Violence Prevention Task Force Launches First “Community Day”

Danville, Ill. (WCIA) – Danville had its first “community day” on Saturday. The Violence Prevention Task Force invited families to spend the afternoon at Garfield Park. They said they couldn’t keep hoping for an end to the violence; they must act.

“We want to be proactive, overly reactive in ending the violence,” said Tara Wright, director of prevention, education and outreach at the Survivor Resource Center.

Many organizations have shown their support. The Danville NAACP, Survivor Resource Center, Boys and Girls Club and many others co-sponsored the event. They wanted to provide a free opportunity for families to come together and feel supported.

Saturday was just the first of many community days. The task force received a three-year grant worth approximately $200,000. Their mission is to eradicate all kinds of violence in Vermilion County, including shootings and sexual assaults. But they also want to support survivors and provide them with resources to help them heal.

“It’s very person-centred when you think about what happens to a person and how it affects them, how it impacts their family members around them. And we want everyone to feel like they’re there. “Comfortable knowing there is a way. Don’t give up hope. Let us help you find it if it’s been lost, because some of us have been there,” Wright said.

She said all Survivor Resource Center services are free and confidential, and she wants to partner with other local providers to provide the best care.

The task force also addressed Covid-19 losses in the community. They provided free testing and access to vaccines.

The group said that if you want to follow their future events, you can check out their soon-to-be-released Facebook page. For now, you can contact the Survivor Resource Center directly at (217) 446-1337.

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