Alexandria resident Susan Guiffre Hebbel was recognized by SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia for two decades of service and for her role in starting the organization's golf tournament through which more than a half million dollars have been raised over the years to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs.
Susan first became involved with SCAN as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, then as a member of the Board of Directors, and later as a special events volunteer and YoKid instructor during SCAN's ABC’s of Parenting Classes’ Children’s Program. Susan also was instrumental in starting SCAN’s annual Golf Tournament 17 years ago, when it began as a collaboration with the Alexandria Optimist Club in which her father, Joe Guiffre, was active.
Susan was presented with an engraved silver tray in honor of her service at the awards dinner for SCAN’s 2013 golf tournament this summer.
"Susan has made lives better for hundreds of children and adults in the community through her vision, volunteerism, and unending energy!" said Sonia Quinonez, SCAN executive director.
As a CASA volunteer, Susan gave a voice to the kids for whom she advocated. She spoke up in Court and in the community as decisions were made about these vulnerable children's placement and future. She still has a close bond with some of those children, many of whom have now reached adulthood. One of those young women recently spoke to SCAN’s Board of Directors about the impact Susan's positive influence had on her life, encouraging her to complete college and pursue a successful career in law enforcement. She has successfully broken the generational cycle of child abuse and thanks Susan and SCAN for helping her do so.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, improve parent-child relations and prevent child abuse and neglect by: EDUCATING the community about the scope, nature and consequences of child abuse and neglect and the importance of positive, nurturing parenting; PROVIDING direct parent education; and ADVOCATING for children in the community, the legislature and the courts.
Learn more about our programs at www.scanva.org