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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation Unveils Black Giving Circle

June 19, 2022 by  
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation unveiled a new initiative in February 2022 to forge and strengthen relationships between the Southern Nevada Black community and local law enforcement. 

The Black Giving Circle is designed to bring funding support into our communities that are traditionally under resourced. The initiative empowers the Southern Nevada Black community and law enforcement to work more closely through a variety of programs especially designed for children and teens. 

“Our goal is to work with law enforcement to uplift communities of color, especially the Black community. The Black Giving Circle is a bold way to change outcomes in neighborhoods that are considered low-opportunity zones, to empower Black ownership of public safety and build trust between the Black community and local law enforcement,” said Tom Kovach, executive director of the LVMPD Foundation. 

The Foundation works with organizations like the Urban Chamber of Commerce to generate membership in the Black Giving Circle. Memberships ensure the continued growth of several youth programs, including: 

· Bolden Little League and Hockey United, building athletic skills and teambuilding while providing mentorship to local youth and teens. 

· Empowering Our Girls Workshop, demonstrating the power and worth of young females. 

· Hip Hop & Entrepreneurship Program, focusing on lifting youth of color through the creative process of hip hop and rap, and education about the music industry. 

The Black Giving Circle covers costs for youth to participate in programs produced in collaboration with the NAACP Las Vegas Branch. Cooking with a Cop, Reading with a Cop, and Conversations with a Cop are programs designed to create communication between young people and law enforcement. 

“By offering membership in the Black Giving Circle, the LVMPD Foundation can continue to expand upon these popular programs,” said Kovach. “With increased financial support, law enforcement can better serve under-resourced neighbors with resources and programming that directly impacts and uplifts local communities. The outcome is a better relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves, making Las Vegas a safer place for all.” 

For membership information Black Giving Circle | Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation (lvmpdfoundation.org)

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