Anti-violence group to hold next pitch night

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Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids

The Safe Alliances For Everyone (SAFE) Task Force is looking to donate funds to individuals and organizations for their ideas to reduce crime in Grand Rapids.

The group is hosting another pitch night from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Ottawa Hills High School, at 2055 Rosewood Ave. SE. SAFE hopes to award up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations and up to $1,000 to individuals to support their concepts and efforts in reducing community violence.

“As we’ve seen from the pitches of the past, some of the best ideas to reduce violence in Grand Rapids come from our own community,” said Asante Cain, assistant to the city manager and staff liaison to the SAFE Task Force. “We want to continue to promote and assist in the achievement of those ideas. We look forward to listening to these pitches and learning about new proposals that can benefit all of Grand Rapids.”

Each participant has five minutes to present their idea and show how it will reduce violence for individuals between 15 and 24 years of age in Grand Rapids. The ideas must be connected to the recommendations of the SAFE Task Force, the Grand Rapids Police Department’s strategic plan or the city’s strategic plan while being reviewed by a panel of judges.

Over the past three years, SAFE awarded over $150,000 through pitch and highlight nights to various nonprofits, including Clean and Sober, Elevated Principles, Giant Steps, Grand City, Lifequest Ministries, Muse and All of the Above Hip Hop, Realism is Loyalty and Urban Family Ministries.

The SAFE Task Force was created by mayoral action and is sponsored by the city of Grand Rapids. Goals of the task force are to lower violence in the community by partnering with organizations, individuals and businesses to solve issues residents ages 15-24 face, including gun violence, lack of recreational activities and mental health issues.

Registration is at this link.

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