Raiders provide grants to aid SafeNest and Peace Week

Safety and peace— that’s what The Raiders embodied with twin community initiatives recently.

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the team to the nonprofit SafeNest — which provides services to victims of domestic abuse — the organization can expand its “Project Safe 417” program, in cooperation with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

With the number 417 representing the police code for domestic violence calls, the program aims to bridge the gap in services to victims between the time police officers respond to a call and the delivery of SafeNest services. Through the Raiders grant, 250 volunteers will be trained for the program.

Former Raiders player Leo Gray speaks during a news conference announcing a $20,000 donation from the Raiders to Safe Nest Thursday, January 24, 2019. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau)

Launched in December 2017, “Project Safe 417” began by operating three days a week but can now be accessed seven days a week. Among the resources provided by SafeNest are emergency and legal aid, safe housing and long-term counseling for victims and survivors of relationship abuse.

Among those on hand for the ceremony announcing the grant on Jan. 24 was ex-Raiders player and UNLV graduate Leo Gray, who discussed his own experience as a child with domestic violence.

In another community gesture, the Raiders provided a “social responsibility grant” to the Clark County School District to mark a “place of peace” at Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts as part of Peace Week festivities.

Starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Peace Week is a statewide movement for “building a culture of peace” and enabling those in the school district to make “organizational progress toward building such a culture.” To do that, 25 kindergarten-to-12th grade schools throughout the district received either a “peace pole” inscribed with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most common languages spoken at each school, or T-shirts with a Peace Week logo on the front and a Raiders logo on the back.

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