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By embracing the community, we can bring awareness and education to the children and families of Saginaw County.
— Catherine Martinez,

Community Development Director

Public Awareness

The CAN Van

Have you seen our CAN Van around Saginaw?

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Roofsit slideshow

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CAP Month at Merrill High School

National Campaign for
Pinwheels for Prevention


National Exchange Clubs link for
Blue Ribbon Campaign

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Our extremely colorful CAN van is now in full operation. With the initial donation of a used MMR ambulance van and generous donations from the community, we were able to retrofit the van to meet the needs of our Baby Think It Over program. Our Education Coordinator, Danelle Elliott, is  able to easily transport our 60 infant simulators to all Saginaw County high schools.

This van attracts attention wherever it goes.  Many thanks to: Mobile Medical Response, Superior Interiors, Total Performance Restoration, AGP & Associates, Inc., Zentx Media Group, Ken Ayres, Jeff Dupuis, and Vic Davila for their work on the van. Thank you also to HealthPlus, the Andersen Foundation and the Timbertown Dollology Club for funding the infant simulators.

Annual Roofsit

In August, the Child Abuse and Neglect Council Great Lakes Bay Region and Safe & Sound of Midland team with 102.5 WIOG and area McDonald’s Restaurants to increase the awareness of child abuse prevention.  Radio personalities station
themselves on the roof of the Wilder Road McDonald’s and broadcast public service announcements along with appeals for contributions.

Welcome Wednesdays

On the second Wednesday of every month, the Council hosts an open house for individuals to find out more about the programs and services of the CAN Council.  You are welcome to join us at 8 a.m. to view a short video and take a personal tour of our facilities.  No reservations necessary-please join us.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region plans many activities and events for April to bring awareness to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Pinwheels for Prevention

The pinwheel is a nationally recognized symbol encouraging everyone to “play their part” in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

  • • Local high schools and businesses are encouraged to plant pinwheel gardens in the shape of a blue ribbon to promote prevention.


Blue Ribbons & Pinwheels at the Courthouse begins at noon on the first Tuesday of April at Bay & Saginaw County courthouses with a 15-minute program during which the county proclamation will be read. Volunteers will tie blue ribbons to trees and plant pinwheels in the courthouse lawn. The Children’s flag, a tribute to missing children, will also fly over the courthouse for the month of April.

Blue Ribbon Campaign

The blue ribbon is a nationally recognized symbol of child abuse and neglect prevention.  It symbolizes the positive steps that everyone can take to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

  • • For the month of April, the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region requests local businesses to sell blue ribbon cards for a minimum donation of $1 each.
  • • Local business and home owners are encouraged to tie blue ribbons on their trees.
  • • Blue ribbon lapel pins are distributed to law enforcement officers, civic leaders, and those who are working as professionals or volunteers for child abuse prevention.

Blue Sunday Campaign

Blue Sunday is a national child abuse prevention initiative seeking to inspire others to create their own child abuse prevention efforts.

  • • The CAN Council encourages local faith communities across the region to take the time in their morning service to pray for the victims of child abuse.
  • • Faith communities organize members to donate needed items to the CAN Council during “Fill a Van for CAN”.
  • • The last Sunday in April the CAN Council opens it’s doors to the community for an open house, children’s prayer and to receive donations collected.

You may see yourself in one of these slideshows:

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Lizard Fair slideshow 1

Lizard Fair slideshow 2

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Roofsit slideshow

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Garber Classic Car show

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Zoo 30th Celebration slideshow

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the Mural slideshow

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Grand Central Bike Run


















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