ELKHART — Elkhart County Child and Parent Services is gearing up for its annual April fundraisers this weekend, but safety concerns have caused the agency to cut one of its fundraising campaigns.
In past years, CAPS has raised between $4,000 and $5,000 by stationing volunteers at Elkhart County intersections to collect spare change from passing motorists, said Stacey Anderson, events specialist for CAPS.
This year, CAPS will not be sending volunteers to Elkhart County street corners.
The agency announced the change last year as Elkhart County considered ordinances banning such fundraisers.
To make up for this loss of revenue, Anderson said the organization is increasing its other fundraising efforts.
Hundreds of CAPS volunteers wearing red aprons will be stationed at the doors of Elkhart County stores and shopping centers collecting donations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
Local hair salons are offering blue hair extensions for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting CAPS, Anderson said.
Blue extensions are available at the following Elkhart County hair salons:
Cutting Loose Salon, 3815 S. Main St., Elkhart
In Style Salon, 508 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
Infused Salon, 129 Orpha Drive, Middlebury
L & M Hair Design, 202 S. Main St., Goshen
Mane Event Hair Design, 211 N. Main St., Elkhart
Salon 6, 500 Spring Crossing Drive, Middlebury
Salon J, 130 S. Main St., Goshen
Tangles Hair Design, 1844 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
The Beauty Shop, 1234 Johnson St., Elkhart
US Male Hair and Body Salon, 1718 Bashor Road, Goshen
Friday has also been designated Wear Blue for Kids Day. The community is asked to wear blue to support children’s safety.
CAPS’s fundraising efforts will continue through the month of May with “give-back” nights at local restaurants. The participating restaurants will give a percentage of the proceeds from the specified evenings to CAPS.
Fat Tomato, 4100 E. Bristol St., Elkhart: May 1
Sauk Trail on 17, 56039 Parkway Ave., Elkhart: May 6
Michael’s Italian Restaurant, 528 Harrison St., Elkhart: May 8
Kelly Jae’, 133 S. Main St., Goshen: May 9
Café Navarre, 101 N. Michigan St., South Bend: May 14
Sports Time Family Pub, 56199 Parkway Ave., Elkhart: May 16
Constant Spring, 219 S. Main St., Goshen: May 23
For more information about CAPS or this month’s fundraisers call 295-2277 or visit www.capselkhart.org.