Quench the Violence, a Jacksonville based non-profit whose mission is to promote peace, unity and community throughout all of Duval County, hosted “Unity in the Community” Saturday, November 20th at Jacksonville’s Riverfront Plaza.
Annually, the QTV board and members plan a community event focused on family, community, and relationship-building. The event featured performances by several local artists, as well as free barbecue, fitness, and community engagement.
Sponsored and partners included: Sam Newby, Jacksonville City Council President; Reggie Gaffney, Council Member, District 7; JTA; Jack Meeks, CPA; and Fasig and Brooks Law Firm.
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 real world, grassroots strategies and alternatives to gun violence in Jacksonville. Nearly 500 community members joined in the family-friendly event at the Landing, enjoying the focus on unity in the community.
Attendee and member of “Moms Demand Action” Katie Hathaway shared, “We definitely felt Unity in the Community in Jax today! Thank you Quench the Violence for an awesome event and for including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Days like today fill me with so much hope. When we all come together, we will make a difference. I am grateful for the good people who show up & keep moving forward.”
QTV also launched its new job and career training program, ReWork, at the event. The ReWork program offers free training and career coaching for Duval County residents, 18-34, in high demand, high wage career fields. For more information on QTV and the ReWork program, visit qtvjax.com.