Anti-violence partnership takes steps to get organized Group sets next meeting, seeks to gather information

November 18, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A grass-roots campaign to prevent violence in Carroll County took a major step yesterday when volunteers agreed to create a formal structure to achieve their goal.

Calling themselves the Carroll County Partnership for Violence Prevention, more than 25 members attended a two-hour meeting at Carroll Community College. Another meeting was scheduled for Feb. 16 and will be devoted to organization. The site and time will be announced.

"This was a terrific turnout of loosely organized volunteers who are motivated to continue toward a more productive way to achieve a common goal," said state Del. Ellen Willis Miller, a 5th District Democrat, who was host for the event.

The group decided to determine which public and private groups are involved in violence prevention, which other organizations should be, and how the campaign should proceed.

Some who attended the session were surprised to learn how many agencies and organizations provide assistance to victims of violence, promote awareness and distribute prevention-related materials.

Ronald J. Schroers, director of Westminster City Recreation Department, volunteered to compile brief profiles on anti-violence service providers in the county as a precursor to publishing and distributing the information to residents.

Pub Date: 11/18/98

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