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City seeks ideas to reduce violence in neighborhoods at Pitch Night

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The City of Grand Rapids is looking for ideas to reduce violence in neighborhoods. It’s hosting a “Pitch Night”.

The Safe Alliances for Everyone or SAFE Task Force wants to hear your ideas at its next Pitch and Highlight Night.

A news release says if you’re looking to start or enhance your project or organization that is focused on reducing gun violence in Grand Rapids then now’s your chance.

The event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation on Madison Ave SE, Wednesday, November 30th.

Second Ward Commissioner Milinda Ysasi, who serves as co-chair of the Task Force, says, quote, “Many solutions and ideas to reduce crime and violence in Grand Rapids come from our own community. The SAFE Task Force wants to promote and assist in the achievement of those ideas. We look forward to listening to these pitches and learning about new proposals that support prosperous and safe neighborhoods in Grand Rapids.” End quote;.

Nonprofits and individuals will compete for a partnership with the SAFE Task Force and $10,000 to support their efforts to reduce violence in the community.

Participants will get five minutes to present their idea and show how it will be effective in reducing violence in Grand Rapids.

The SAFE Task Force will fund up to five organizations for a total of $50,000. Winners will be announced at the end of the Pitch and Highlight Night event.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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