Hip Hop Family Day April 8, 2017

Hip Hop Family Day April 8, 2017

In the Community

It’s safe to say Hip Hop Family Day was one of our all-time favorite events EVER! Thank you to Fat Rat da Czar and the Love, Peace and Hip Hop team for your warm welcome and thank you to our AWESOME volunteers, especially Richland County deputies Kellye and Kelly and Forest Acres officer Alex, for bringing the fun!

Dynamic Health and Fitness Heroes In Blue Fundraiser

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We were SO thankful for the support from Dynamic Health and Fitness in West Columbia! On April 22, they put on an outstanding event in support of Heroes In Blue. Check out our photos to see more of the fun! THANK YOU DYNAMIC HEALTH AND FITNESS!

Thank you also to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for your outstanding help. While we were there, we heard a powerful story from Deputy Greg Carr. He shared about a time when he and another deputy pitched in to buy a young boy in need shoes. This is just one example of why we do what we do!

Also, a HUGE HUGE thanks to our outstanding team! Laura, Lauren, Jessica, Adianne, Brandi and Allen – y’all are rockstars. We couldn’t do this without you!

Heroes In Blue Goes to the Prom!

Volunteer Update

We were honored to join
Richland County Sheriff’s Department for the Mardis Gras Prom for students with special needs on Friday March 24! Brandie and Kory from Forest Acres Police Dept volunteered for #HeroesInBlue.
For the event, Richland County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the senior student body from Richland District Two Schools to treat special needs students to a Mardis Gras themed prom.
Brandie shared with us that she spent some time talking with an aid at Richland Northeast High School who said that the kids are like velcro on her. Brandie saw it with her ow17492654_232376907235783_7854942409626796826_on eyes! The aid shared that sometimes the students can show so much love it can be overwhelming. When she asks why they do that, they say, “Because I love you.”
This prom is the only chance some of the kids get to go to prom and for some it was their first dance ever. Brandie shared that, “The parents that attended looked so proud. Straightening ties and brushing hair out of faces, snapping photos and shooting video. It struck me right in the heart that for some of the parents, this is a milestone life event that they may have thought their child would never have. I sort of took for granted that everybody had a prom. Whether you decided to go or not the event was there, but for some students, that isn’t reality.”
She shared a touching story where a woman was pushing a young lady in a wheelchair.  The woman pushing the student said, “I’m so tired, I just want to sit down, but she want s to keep moving. Today is all about her so, we’re going to keep moving!”
Brandie shared, “We could all learn a lot for these special kids. They were all inclusive. It didn’t matter your level of ability or 17492687_232340827239391_3725275004016802690_omobility. Staff, student, teacher, parent,  or cop it didn’t matter. Today, you were just someone to snap a picture and dance with.  I had a great time. I hope I get the chance to do another event like this!”
We love it! Thank you RCSD and thank you 
“Change happens one relationship at a time”: Our March 8 Volunteer Meeting

“Change happens one relationship at a time”: Our March 8 Volunteer Meeting

Volunteer Update

Heroes In Blue is currently a 100% volunteer run organization and our team is continually growing with passionate, creative individuals.

On Wednesday March 8th, our volunteer team met. Our goal was to continue our brainstorming about creative ways to connect police and community. At the meeting, we began by discussing the vision for Heroes In Blue and in particular our Compassionate Acts Grant Program. The program will fund police-driven initiatives to build relationships with the community. It will also be designed to share more positive stories and eventually develop a database of best practices in community policing.

To help guide our brainstorming, we dove into a rich discussion around a few of the current challenges and opportunities experienced by police. Katie Jasak of Richland County Sheriff’s Department was on hand to share about her experiences trying to reach out to communities in greatest need. She shared the positives – the people who were thankful – and also the challenges. img_7590

We talked about trust and entering communities who are wary of police. We talked about the importance of connecting with the non-English speaking and immigrant community. David Burns with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department shared his experiences in schools. He shared that he was able to make change happen “one parent at a time.” The way he did it? By asking, “How can I help you?” David was one of our Knight of Honor nominees.

Change doesn’t happen overnight and it certainly doesn’t happen in one meeting. Through these discussions, we are working towards developing a shared understanding of what the needs are and how we as a movement can respond. As one of our volunteers said, we will keep “growing the army:” An army armed with love, compassion and a commitment to change.

Want to become a part of the movement? Find our group, Heroes In Blue Volunteers, or email us at weareheroesinblue@gmail.com.

  • Kassy Alia, President