Hands of Protection to Prevent Child Abuse is a non-profit organization that was created to increase public awareness of child abuse and neglect in communities. Our efforts include the providing of seminars, materials, and varied activities (Planting of Pinwheel Gardens, Vigils, 5K Walks, Luncheons, Auctions, etc.) to keep the public informed of proven stategies that help to ensure that every child has the right to grow in a safe and nurturing environment.  

 (2023) Goals 

Focus on three major areas to strengthen communities:  hunger, mental health, and promoting community awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Provide materials, seminars, and events to Increase community involvement with evidence based concepts/programs.  

Develop partnerships with varied agencies and organization that provide services to assist families.

Increase participation of churches, businesses, organizations, etc. in varied activities/events during the Prevention of Child Abuse Month.     

Use Website/Facebook to provide announcements, valuable articles, information, and resources that support the awareness and prevention of child maltreatment.   



Board Leadership

Hands of Protection to Prevent Child Abuse is led by six volunteer leaders dedicated to ensure that all children have an opportunity to grow in a nurturing environment.  


Patricia Grantham, President

Channte Keith, Vice President

Wilma Keith Jackson, Secretary

Cassie Arnette, Recording Secretary

Jo Ann Phillips, Financial Secretary

Dr. Carolyn Penny, Founder & CEO


Keiva Robinson - Chair

Cassie Arnette- Co-Chair

Michelle Bridges   Jason Mahoney 

Ethel Childs   Ronald Penny, Jr.   

Channte Keith                                                


JoAnn Phillips - Chair

Cassie Arnette                             Wiladean Thomas


Pat Grantham - Chair

Carolyn Penny - Co-Chair 

Elizabeth Chance                           Joyce Ray

Ethel Childs               Vinita Sharma

Barbara Floyd            


Vacant - Chair

Vacant - Co-Chair

Ethel Childs Vivian Hurlstson

Ginger Espino Channte' Keith 

Adriene Gamble Delanie Penny

Maurice Gonzalez Jalen Pitmann

Kim Green        Ronald Penny

Bessie Griffin Wiladean Thomas


Elizabeth Chance - Chair

Macine Powell - Co-Chair

Erin Belcher       Eboni Green    

Vivian Childs   Charita Murphy                                                        

Janice Coaxum   Vinita Sharma              

Ariane Dolby   Monique Stokes         

Ginger Espino   Faye Terrell  



Barbara Floyd - Chair

Wilma Jackson - Co-Chair

Patricia Grantham Nina Rethemeyer

Carolyn Penny Regina Sanders

Macine Powell Monique Stokes   


Adhoc Committees:

Prevention of Child Abuse Month ActivitiesMichelle Bridges, Elizabeth Chance, and Macine Powell. 

Scholarship:   Elizabeth Chance, Theresa Adams,  Ariane Dolby, Charita Murphy, Macine Powell, Keiva Robinson, and Wiladean Thomas.