Police are the front-line to communities in need. Our Compassionate Acts Program provides officers with valuable resources that build positive relationships and prevent crime before it even begins. Initiatives within our Compassionate Acts Program include, but are not limited to:
We designed a roadmap
with five distinct pathways that lead to community transformation.
Equipping police officers with non-perishable food items to share with people in need.
Warm for Winter
Equipping police officers with winter coats, hats and gloves to share with people in need.
To show police officers they are not alone and that their communities honor, appreciate, and stand by them, we lead by example through our Communities Supporting Officers initiatives. Our efforts include, but are not limited to:
Crisis Response Program
Raising money to assist families of fallen officers and officers critically injured in the line of duty.
Feed an Officer Campaign
Every year, we engage the community in showing appreciation to law enforcement. The campaign culminates in the delivery of lunches and other demonstrations of support on December 14th, Greg Alia Day.
Knight of Honor
Our annual celebration recognizing excellence in community service.
To increase social capital in under-resourced neighborhoods, we partner with local organizations to host a collection of annual family friendly gatherings known as our Connected Communities events. Each event is tailored to meet the unique characteristics of a neighborhood and reaches approximately 500 people on average. The events strategically seek to engage diverse community partners in developing fun, hopeful, events that infuse resources and strengthen the sense of community. Examples of our signature events include, but are not limited to:
Daddy & Me 5K
Celebrating the important role fathers play with a fun run.
Providing a Thanksgiving Feast and other resources to those in need.
Promoting healthy eating and urban gardening through a pop-up, backyard Farmers Market.
Our COMPASS Program is a comprehensive, evidence-informed approach to promoting community safety, resilience, and well-being. By implementing our four-phased strategic formula, COMPASS elevates community strengths and improves outcomes for all… one neighborhood at a time.
The four phases of COMPASS:
- Trust building and community engagement
- Community mobilization and mapping needs to assets
- Implementation of community generated plans
We deployed COMPASS through our North Columbia Youth Empowerment Initiative where we continue to develop alignment among groups directly committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children. The success seen in North Columbia is being used to expand COMPASS into four new counties, including Kershaw, Newberry, Fairfield and Orangeburg.
Because local impact drives national change, we’re continually recommitting ourselves to steering transformational impact on a local level through vocal leadership and evidence-based strategies. To spread change faster, we’re building a movement that reinforces Together. We are Better.