Local runaway prevention campaign starts Sunday
A local social service agency is encouraging residents to put green light bulbs in their porch lights through the month of November to raise awareness for runaway and homeless kids.
November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and Champaign-based Community Elements hopes to educate the public about preventing young people from running away. Community Elements spokesman Russ Mullett said the national movement uses green light bulbs because the color is a symbol for safety and a welcoming environment.
Community Elements hopes to distribute 500 bulbs this year, which is it's fifth year participating in the movement. Volunteers and staff will host a informational event on Sunday where people can pick up green light bulbs. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Stone Creek Church parking lot in Urbana.
If you can't make it to that event, you can pick up a green light bulb at Community Elements on Fox Drive in Champaign. Or staff and volunteers can also deliver light bulbs to your home by calling 693-4529.