Blue Ribbon Campaign

The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia lost her grandson, Michael Dickenson. The three-year-old died at the hands of her daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her car – symbolizing the blue of her grandson’s bruises – and encouraged her community to do the same.

Each year in Central Oregon more than 50,000 blue ribbons are distributed locally during the month of April by volunteers and community partners to promote child abuse prevention. As part of the Blue Ribbon Campaign, we are asking you to “Speak Up and Save a Child.” It is a call for the adult community to take an active role in protecting the children of Central Oregon. By simply taking a child abuse prevention training, you raise awareness of child abuse in our community and create a safer environment for all children.


Speak Up and Save a Child

Everybody holds a piece of the puzzle in preventing child abuse. You can “Speak Up and Save a Child” by:

Find a blue ribbon to wear through the month of April at KIDS Center or MountainStar, or at local businesses throughout Central Oregon. For more information about MountainStar’s events, visit

Blue Ribbon Newsletters

2019 Blue Ribbon Newsletter

2019 Crook County Newsletter

2019 Jefferson County Newsletter

2019 Español Newsletter

Blue Ribbon Partners


The Blue Ribbon Campaign is brought to you through a partnership by KIDS Center and MountainStar.

Our Blue Ribbon Sponsors