Quench the Violence, a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote peace, unity and community throughout Duval County, hosted “Unity in Community” on Saturday, November 20 at Jacksonville’s Riverfront Plaza.
Each year, the Board of Directors and members of QTV host a community event focused on family, community and relationship building. The event included performances by several local artists, as well as a free barbecue, fitness activities and community engagement.
Sponsors and Partners include: Sam Newby, President of Jacksonville City Council; Reggie Gaffney, Council Member, District 7; JTA; Jack Meeks, CPA; and the law firm Fasig and Brooks.
Pastor Robert LeCount, CEO | Executive Director and Founder of Quench The Violence and Pastor of Disciples of Christ Church, served as master of ceremonies. LeCount created the organization to provide field strategies and alternatives to real-world gun violence in Jacksonville. Nearly 500 community members joined in the family event at Landing, enjoying the emphasis on unity in the community.
Participant and Moms Demand Action member Katie Hathaway said, “We really felt the unity in the community in Jax today! Thank you Stifle violence for a great event and to include Moms demand action for Gun Sense in America. Days like today fill me with hope. When we are all together, we will make a difference. I am grateful to the good people who show up and keep moving forward. ”
QTV also launched its new vocational and vocational training program, ReWork, at the event. The ReWork program provides free training and career coaching for Duval County residents, 18-34, high demand, high salary career areas. For more information on QTV and the ReWork program, visit qtvjax.com.