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The History of Safe Kids

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments, and volunteers to educate and protect families.

Safe Kids Elkhart County began in 1991 as a coalition of public health and safety professionals and interested community volunteers to promote injury prevention through education and awareness. The mission remains the same today.

While injury is a threat to children everywhere, significant progress has been made in the Elkhart County community to reduce the risks. This progress must continue and the lessons learned from years of injury prevention work must be renewed, expanded, and adapted to help create an overall culture of safety awareness.

By working with Safe Kids Worldwide, the Elkhart County coalition shall:

  • Engage the community and provide education to children and parents to prevent accidental injuries.
  • Provide lifesaving devices, such as child safety seats, helmets, and smoke alarms to families who need them.
  • Generate awareness regarding the burden of accidental injuries
  • Work with policymakers, elected officials to improve child safety laws and regulations.

Safe Kids Goals

Our Mission Statement:

Safe Kids Elkhart County is a coalition of community partners working to prevent accidental death and injury to children. We empower families and our community to:

  • Educate children and adults
  • Create safe environments
  • Conduct research and
  • Advocate for more effective laws

Our Vision Statement:

Safe Kids Elkhart County’s vision is to eliminate unintentional injuries and death to children of all ages. We offer several displays, presentations, and literature to the public. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety at pools/Open water areas
  • Playground Safety
  • Sports Injury Prevention
  • Poison Prevention
  • Railroad Safety
  • Home Safety
  • Car Seat Safety

For more information about Safe Kids Elkhart County please call 574-523-2112 to speak with the Safe Kids Coordinator.

Safe Kids Advisory Board

Safe Kids Elkhart County Advisory Board consists of community representatives and professionals. General membership meetings are open to the public. Committee members prepare a slate for board members and officers prior to the annual election.

The membership team will also assist committees in finding new members as requested. It is their mission to expand agency, business, professional, and community involvement within the coalition.

For more information about being a part of the Safe Kids board or becoming a volunteer, please call 574-523-2112.