Chaplain Brenda Ferebee and Chaplain Larry Williams Distribution to Rowland Police Department
COVID Response May 2020
Dr. Jackson with Marion County (SC) Sherriff Brian Wallace
Are you interested in joining the UNCA in supporting the social advancement of your community? Please provide details on your desired area of support and services that your faith-based organization provides i.e. food, clothing, housing, counseling, mentorship, disaster relief, transportation, tutoring, etc.
Dr. Jackson coordinating humanitarian aide with Department of Homeland Security agents in Puerto Rico
Managed by the Tree of Life Food Bank, the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund was established to support damaged communities and budget for pending catastrophes that could occur throughout the SE U.S. before year-end. All funds raised were deployed to hurricane-devastated areas prior to the close of the 2020 calendar year.
Chaplain Brenda Ferebee receives a reward from Rowland elected officials for community support initiatives
UNCA Bulk Distribution Deployment
March 24, 2020
Police and Community Engagement Initiative
UNCA Bulk COIVD-19 Bulk Distribution Deployment with Broward Emergency Management, Broward Sherrif's Office, FL VOAD, and Broward Faith-Based Community Care Coalition Partner Pastor Ron Harper.
Faith-Based Community Care Coalition Registration Form
UNCA Chaplain Larry Williams led efforts to donate supplies to support Marion County SC Sherriff's Department, Mullins Police Department, Marlboro County Sherriff's Department, Latta Police Department, Maxton Police Department, Red Springs Police Department, and Rowland Police Department.
May 1, 2020
Immediately after deploying nearly 500 tons of resources throughout the COIVD-19 crisis, on June 3, 2020, the United Nations Chaplains Association (“UNCA”) mobilized a response to ease national tensions. The civil unrest resulted after the May 25, 2020 death of George P. Floyd, Jr., an African American man who was suffocated after being pinned to the ground by a member of the Minneapolis Police Department. With the broad intent of bringing attention to disparities in community policing, the subsequent protests spread across internationally to become one of the most influential human rights demonstrations of modern times.
The UNCA Police and Community Engagement Initiative was launched to leverage the UNCA’s network of interfaith communities, local and federal government agencies, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) to establish the long-term infrastructure required to develop relationships between communities and local law enforcement agencies. The initiative promotes well-defined vision, goal setting, priority identification, mapping of stakeholders, facilitation, and deployment of a long-term redevelopment plan. The UNCA initiative endeavors to preserve life, protect, serve, and ensure the success of communities.
The UNCA is a faith-based, professional agency, providing disaster management, and social and economic development throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. The UNCA operates under the “Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management” protocol outlined by the Department of Homeland Security for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (“DHS Center”). The DHS Center encourages on-going collaboration between faith-based organizations, law enforcement, emergency managers, subject matter experts in religious literacy, and cultural competencies throughout times of "blue sky" (mitigation) and disaster (preparedness, response, and recovery).
Since 2016, the UNCA has supported social stability by acting as a bridge between citizens, NGOs, faith communities, and government agencies to identify issues of concern, assess and fulfill community needs, secure strategic alliances and support, ensure lines of communication, and promote accountability.
Throughout its COVID-19 Pandemic Response Initiative, the UNCA demonstrated the value of its partnership with local law enforcement agencies through the sharing of critical information, mobilization, and training of community leaders, securing of essential goods (sanitizer, masks, kits) of strategic delivery of goods and resources (“Points of Distribution Sites” or “PODS”). The partnership led to high, community morale throughout the UNCA’s communities of concentration.
Phase One: From June 8, 2020, through June 8, 2021, the UNCA is facilitating strategic partnerships between local law enforcement agencies, faith-based organizations (FBO’s), government, and community partners, to strengthen relations and establish mutual understanding and collaboration, and communication. The UNCA is actively:
Establishing or strengthening Memorandums of Understanding (MOU's) with local law enforcement agencies, emergency managers and NGOs: During Phase One, the UNCA is focusing on deploying within the following counties: Duval (FL), Nassau(FL), Broward(FL), Dade (FL), Marion (FL), Orange (FL), Dillion (SC), Marion (SC), Florence (SC), Marlboro (SC), Robeson (NC).
Establishing Faith-Based Community Care Coalitions ("FBCCC"): The UNCA is supporting communities by creating ties of friendship between local law enforcement agencies and FBCC's. Comprised of multiple local interfaith organizations and community stakeholders possessing social service solutions, the UNCA established FBCCC’s are formed for the single purpose of streamlining community resources.
Establishment and Mobilization of Police and Community Engagement Initiatives: The UNCA is supporting local law enforcement agencies in establishing relationships with FBCCC’s and community stakeholders through joint-activities (i.e. community walks, revitalization projects, neighborhood councils, etc.), allowing for shared social-responsibilities between public, private and faith-based organizations.
Establishing Youth Risk-Reduction Programs: The UNCA is supporting FBCCC’s and their local law enforcement agencies in deploying collaborative efforts to reduce adverse actions to local youth through the deployment social services (i.e. shelter, food, counseling, mentoring, transportation, etc.)
Establishing Disaster Management: The UNCA is leveraging its National and State Volunteers Organizations Active in Disaster (“VOAD”) partners and emergency management network to support (training, infrastructure development, logistics, resources, etc.) FBCCC’s and their local law enforcement agencies in establishing successful partnerships to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made disasters on their communities.
The UNCA's success is predicated on advanced preparation and effective partnerships. As a contact and facilitation point for hundreds of agencies, the UNCA is only as strong as the network that supports it. The UNCA is actively meeting with local law enforcement agencies and community leaders interested in collaborating to benefit this initiative.
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