voting to continue your great work

Felice
11 months ago

Great work Dan!!

Steve Thompson
11 months ago

Vote!!!

jana Coracini
11 months ago

Wow Dan! This program is beyond amazing! You have my vote.
Super cool that Renee is incorporating yoga therepy! Great team!

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Ed Woloszyn
11 months ago

That’s a truly good cause. That’s awesome Dan

Sharon B Bunn
11 months ago

Vote

Matt Littlejohn
11 months ago

Awesome work Dan & thank you!!!

Jill Brawley
11 months ago

Shared on LinkedIn!

Carson whitaker
11 months ago

Vote!

Caye Glaze
11 months ago

Way to go, Dan! Keep up the great work!

Michael Shafer
11 months ago

VOTE

Bob Thomas
11 months ago

Nice Work Dan O and Team.

Sylvie Daigle
11 months ago

awesome job Dan and team!

Lynsey
11 months ago

Yay

Paul Monroe
11 months ago

Amazing effort for the kids, Danny, as well as your team!

Bill Cokas
11 months ago

Just voted–very inspiring!

Chris Osburn
11 months ago

Vote!

Michaela Ails
11 months ago

Vote!! This is awesome!

Shannon Griepsma
11 months ago

Thank you!! Your support of SAFEchild is appreciated and valued!

Madison Harper
11 months ago

Proud to know Dan Thompson and the work the agency does with this organization!

Mary Blackman
11 months ago

Best Team in the Area !! By Far !!

Shannon Edwards
11 months ago

Vote!

Brandon
11 months ago

What a great cause! VOTE!

Mark Hitchcock
11 months ago

Dan and his gang are great!

Laura Cornell
11 months ago

This is such an awesome program!!!

Rick Wilburn
11 months ago

What a wonderful organization! Good luck guys!

Kerry Prine
11 months ago

Vote !

Roger Roesch
11 months ago

Keep p the great work! Children are so important

John McNeil
11 months ago

I’ve know Dan for more than a decade, he always does great things to help our community!

Luke G
11 months ago

Vote

Dan Brown
11 months ago

Great job ! thanks for all you do for our community

Robbin
11 months ago

Great cause!

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