Founded Palmetto Hope Network in October of 2019, The core of our mission is to provide Hope to Communities and Victims of Violent Crimes Through Advocacy and Education By Collaborating with Law Enforcement, The Clergy and Other Stakeholders. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
Mr. Marlvis (Butch) Kennedy is currently employed as a Systems Engineer at SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), where he provides design and engineering support for the Combat operations Center for the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Kennedy serves as the founder and CEO of The Palmetto Hope Network; a non-profit organization who’s, core mission is to provide Hope to Communities and Victims of Violent Crimes through Advocacy and Education by Collaborating with Law Enforcement, The Clergy, and Other Stakeholders.
Mr. Kennedy believes that “Either you stand for something, or you will fall for anything!!” As the founder and CEO of Palmetto Hope Network, he has been volunteering in the Tri-County area for over fourteen years, standing up for those that are unable to stand up for themselves. Although he is proud of the success The Palmetto Hope Network has achieved he is not so naïve as to know that there is so much more work to be done. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men and women do nothing”. Palmetto Hope Network is leading the fight to galvanize our communities and make them safer for all its citizens.
Mr. Kennedy is a member at large of the CCSG (Charleston Community Service Group) an organization that supports needy families in the tri-county area. He also serves as a member of the (DVCC) Tri-County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council , and Arm in Arm South Carolina. Mr. Kennedy also founded the Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council (GVCC) who’s mission is To address gun violence in the Tri-County area by facilitating coordination among stakeholders, and formulating a comprehensive gun violence prevention strategy.
The focus of the Tri-County Gun Violence Coordinating Council is to continuously review responses to gun violence. The Council works together to identify and implement improvements through policy development. This council brings law enforcement, the courts, advocates and community partners to resolve issues specific to the needs of those affected by gun violence.
Mr. Kennedy is the founder of REALMAD (REAL Men against Domestic Violence/abuse), whose primary focus is to mentor and educate men and children about Domestic Violence. Their motto is “REAL Men don’t hit women” Our main goal is to get more men to stand up and speak out about the number one crime in South Carolina “Domestic Violence”.
Palmetto Hope Network and REALMAD have joined together to introduce the White Ribbon Campaign, a campaign geared towards getting men to take a stand against violence against women by taking the pledge (“Never to Commit, Condone or remain silent about violence against women”)
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