BELLPORT

Local nonprofit talks unity in the community

Glenn Rohrbacker
Posted 6/25/20

It didn’t start with a peaceful assembly, nor will it end there, but it was a glimpse of what is possible in the Bellport community: unity.

“We’re going to come [together] as …

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BELLPORT

Local nonprofit talks unity in the community

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It didn’t start with a peaceful assembly, nor will it end there, but it was a glimpse of what is possible in the Bellport community: unity.

“We’re going to come [together] as one accord,” said Baron Permenter, a founder of Doin Something About It Inc., a nonprofit focused on fostering supportive and unified communities, of his intention in organizing a peaceful assembly in Bellport earlier this month.

The event was aimed at bringing attention to current events as well as ongoing issues that have been present for some time, he said. The biggest challenge is bringing the community together when a divide splits it in half, but the assembly showed that unity is possible and people want a better community.

Permenter is looking to change the narrative around divided communities, like the North and South parts of Bellport. He added that having people speak and share stories was an inspiring way to bring about posi- tive change. Permenter has also made a point of working with the police department, which he sees as part of the community as well, in order to bring positive change—and that certain reforms do need to happen.

“Each person has to do their part for all of this to work,” he said.

Doin Something About It also works with the community year-round to make it a better place. Earlier this year, they held a Cultural Empowerment Day, which helped bring various local resources to people in the community that may not have known about it already. The nonprofit also helps to improve the lives of community members by giving them the tools to help themselves. Their TEACH program seeks out locals who are interested in volunteering their time to tutor children. The goal of the program is to make sure education stays in the forefront of family life, Permenter said. They also host various fundraisers; last year they held an Easter Egg Hunt, and helped work with parents to give tips on financial planning. Permenter has also made health and wellness a centerpiece of his work. He hosts 151Proof challenges on the organization’s website, which are 30-day workout challenges that are coupled with healthy eating tips, emphasizing a healthy lifestyle.

Everything the organization does, Permenter said, is to bring people together and form a better future for the community. For more information, visit www.doingsomethingaboutit.today.  

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