REFUSE TO LOSE – ANTI GANG INITIATIVE
LAKELAND, FL (October 29, 2014) – On Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. the City of Lakeland will join volunteers from a variety of organizations and churches to hold a community outreach event at Westside Park (1800 Oakhill Street, Lakeland FL 33801).
Commissioner Phillip Walker, “This is an area that recently experienced violent activity associated with gangs and unsupervised youth. This event is part of our Refuse to Lose anti-gang initiative as we work together to address this problem. We are working with our faith based partners, the Polk County School Board, area law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens as we continue to move forward.” He added, “We must all work together to solve the growing gang issue that has plagued our larger Cities but is now making its way into our neighborhoods. As a community, we will not tolerate this behavior and we will use our resources to seek the maximum penalty allowed for those involved in gang activity.”
The neighborhood outreach event will include neighborhood cleanup with volunteers stopping by every residence in the area with gift bags of food inviting them to the focal event at Westside Park. Activities in the park will include:
· Kids Activities
· Sports Camp
· Grilled Hotdogs and refreshments
Pastor Mike Cooper from the Dream Center said, “We spend a great deal of time in these neighborhoods and this outreach event is just one way that we as a community can show support for residents and let them know that we care. We will be assisting those in the neighborhood by cutting their grass, doing clean-up activities and we have a fun day planned at the park.”
Parking is available at Westside Park. For additional information or to volunteer for the event, please contact the Dream Center at 863-413-0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.