The Facts

They spoke, we listened.

In a 2017 survey with police statewide:

Believe that community policing is important.

Feel confident that they can improve the quality of the community.

Feel they have the resources to respond to needs as they encounter them.

Compassionate Acts Program

We collaborate with local community partners so police can be the solution to everyday problems. Whether delivering warm scarves on cold winter nights or handing out shelf-stable food to hungry community members, officers can make a direct impact on the areas they serve.

Compassionate Acts Initiatives

Greg’s Groceries

Greg’s Groceries is a flagship initiative within our Compassionate Acts Program. Every day, police come across people experiencing hunger. Through Greg’s Groceries, we provide police officers boxes of non-perishable food. Each box of Greg’s Groceries has enough food to feed a family for a week. That way, when police come across a family in need, they have the tools to help.

Greg’s Groceries is a partnership developed in collaboration between Serve & Connect and Harvest Hope Food Bank. Started in 2017, the initiative provides police with the tools they need to help address hunger. It also helps create opportunities for positive interaction between police and the communities they serve.

“A home run for me is when kids in our community are not hungry.”

-Lt. Williams, Columbia Police Department & participant in Greg’s Groceries

Resources for Change

We foster relationship development between police departments and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of people who need it most. These relationships empower police with the knowledge they need to spread awareness of available resources and increase referrals so people are getting the optimal support for living healthy lives.

Resources for Change Initiatives

Midlands Fatherhood Coalition

Children thrive when an engaged, responsible father is in their lives. Yet, too many children in South Carolina grow up without fathers in their home and the consequences can be immense. That is why we partner with the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition to help struggling dads reconnect with their families. We spread awareness of the resources available through the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition so that police can help refer fathers and families in need.

We also believe in giving back to this important cause. That is why we are facilitating the Daddy & Me 5K, a run hosted by the Springdale Police Department. Chief Kevin Cornett understands the important impact dads can make. He was raised in a broken home and experienced abuse at an early age. Now the father of four boys, he is passionate about helping dads be a positive presence in their child’s life. The first annual run will be held on June 16, 2018.

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United Way of South Carolina’s 2-1-1

We partner with United Way of South Carolina to promote their 2-1-1, an easy to remember, three-digit telephone number that connects people with important community services to meet everyday needs and the immediate needs of people in crisis. 2-1-1 is a resource for finding assistance in your local community and can offer information on:

  • Affordable high quality child care and after-school care
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Health services
  • Food, clothing, and housing
  • Services for seniors and the disabled

We collaborate with United Way of South Carolina to raise awareness of 2-1-1 so that police may use it to help people in need. Through a partnership with NAMI’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training, we help spread the word about how 2-1-1 can help police help people in need. We also provide training for individual police departments.

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