Erica Ford

49 – South Jamaica, Queens

What Are You Most Passionate About?

Helping people to avoid being perpetrators and victims of violence and consequently living a happier life.

Who Is Your Hero? Why?

My father whom I did not know. He was killed fighting in a war. He sacrificed his life for something bigger than us, and that is noble.

What Is Your Favorite Sound?

The sounds of the ocean waves meeting the shore. I feel at peace instantly.

What Project Would A Laptop Help You With?

A new laptop would not only help our multiple violence prevention programs, but also our day to day office operations. To share one specific example, if we had another computer in the office our field organizers would not have to postpone data entry while we are processing payroll for our 20+ persons staff.

Short Description Of Project

We are first responders to violence in our communities. This could mean visiting a grieving mother at a hospital after her child is fatally shot, appearing at a playground to meditate a gang conflict, or promoting positive messaging online after a troubling headline broadcasts. The answer to how we change the culture of violence in our society lies in our ability to effectively respond to it.

How Would A Laptop Help You?

A new laptop in the office would enhance our work in the community. I currently have a staff of more than 20 and there is only one computer in our center. Basic administrative tasks such as data entry, proposal development, and uploading outreach pictures can be a daunting task because each staff person is only permitted 30 minutes to work on the computer. Furthermore we want to engage with our audience through technology. Social media is perpetuating violence and having access to another laptop would allow us to push peace to the masses. We would like either a Mac or a PC.

What Languages do you speak?

English and Spanish