$ 1.2 million grant to the Alternatives to Violence program

Alternatives to Violence will focus on tackling violence in the Beatties Ford Road corridor.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Anti-violence initiative receives significant funding increase from Wells Fargo Foundation and GreenLight Fund Charlotte.

The City of Charlotte announced Tuesday that the Alternatives to Violence (ATV) program has received a total of $ 1.2 million from Wells Fargo and GreenLight; $ 1 million came from the bank, while $ 200,000 came from GreenLight. The funds were accepted at the city council business meeting, and the funds will be used to support ongoing program evaluation and capacity building.

“Everyone in Charlotte – young and old – deserves a community free from violence,” said Michelle Lee, regional banking manager for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is committed to supporting efforts and organizations like Alternatives to Violence that uplift marginalized communities and communities of color, and that restore justice and advance racial equity. ”

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Demond Richardson, Social Impact and Sustainability Consultant at Wells Fargo, said: “I was born and raised in the Beatties Ford Road Corridor, so it’s especially important to me that we support the City of Charlotte and its Alternatives program. to Violence, which is focused on reducing all types of violence in our local community.

This grant is part of a larger $ 10 million commitment by Wells Fargo to support non-partisan research on preventing violence in local communities and to fund pilot programs in those communities that also examine improvement. safety in schools.

“GreenLight Fund Charlotte has explored effective models for addressing violence and we are extremely proud to make this co-investment to support community safety. We believe that solutions co-created with residents can be the most effective and have seen the proven and measurable benefits of this program which directs resources to neighborhood residents to be their own agents of change, ”said Carrie Cook, Executive Director of the GreenLight Fund Charlotte.

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ATV is part of the city’s SAFE Charlotte initiative, which includes Violence Interruption, Hospital Violence Intervention and $ 1 million in grants to local community organizations. Affordable housing and pathways to employment are also part of the larger initiative.

The program will employ violence interrupters and outreach workers to work with those most at risk of committing or being victims of violent crime, talking to them about the costs of violence and helping them get the social services they need. need. such as vocational training and drug treatment.

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