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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate children, parents, child care providers, teachers and the community as a whole about child safety and child abuse prevention through educational material, activities, seminars and advocacy.

Results: To date over 4,600 children have benefited from our programs and information.

Target demographics: Young Children

Direct beneficiaries per year: In the last two and a half years over 4,600 children have learned the basics of staying safe while learning their alphabet and numbers

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, TX

Programs: "A-B-C Learn Safety With Me" is a program designed specifically for children ages 3-5 that teaches them the basics of safety(stranger awareness, anti-bullying,fire and pool safety, etc.) in a non scary way while teaching them their alphabet and numbers.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Phenomenal leadership with a clear vision on providing a valuable resource while understanding the challenges of the demographic and military community. An absolute 1st class organization making a huge difference!
#teamwork


My best,
Timothy
Timothy Montjoy | President | Operation Teammate, Inc.
timothy.montjoy@operationteammate.org
U.S. Air Force (Retired)
(m) 334.320.0577
Augusta, GA
https://www.operationteammate.org
Operation Teammate provides memorable sporting experiences to military children through Impactful Athlete Interaction
CFC approved charity: #31945

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MVACA, has pinpointed the strategy that makes the most sense in the fight against child abuse and that is teaching prevention to children while they are young enough to absorb and retain the information. I intend to implement their books in the children's shelter I am employed at.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABC Learn Safety With Me program is fun and makes a scary topic easy to talk about. All children should complete this program.

1 Tonya21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Huge thanks for all that you do!! Your kind hearts and dedication to serving others is more appreciated than you know.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think it is important to teach young children the importance of safety.
Because of their young ages they are learning their abc's and 123's and at the same time learning about safety in a fun way.
This is a great program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great program and volunteers! Kids really respond positively!

1 Janet128

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very informative and needed organization. Stellar in disseminating information to families.

1 Tim_74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a terrific organization and group of individuals...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is one of the most compassionate organizations I have had the pleasure of interacting with. Not only are they responsive but they stick by their cause with integrity and open hearts. i contacted the organization about a young boy who suffered horrible abuse. I was advocating for him and his family to drum up support in the form of letters , cards and notes as this young boy faced brain surgery and a long recovery. I contacted MVACB on social media and immediately got a heart-felt response ! They gave me invaluable advice as an advocate and encouraged me to start a Facebook page for the family and they shard Eli's story & page calling their followers to send notes of healing . There was no resistance only openness and genuine concern for all effected by child abuse. I will not hesitate to contact them in the future for advice or assistance !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really appreciate the outlook they have on fighting this problem

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization, very proud of their service!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply stated, it is a wonderful nonprofit. The vision and heart of the organization is to genuinely help others.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a worthy organization, motivated by a true passion to help keep our children away from harm! "It takes a village to raise up a kid" and keep them safe! Be a part of a nonprofit organization with a purpose! Our children are our future! Help make "good works" happen! Support this cause!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched this nonprofit change lives- one little life at a time. This program contains amazing information that is gathered up and all found in one place! The delivery format is perfect for young children. It is encouraging, non scary and quite engaging. The children love it and they are learning very important information to keep them safe in the home, on the streets, in the car and in the presence of strangers. I highly recommend it to everyone with young children in their life. Let's spread the word!!! A program that actually works!!

3 P.K. G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As military veterans who have traveled the world and experienced different cultures, one similarity is always constant, the protection of children. Military Veterans Against Child Abuse, uses this unique experience to reach out in the community, develop training programs designed to educate, raise awareness, to ensure the safety of our children. An outstanding organization whose dedication and commitment are simply unmatched!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharon Blacknall has created a program that teaches our young children between the ages of 3-5 about their ABC'S, 123's, Stranger Danger and Bullying in a way they can understand it. She would always say if we teach them when they are young they would know what to do if the bad person approaches them. I think she has done an amazing job! It is a great program! Every child should go through the program.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderfully put together program benefitting children. Volunteered for many organizations and this one is right up there with the best!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unwavering compassion and focus on helping the needy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome, thankyou. Appreciate all that you do, good job.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharon is very knowledgeable and passionate about keeping ourselves and our families safe!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great program to help children and families. We need more programs line this!

3 James138

Advisor

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is a great nonprofit organization. We have helped over 600 children between the ages of 3-5 years old understand child safety. The kids go home after our sessions and tell their parents about what they learned from our program. All the kids are happy when they see us plus they gain valuable lessons about being safe. The kids remind their parents to buckle them up before leaving in their vehicles plus the teachers learn different ways to incorporate our program with their teaching lessons.

Previous Stories
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Advisor

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse has developed an innovative program specifically for 3-5 year old child that teaches them about safety, their alphabet and numbers. The program is called A-B-C Learn Safety with Me and it covers safety topics such as stranger awareness, bullying, pool and fire safety, not keeping secrets, etc. Once the children have mastered the safety concepts, staying safe should be as natural as saying their ABC's! Over 400 children have participated in this program with outstanding results. This program is needed in every preschool, day care center and military base child development center to help parents and children understand that abuse can and will be stopped. With everyone joining our cause we can help one family and one child at a time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful program! So wonderful to see and know how it is helping others! Thank you all so much for putting it all together and doing so many wonderful things for the Children!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an abuse survivor, I am in full support of this amazing organization. It takes great strength to take action with the potential of saving even one beautiful, innocent life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is an Excellent program! All people or agencies that have some contact with children would benefit from this book.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone who is well acquainted with the plight of young children and the dangers that they face on a daily basis, it is crucial that groups like Military Veterans Against Child Abuse be encouraged to grow. The knowledge and insight that Sharon Blacknall and her staff bring to the arena on child safety is invaluable. Their primer "The ABC's and 123's of Child Safety" should be in each and every classroom in the America. It not only helps children recognize potentially hazardous or dangerous situations but it also reminds us adults that we should be more aware of the dangers that are present in today's society. My hats off to Sharon Blacknall for her courage, vision and fortitude to fight for the rights of those in our community who are the least able to fight for themselves.

1 Jennifer371

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is an innovative nonprofit that fills a niche for assisting primarily three to five year olds to learn strategies for staying safe. The language that is used to teach this target audience is appropriate for their young minds. The message reaches them in a way that children will understand and not be frightened while delivering important life lessons, tips, gentle precautions and instructions.

Mrs. Blacknall delivers a dynamic presentation to the children that is captivating and lively. The children are attentive to her every word as she presents vital safety instructions. At the close of the lesson, the children are on their feet! They are happy and eager to spread what they have learned with their siblings and/or other children.

Other work products offered are similarly impressive including a curriculum, safety instructions for parents and child safety kits. This organization is exceptional in the care and attention that is given to reducing the risks for any other child being abused.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is an amazing group. As an adult that suffered through emotional, physical, and verbal abuse for years as a child, it is an amazing thing to see that people are willing to stand up for abused children, because i didn't see much of that growing up. This group has my full support and backing, and i believe all parents should support them. They are doing an awesome job trying to eliminate child abuse.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is an organization that deserves the highest accolades! As most loving mothers teaching my child safety right now, I am extremely grateful for this organization because of the amount of lives that are and/will be changed because of the vision and belief system it's presence has on all communities. This organization is timeless and long over due. I appreciate the proactive nature this organization stands for, and I strongly recommend every military base and schools across the county to implement the readings and core teachings of The ABCs and 123s of Child Safety written by the founder of MVACA as it is fun and easy read, geared toward keeping the worlds children safe!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse (MVACA) offers education on prevention of child abuse. My niece and I had fun learning about safety. She recently started school and the first thing she learned on this program is to remember her parents name and how to spell it. She also had to remember her home address and phone number. It's amazing how many young children in her school who do not know where they live or how to call home in an emergency. The other fascinating observation I had when I went to my niece's school was young children only knew how to say their last name but not spell it. There's more safety topics to learn such as stranger awareness, bullying, pool and fire safety, and specially not keeping secrets. I wish I had this program when I first school.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse delivers a very important message of safety in a way children can remember and understand. We all need a safe place to be and this type of book is a great way to bring the safety message home to not only the children but the parents, friends and family alike. I am one of 7 children and my mom read to us allot growing up. I know if she would of had access to a creative and smart resource like this , we would of been better prepared for the world ahead of us. God Bless this organization and God Bless the Children. I love this charity. It is one of the most important projects I have seen in a very long time that is all about the future health and safety of our babies.

Sherrie Lynn McBurney
Dallas, Texas

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization and the people who run it. Kids safety is so important to me. I am a mother of five. Three are in the army, one in high school and one in college. I have three grandkids. My granddaughter received a safety book and she loves it. The illustrations, the colors and the message. Great what they do for kids. I highly recommend them.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse (MVACA) offers education on prevention of child abuse and a fun, easy way to teach little ones about the importance of safety. This organization helps to build our future generations into responsible citizens. Keep the knowledge train going!

1 Chantel B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Military Veterans Against Child Abuse (MVACA) offers our community a great service by educating children and their parents on the steps they can take to prevent child abuse. The curriculum provided makes it easy for a child to understand what to look out for and do to prevent harm.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program has much needed tools for educators and parents to share in a non-frightening way safety and well being with children. The book not only teaches safety, but friendly social skills as well. The materials also teach counting, alphabet, reading, colors and great interaction time between the teacher or parent and child. Safety awareness for the parents and the children is invaluable!

1 Mike121

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work done by this organization is invaluable. By educating the public on child abuse the way they do, it is my hope that some day child abuse can be eliminated. Getting the information to the children in a simple fom that they can understand allows them to be able to make the decisions necessary to not become victims. Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent, just what is needed to help our children to learn to be safe.

1 Audrey20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharon Martin Blacknall has made a great awareness of Military members child abuse around the globe. Her hard work and understanding of child abuse is making people not take for granted that all military people can be trusted around children, even their own children. Sharon's stand on child abuse has made the people who can do something about child abuse in the military take a closer look at the military members behavior to our children.

Keep up the work Sharon, we really appreciate what you are doing to bring awareness to child abuse.

Audrey Crump

1 Darren P.

Board Member

Rating: 4

We have seen so many cases in recent times of children being severely abused and in some cases even being killed. A group of Veterans decided to make a make a difference. The goal of MVACA is to make people aware of what is going on in their local communities. Children are our future. We need to do our part to guarantee their safety. No child should live in fear of being abused. I am proud to be a part of this organization