The Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) announced today a three-year investment from Gate City Bank in Grand Forks to sponsor the launch of Green Dot, an innovative bystander intervention program.
CVIC is bringing the program to greater Grand Forks as part of its Safer Tomorrows Road Map initiative to virtually end violence in the region in two generations. The Green Dot program engages the community through education and awareness events with a goal of permanently reducing rates of violence and empowering residents to proactively engage in healthy relationships.
This week, an intensive four-day bystander intervention training program will certify more than 30 to be Green Dot intervention trainers. In addition, 30 volunteers from 18 organizations are part of team co-coordinated by CVIC and Altru Health System, implementing the program in the region. The first event is the Green Dot Trot, a 3k run on Sept. 7.
“We are grateful to Gate City for providing leadership and inspiration toward building a community in which all people are safe and respected,” said Coiya Tompkins, CVIC president and CEO. “Gate City’s investment will directly impact our efforts to reduce violence.”
Ryan Coye, Gate City Bank senior vice president said, “Gate City Bank is proud to partner with CVIC to end violence in our community. The bank’s investment in CVIC and the Green Dot program will provide our community members with a better way of life.”
To learn more about Green Dot or to register for the Green Dot Trot visit: greendotggf.com
CVIC provides crisis support, advocacy and intervention services for people impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes, as well as prevention and education programs in the region’s schools and communities. In 2018, CVIC provided services to more than 3,200. Its prevention efforts reached nearly 19,000.