The Linn County Safe Kids Coalition works to reduce unintentional injuries and death in children ages 0-19. Unintentional injuries are often preventable and are the number one killer of kids in the United States. By providing education, awareness and tools, the coalition seeks to prevent these types of injuries. Linn County Safe Kids gives away hundreds of free bicycle helmets to local kids, holds bike safety presentations throughout the community, and offers free child safety seat checks. The coalition consists of community volunteers and is co-lead by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Linn County Safe Kids Coalition is part of the Network of Safe Kids Worldwide.
Linn County Safe Kids
Linn County Safe Kids Coalition hosts a child safety seat check event on the second Thursday of every other month at McGrath’s in Hiawatha.
From 2014 – 2016, Linn County Safe Kids:
- Distributed 3,000 free bicycle helmets to children in the community
- Donated 69 child safety seats to families in need
Linn County Safe Kids Coalition is made up of representatives from the Marion Police Department, Marion Fire Department, Hiawatha Fire Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Linn County Decat, Linn County Nurturing Parent Program, Mercy Medical Center, UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital, UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Playground, Bob Mickey Collision Center, ASAC, and community volunteers.