ENVISION A DAY...
When all Union County children, adults, and families have the resources and community support they need to succeed.
ENVISION living in a community that doesn’t lose kids or adults to abuse, addiction, poverty, or crime.
ENVISION a community where a new generation will become the best and the brightest regardless of personal situations.
ENVISION a greater number of healthy, happy and successful adults staying in Union County to raise their families and build their careers.
ENVISION a community that helps those who are coming out of incarceration and abusive situations to become successful and productive community and family members.
Then ENVISION families who will continue to make Union County a model community and...
Finally, ENVISION a community that works together to make all of this happen.
How can you help make an IMPACT?
The Union County VIP now belongs to the people of Union County. It will lead our community in realizing our vision for children and families. We call on every resident to become part of the movement to build a culture in which all Union County children, adults, and families have the resources and community support they need to succeed.
Get involved as a non-profit partner
Get Involved as a VIP Partner
The Union County Violence Intervention Plan (VIP) proactively and broadly addresses crime and violence prevention and intervention in six priority areas beginning with our youth and families. Those priority areas are: mentoring and role models, re-entry, neighborhood watches and clean neighborhoods, parenting and life skills, jobs and targeted education and mental health/substance & drug abuse. Coalitions for each priority area meet regularly to build community participation and collaborations, promote awareness and to implement the VIP strategies developed for targeted outcomes.
This VIP serves as a catalyst for change in efforts to positively impact children, youth and families in our county and we know there are multiple agencies that do the same. If we as a community are truly committed to changing the odds for young people and families in need, we have to change the way we do business. No single organization or person can do it independently. We must work together like never before to generate a greater impact than anyone could ever achieve alone.
If you are involved in any effort that proactively addresses crime and violence prevention and/or intervention we want to work with you. Come alongside and help you grow your efforts. Please call Debbie Watts at (870) 881-9015 to start that discussion.
In the words of Margaret Mead, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Become a focus area coalition member
Union County Violence Intervention Plan Coalitions
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead
All Union County children, adults and families will have the resources and community support they need to succeed.
To proactively focus on the priorities, strategies and targeted outcomes of the VIP and to serve as a catalyst for change in efforts to positively impact Union County.
There are six coalitions that address the focus areas of the Union County Violence Intervention Plan (VIP):
- Mentoring & Role Models
- Neighborhood Watches & Clean Neighborhoods
- Parenting & Life Skills
- Jobs & Targeted Education
- Mental Health & Drug/Substance Abuse
A coalition will be formed for each focus area. Individual coalitions will meet monthly on an agreed upon regularly recurring date and time with some exceptions. The intent is to keep meetings to 90 minutes or less. All VIP grantees from these coalitions will come together and meet as a whole at least twice annually. All coalitions may meet as a whole 1-2 times a year for various reasons. Coalition members are expected to attend their coalition as often as possible, be actively involved and provide assistance especially in their field of expertise.
Working committees could be formed within each coalition as the needs of the community are realized and need to be addressed but initially each coalition will work as one group. Committees formed will work together within their own coalition or may work with other coalitions as these focus areas cross over in many ways.
Coalition members may recruit others to help in the coalition work as needed to accomplish the work identified.
SHARE Foundation will provide the backbone support and be the liaison needed to facilitate each coalition.
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