A Great Big Thank You to Our Pinwheels Committee!

Each year, the Exchange Family Center hosts fun community events for families, friends, and supporters. We are deep in the planning phase for our next one: Pinwheels Family Fun Day happening at Wheels Fun Park on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, from noon to 6:00 pm.

If you’ve attended Pinwheels in the past, you know it’s a place for laughing, connecting as well as enjoying time together with your family and friends. You saw some great performances, got some fabulous swag, learned a little about how families & classrooms were touched by EFC, and maybe your even won a prize. But you may not know everything that goes on behind the scenes to make this fantastic event a success.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the diligent work of the Pinwheels Committee. These eight individuals have given up their time and energy to coordinate activities, contact sponsors, secure donations, organize volunteers, and plan, plan, plan. We see your hard work and are grateful for all that you do!

The Pinwheels Committee:

  1. Leanne Link (EFC Board member)

  2. Susan Joines (EFC Board member)

  3. LaDean Jones (Community partner/representative)

  4. Deric Boston  (Community partner/representative)

  5. Johnesha Truesdale   (Community partner/representative)

  6. Verona Jeter-Middleton (EFC Board member)

  7. Rosalind Coleman (EFC Board member)

  8. Ashley O'Conner (EFC Executive Intern)

Thank you so much!

If you are unfamiliar with this event, Pinwheels is all about coming together as a community for a day of play. Every April, EFC hosts Pinwheels Family Fun Day to raise awareness about how to support kids becoming resilient. April is Child Abuse Prevention month, so it’s an appropriate time to think about how the community can keep all kids happy & safe by supporting their parents, teachers, and other caring adults.

Can we count on your support?

There are many opportunities for you to participate in Pinwheels Family Fun Day. You can make a donation or purchase advance tickets.

Also, we’re still looking for volunteers! There are over 75 open volunteer positions available. We’d love your help painting faces or judging the limbo contest. Can we count on you? Click below to see the possibilities...

This year, the 6th Annual Pinwheels Family Fun Day will be held at Wheels Fun Park on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, from noon to 6:00 pm. Admission tickets include fantastic Wheels Fun Park activities such as:

  • Batting cage rounds

  • Mini golf (4-6pm)

  • A trip through the maze

  • Roller skating

  • Access to the fun gym

  • A go kart ride

We’d love to see you!

Check out the highlights from Pinwheels 2018! Will you make the highlight slideshow this year? Come join us!

Durham Board of County Commissioners Passes ACEs Community Resilience Plan

Durham, North Carolina, is a vibrant community that is rapidly growing and changing. It’s also a diverse community. Children in Durham come from a wide variety of ethnic, racial, and national backgrounds. This diversity is a beautiful thing because it contributes to the rich cultural tapestry that makes Durham such a special place to work and live, but it also poses problems.

Supporting Domestic Violence Victims with Proven Methods

Supporting Domestic Violence Victims with Proven Methods

Jessica was referred to Exchange Family Center’s Parenting of Adolescents (POA) program to receive support improving her relationship with her mother (Jane) and addressing the emotional distress they both witnessed/experienced while living with domestic violence. Out family therapists helped this mother-daughter duo sort through a lot of emotions and an extensive domestic violence history.

Have You Planned Your Charitable Contributions for 2019? Rules, Benefits, and Questions About QCDs.

Have You Planned Your Charitable Contributions for 2019? Rules, Benefits, and Questions About QCDs.

When you reach the required age (70½), you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA. But if you don’t need the funds, a QCD counts toward your minimum distribution and is one way to maximize your charitable impact, while reducing your tax liabilities. While most non-Roth IRAs are eligible for QCDs, there are other requirements.

The Pathway to Healing: Parenting After Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Whether you have recently left an abusive relationship, are still in one, or are looking for ways to support the survivors in your life, this blog post will give you some tips to help adults build strong, positive relationships with children that protect children from the negative results of being exposed to domestic violence

Protective Factors: Concrete Support in Good Times and in Bad

As families in eastern North Carolina face cleaning up after the damage and devastation left in Hurricane Florence’s wake, it’s a good time to consider resilience. We’ve discussed 5 protective factors in the past that buffer and support children and families even during stressful times like these. It seems especially apt, given the disaster affecting our region to look closely at the fourth of these protective factors here: concrete support in good times and in bad.

We All Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends—2 Benefits of Strong Social Networks

It’s back to school time! But what does that mean? For you it might mean a bit more quiet time at home. For your kids it might mean a new school, new classroom, new teacher, and maybe even a new Wonder Woman backpack. But as we get ourselves and our kids ready for a new year, we also want to remember that back to school isn’t just about getting back to academics. It’s also about getting back to great friends, making new ones, and having other social experiences.