Taylor Eady is on a mission.
It’s a mission to keep as many children as safe as possible in Baldwin County.
The new coalition, launched this week, is called SafeKids Baldwin.
Eady, a certified firefighter with Baldwin County Fire Rescue, also serves the coalition’s coordinator of SafeKids Baldwin.
She explained the program to members of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Eady also encouraged commissioners to attend a celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Central Georgia Technical College in Milledgeville as the newest coalition kicks off in Georgia. It will be held in Room 107-B on the local CGTC campus.
Baldwin County Fire Rescue, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and SafeKids Georgia will all take part in the kickoff celebration.
“It’s a real good opportunity for the kids of Baldwin County,” Fire Rescue Chief Steve Somers told commissioners.
Eady delivered a presentation on how the program works.
“I first heard about SafeKids Georgia through the Fire Safety Training Symposium at the training center in Forsyth,” Eady said. “And during that meeting with them they informed me about what all SafeKids is a part of and that’s unintentional childhood injuries from birth to age 19.”
Eady pointed out that the highest unintentional rate in Baldwin County is from motor vehicle crashes.
Through the new coalition, SafeKids Baldwin, Eady said the county will receive donated car seats through SafeKids Georgia to help target these injuries and hopefully lower the injury statistics.
Based on the needs of the community, the SafeKids coalition implements programs such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, aimed at helping parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
“SafeKids in itself is designed for unintentional childhood injuries, and they are a non-profit organization,” Eady said. “Now, as a SafeKids Baldwin coordinator, I perform this all on my own time outside of work, at home.”
Since it is a non-profit organization, Eady is not compensated.
“I do not get paid to do this,” Eady said. “Everything I do for this is volunteered on my own time, because my vision for SafeKids Baldwin is I’m raising two small girls here and I want every child here, their parents and guardians, and our elders to have the opportunity to be safe and to receive safety education and to receive safety material so we can work on lowering these statistics. I want every child to have the opportunity to be as safe as my girls do.”
The new program in Baldwin County will work under the SafeKids Georgia.
The program is offered worldwide.
“We’re looking forward to getting it all established here,” Eady said, noting there are 31 coalitions that service 51 counties across the state.
SafeKids Baldwin will only serve those living in Baldwin County.
“This is our home,” Eady said. “This is where our kids are and this is the area I wanted to focus on.”
For more information about SafeKids Baldwin call 478-718-9087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org