Who we are: Whitney/Strong’s commitment to this fight began just three weeks after our Executive Director and co-founder, Whitney Austin, was shot twelve times in the Cincinnati, Ohio mass shooting in September 2018. Miraculously, she lived and immediately began developing an inclusive approach to combat gun violence. Every day, Whitney/Strong does the work to support our vision of a future free of gun violence.
Our ask: YOU can help Whitney/Strong WIN BIG! We are participating in A Community Thrives, a program that supports community improvement ideas with grants up to $100K for non-profit organizations. To qualify for a grant, we need to meet a fundraising goal of $3,000 from our own network of supporters between noon ET on July 19 and noon ET on Friday, August 13, 2021.
By giving just $10 or more, you can make a difference and support our Save A Life programs in the Louisville and Cincinnati communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence. These community trainings focus on firearm safety, suicide prevention, and emergency preparedness. Training hundreds of individuals in a single neighborhood to intervene at the first sign of a suicidal crisis and to safely secure firearms to prevent theft or accidents utilizes community to build safety and resilience.
Since our beginning in late 2018, we'd like to share just a few of the Whitney/Strong milestones that make us proud: