When Ron Barber and his family created the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, they wanted to tackle the issue of bullying.
In August 2011, the volunteer Anti-Bullying Task Force began meeting monthly to discuss how to address bullying in our schools, in the workplace and beyond. Its members include educators from local school districts, the University of Arizona, leaders from social service agencies, physicians and community volunteers.
Working under a collective impact model, the End of Bullying Task force wishes to increase community awareness about civility, respect and understanding and identify or create activities and programming that reduce bullying.
Our vision is to create a model community where empathy, compassion, accountability, nonviolence and integrity are promoted, nurtured and sustained.
We have two major goals:
1. Fostering networking between organizations and individuals engaged in bullying prevention and intervention throughout the lifespan.
2. Plan and present comprehensive and specific programs and interventions to prevent the issue across the lifespan.
We meet monthly during the school calendar, every third Thursday at the CPSA Training Center at 3:30pm. Each meeting we have an educational presentation from someone doing anti-bullying work in our community.
The task force is chaired by Jenny Barber Douglas, director of Second Street Children’s School and Congressman Barber’s daughter. Contact us if you are interested in learning more or becoming involved.
Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding
Ron Barber’s family created the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding while he was recovering in the ICU. The mission of the fund is to sustain and build upon the outpouring of good will, compassion and kindness that the community responded with after the tragic event in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. Barber, district director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot twice and is healing and on the road to recovery.
The fund will help build healthier communities through fundraising, initiatives and local programs, and through partnerships with other organizations by:
Honoring survivors and those who lost their lives on Jan. 8, 2011;
Paying tribute to the first responders, citizens and medical personnel who came to the aid of the victims;
And supporting nonprofit groups or organizations that sponsor programs, discussions and more in public schools, faith communities, politics and mental health care.
In schools, these programs works with students to encourage understanding differences and address the effects of bullying.
In faith communities and the political arena, the programs will promote respect for different points of view and civil discourse regarding public policy issues.
In mental health, they will work to increase awareness of mental health symptoms, prevention and treatment services.
The fund will also support nonprofit programs and other organizations to produce concerts and artistic events. Concerts with national and local musicians will play an important role in building the fund and in healing and unifying the community.
Task Force Members
The Anti-Bullying Task Force is full of concerned community members who work in a variety of school districts and local social service organizations. Our members include counselors from nearly all our neighboring school districts, specifically ASDB and TUSD, staff members of Wingspan, Our Family Services, the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. We typically meet on the third Thursday of each month. If you are interested in attending our meetings, CONTACT US.