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Evanston takes steps against gun violence

Our community grieved as another youth was lost to gun violence in September 2012. Following the fatal shooting of fourteen year old Dajae Colemen, Evanston residents and leaders came together seeking ways to support Evanston youth and prevent future violence.

Evanston Gun Buyback Fund is established

In response, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced plans for a gun buyback program and asked the Foundation to to establish a Evanston Gun Buyback Fund to receive funds in support of the program. 

“There is no instant or single solution to the problem of gun violence, nor any way to undo the losses we have  already suffered. The Foundation has responded to the Mayor’s request for assistance in the hope that our community can decrease residents’ access to guns in moments of anger or fear and that we can demonstrate our shared resolve to prevent violence,” said Sara Schastok, President and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation.

Generous contributions from Evanston residents, the Cherry Family Foundation, Evanston Northshore Hospital, ECF and Northwestern University added more than $20,000 to the fund. The community gunback program held by Evanston police in December 2012 collected 46 firearms. The Foundation will continue to collaborate with the City and committed residents to implement additional steps in support of Evanston youth and the prevention of gun violence.

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