July 18, 2011
Group Strives To Make Enumclaw, Plateau Safer Communities
A task force dedicated to preventing domestic violence in Enumclaw and other communities on the Plateau has changed its name to reflect its expanded focus on preventing all types of violence in the community.
The volunteer group is now Linking Civility, Compassion and Kindness (LINCCK).
The group includes: Franciscan Health System's St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw; Plateau Outreach Ministries; Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation; Enumclaw Senior Center; Enumclaw Police Department; Attorney Tripp Hart; Out of the Ashes; Valley Cities Counseling; and City of Covington.
"Crimes can be perpetuated through silence or a lack of knowledge about problems and potential solutions," said Kim Farnes, violence prevention coordinator for the Franciscan organization and a member of LINCCK. "By working together, we can make a positive difference for our community, for our children and for each other."
The group will help promote activities designed to raise awareness and generate hope, including National Night Out Against Crime events in Enumclaw, Black Diamond and Buckley on Aug. 2, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities in Enumclaw in October.
Also, the group will work with the Enumclaw School District, the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation and other community partners to bring Rachel's Challenge to public schools and other venues in September. Rachel's Challenge is a program that encourages young people to support each other through acts of kindness and compassion. It also champions similar acts of kindness in families, businesses, and civic and social organizations.
About 50 people attended a recent meeting of Linking Civility, Compassion and Kindness at St. Elizabeth Hospital where they heard a woman tell her story about being shot several years ago by a stranger. The assailant, she later learned, had a history of unprovoked violence and was the victim of abuse as a child.
For more information about LINCKK, contact Kim Farnes at 360-802-8653 or e-mail her at kimfarnes@FHShealth.org