In partnership with the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Police Department, a fund has been established at the Waterloo Community Foundation to improve race relationships between the Police Department and the Black community. All donated dollars will support Police Department training in these critical areas: Procedural Justice/Implicit Bias/Reconciliation Training, Critical Incident Team Training, De-escalation Instructor Training and First Line Supervisor Training. Consistent with the charitable purposes of the Foundation, all donations will be managed and directed by the Foundation to these identified Waterloo Police training programs. Donations can be mailed to the Racial Equality Training Fund at the Foundation, 425 Cedar Street, Suite 320 in Waterloo or on the Foundation’s website, under the Donate button.
The initial contributor to the fund was Tom Penaluna (Chairman and CEO, CBE), a former Waterloo City Council member. Establishing a fund at the Foundation was one way that he and his staff have committed to addressing social injustices and racism. Mr. Penaluna went on to say that “government leaders, corporate leaders, and other influencers must move beyond just saying politically correct statements and must take actions to address the decades of discrimination that Black Americans have had to face. CBE strongly believes that everyone has a right to live freely without discrimination, and we stand together to make real and lasting change to impact Black lives. More importantly, we have been listening to those in our local communities on how to best initiate change, and we want to share the initial steps CBE will take toward our commitments. It is our hope that this additional support will lead to improved race relations between the Police Department and Black Community. Our goal is to raise $250,000.00 to assist with this vital community need.”
Mr. Penaluna and the Foundation invite other businesses and citizens of Waterloo to donate to the fund by saying, “It’s up to every one of us to commit, to act, and to create a better future.”