The S.O.S. Bed-Stuy team has been busy! Not only have they been interrupting violence and preventing shootings in the catchment—they’ve also worked to spread Neighbors in Action’s mission of safety, healing, helping, investing in youth, and organizing in Bed-Stuy and beyond. Read on to see what they’ve been up to!
On January 30th, the team tabled at a service fair at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. The fair was for students to see how they can give back to the Brooklyn community through local organizations. Overall, 32 students stopped by the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy table to learn about our efforts to end gun violence and to find out how they can help.
On February 9th, the girls group volunteered at a coat giveaway to people in need, hosted by a local Eastern Stars chapter. S.O.S. Bed-Stuy donated 50 sets of hats, gloves, and scarves to help keep people warm this winter, and to keep them looking good in S.O.S. gear!
On February 13th, a number of team members went to Middle School 301 for a parent workshop called Spread the Love Another Way. At the event, the team explained to 15 parents how they can keep their children safe on social media.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy office celebrated Community Love Day on February 15th. Teddy the Don’t Shoot Bear handed out candy and offered hugs to anyone who wanted one. This event was organized by the Bed-Stuy girls group, and along with Teddy, they shared with about 100 community members throughout the catchment the value of loving yourself and your community.
On February 22nd, the team volunteered at a movie night at the P.A.L. There, the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy team helped out by serving chicken, lasagna, rice, and more to 65 people, so that everyone had a delicious dinner to enjoy while watching the film.
On February 27th, Councilman Robert Cornegy invited the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy team to attend a Black History Month event at Weeksville Heritage Center, called 12 Years of Freedom. There, the team was asked to stand up and be recognized for their efforts in reducing gun violence in the Bed-Stuy community. Additionally, the team, along with the 60 other attendees, discussed how communities of color can invest in their community and support economic growth. S.O.S. Bed-Stuy would like to thank Weeksville Heritage Center and Councilman Cornegy for their recognition.
With all that’s going on in Bed-Stuy, there’s always more work to be done—and we could use your help! Make sure to stay up-to-date on all of our news and events. Follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), subscribe to our newsletter, volunteer or learn about other ways you can contribute, and join us at events like our shooting responses and community celebrations. #stopshootingstartliving