These are some of our pro bono projects and initiatives - our own expressions of community engagement and how we have been giving back.
YOUNG AMERICAN VOICES FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY
In the summer of 2020, national racial justice and police brutality protests captured the attention of the National Millennial & Gen Z Community (NMC). NMC members wanted to channel their energy into a constructive path forward and participate in the public safety conversation in a way that can lead to meaningful solutions.
Hetty Group launched its own nonprofit organization: Engage Public Safety in late 2020 to develop projects like this, with a mission to engage everyday people (the public) in the public safety conversation.
HURRICANE HARVEY SUPPLY DRIVE
When Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in 2017, Hetty Group sprung into action and organized a disaster supply drive so that Los Angeles residents could help disaster victims in a more meaningful way than the impersonal act of donating dollars online.
We launched #LATruckforHouston and invited the public to donate disaster supplies to fill a 26' UHaul truck. Our team personally drove the supplies from Los Angeles to Houston to hand deliver the supplies so our donors had a guarantee that their donations would be directly delivered to people in need, rather than sitting in a huge supply warehouse somewhere.
We arranged a partnership with the Redondo Beach Police Department as the supply drive host. We also arranged a partnership with ATF Headquarters (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) to have ATF agents help unload the truck once we got to Texas. We also coordinated with the San Antonio Police Dept to allow the Uhaul truck to be parked safely in their parking lot overnight during our 3-day ground trip to Houston so the truck wouldn't get broken into by bandits.
And...the entire operation -- from securing partnerships, to media outreach, to project branding, making volunteer t-shirts, building a communications plan and social media site, fundraising on GoFundMe, obtaining government approvals, securing a DJ on supply drive event day, volunteer recruitment, logistics, etc. --- was organized by a small group of Hetty Group team members within just 2.5 days. We barely slept!
The disaster supplies were dropped off at a church in Beaumont TX and more than 25 federal ATF Agents came out to unload the critical supplies.
We created a Facebook page and posted along the way, so that all donors in LA could follow the truck's journey and remain engaged and connected, They were able to witness their donations, their cards, thoughts, love, and encouragement, hand delivered to those in need in Texas.
Hetty Group was proud to convene law enforcement partners, the community and volunteers to create a grassroots disaster response project creating engagement opportunities for families in LA looking to do something meaningful to help others in need.
POLICE FOUNDATION PARTNERS
The POLICE FOUNDATION PARTNERS Initiative was a project developed with a vision to create a peer-to-peer network amongst police foundation staff & leaders across the country. The program offered training, best practices, workshops, access to experts, and support for police foundations to help them evolve and grow their impact in each of their cities. The PFP network included more than 30 police foundations, met monthly via Zoom, and served as an active community for more than a year. PFP was a pro bono passion project of Hetty Group's Founder Florence Chung Wlodarski.