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Support National Safe Place, March 11-17

3/7/2007:   During National Safe Place week, March 11-17, go online at www.nationalsafeplace.org to learn more about how the national youth outreach program educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own.

According to the website, "Safe Place creates a network of 'Safe Place locations'--youth-friendly businesses, schools, fire stations, libraries, YMCAs, and other appropriate public buildings that display the distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign. In many communities, the local transit system takes part, designating buses as mobile Safe Place sites."

Since the first Safe Place was initiated in 1983, approximately 97,000 youth have been connected to immediate help and safety at Safe Place locations.

A way to support the program this year is to participate in their fundraising effort to recycle ink jet cartridges. Through a partnership with Charitable Recycling Ink, Safe Place hopes to collect 1 million cartridges by September 1, 2007. More than 70 agencies are participating in the project. Safe Place provides all materials necessary for recycling at no cost to agencies or recycling partners.

For more information, contact Katie Chapman at 502/635-3660, or cchapman@nationalsafeplace.org.

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