First community meeting held for Don't Shoot program

By WEEK Reporter

May 5, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Monday night, the Don't Shoot program had a new target, the community.

The newly formed Peoria Community Against Violence, or PCAV, hosted its first community meeting at the East Bluff Community Center.

The group's goal is to reduce violent crime in the Peoria area, but it needs members in order to do that.

Those who join up would help create strategies for fighting crime, bridge communication between police and neighborhoods, and mentor those who seek to leave a life of crime.

"Everybody needs to put forth effort," said community member Terry Burnside. "There has been a lot of conversation. Are we going to do this, are we going to do that, but very little effort. That's the problem. A lot of talk but not enough work being done."

"The community meeting was a great opportunity to learn what the community knows," said Peoria community service coordinator Krista Coleman. "We aren't there day in and day out as many individuals are."

If you are interested in joining, five more meetings like this one will be taking place over the next two months.

Saturday, May 10th
Lakeview Library
1137 W. Lake, Peoria
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 15th
Logan Center
1414 S. Livingston, Peoria
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20th
Lincoln Library
1312 W. Lincoln, Peoria
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday May 22nd
Universalist Unitarian Church
3000 W. Richwoods Blvd., Peoria
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 7th
Riverplex
600 NE Water St., Peoria
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.