When Monique Allen noticed tensions heightening around the country between people of different races, religions, and walks of life, she wanted to make sure it didn't affect her Dublin community.
She reached out to several people and they decided to form a group called "Unity in the Community."
"We just wanted to bring everybody together to remind everybody that it's not about those labels. It's more about being a human," says Allen.
Nearly 300 people joined Allen's Facebook group within weeks of its launch. Now, they are just weeks away from their first big event on November 12th.
Nancy Moore, who is in charge of community outreach for the group, says there will be food, live music, and a chili cook-off. It will be at the Market on Mulberry in downtown Dublin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Moore hopes this will bring people together and inspire them to help others in their community.
"The more people come together and give back, the better our community can be," she says.
Captain James Champion says the Dublin Police Department wants to be part of that change. He hopes it will help people learn to trust officers and go to them for help.
Allen says they still need volunteers for the November event. After that, they'll focus on other projects throughout the community.