City Of Charlotte Accepts $1.2 Million Donation For Alternatives To Violence Program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The City of Charlotte accepted a $1.2 million donation on Tuesday from the Wells Fargo Foundation and GreenLight Fund for the Alternatives to Violence (ATV) program.

City officials made the announcement at the Charlotte City Council’s business meeting to accept the donation in order to fund the ATV program for the next three years as well as take $200,000 from the GreenLight Fund, which supports capacity building and on-going program evaluation.

“Everyone in Charlotte – young and older – deserves a community free from violence,” said Michelle Lee, head of Regional Banking for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is committed to supporting efforts and organizations like Alternatives to Violence that lift marginalized communities and communities of color, and that restore justice and advance racial equity.”

Officials say the donation is part of a larger $10 million commitment made by Wells Fargo to support nonpartisan research on violence prevention within the community and to fund pilots in communities that explore potential enhancements to school safety.

“As part of our commitment to investing in strategies that help communities become more resilient to social and environmental stressors, Wells Fargo is proud to support the City of Charlotte in its efforts to promote community and school safety, and public well-being,” said Demond Richardson, a Social Impact and Sustainability consultant with Wells Fargo. “I was born and raised on the Beatties Ford Road Corridor, so it is especially meaningful to me that we support the City of Charlotte and their Alternatives to Violence program, which is focused on decreasing all types of violence in our local community.”

Wells Fargo officials say they are committed to being an engaged partner in the dialogue about making the community safer and looks forward to coming up with solutions to address violence.

Officials say the ATV program is part of the city’s SAFE Charlotte initiative which includes violence interruption, hospital-based violence intervention, and $1 million in grants to local organizations.

The SAFE Charlotte initiative also includes helping people find employment and housing, according to a news release.

Officials say Cure Violence Global, Youth Advocate Programs, Charlotte, and Mecklenburg Count will launch the ATV program in the Beatties Ford area.

The ATV program will employ violence interrupters and outreach workers to work with those at high risk to commit crime and or be a victim of crime, according to a news release.

“The city is working closely with the community to develop this bold new program to stop violence before it happens,” said Mayor Lyles. “I am grateful to Wells Fargo and the GreenLight Fund for their contributions to help make some of our most challenged neighborhoods safer.”

To learn more about Alternatives to Violence click here.