Violence Prevention Collaborative holds June 30 luncheon

The Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC) will have its Third Annual Report To The Community Luncheon on Wednesday, June 30. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at the Ramada Suites Conference Center. Miss Illinois, Andrea Fritz, will be the guest speaker. She will be speaking about youth violence prevention, “Books Not Bars.” Pre-registration is required since there is a choice of lunch and a cost of $12. Call Geri Alten at 815-720-4261 for more information.

The VPC has been charged with implementing the Violence Prevention Strategic Plan for Boone and Winnebago counties. The plan has more than 57 recommendations to prevent child abuse, partner abuse, elder abuse and youth violence. The Report To The Community will highlight the events, activities and programs implemented during 2003.

The VPC has been awarded a $13,500 grant by the Community Needs Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The grant will be used to further the implementation of the Violence Prevention Strategic Plan for Boone and Winnebago counties. Some of the strategies include public awareness campaigns and violence prevention workshops for professional social service and health care providers, as well as individuals.

The Community Foundation was a founding partner of the Violence Prevention Collaborative by helping it secure the initial grant to launch the two-county violence prevention program and by providing office space for the fledgling organization. Since its beginning in May 1995, VPC has provided workshops, “Toy Gun Buy Back” activities, 911 coloring books and bags, community surveys and other violence prevention activities.

VPC now operates from the Winnebago County Health Department. Joan E. Kole is the chairperson of the Governance Team, and Karen Lytwyn is the past chairperson.

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