The Unity Honors is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes residents who have demonstrated leadership in promoting unity, mutual understanding, and social justice. Partners in Prevention accepts nominations in the late fall for two honorees as well as a special recognition for organizations. These honorees are then recognized at the annual Unity Honors Luncheon held in February.
Amanda Veasy is the Founder and Executive Director of One Love Longview, a partner in The Center Partners, LLC, Co-Owner of The Center, CEO of Twice Loved Marketplace, and Co-Founder of Unchurched. Amanda has dedicated most of her volunteer service to building trust with those experiencing homelessness by providing food and other necessities for the past seven years. As One Love Longview has grown, so has the number of volunteers serving beside her. Amanda has also organized and hosted events in city parks within marginalized and underserved communities. Amanda serves as the President of the North East Texas Homeless Consortium and is a member of the Advisory Board at Jarvis Christian University.
Clent Holmes started his career in Mechanical Engineering and sustained a career in power generation for over a decade. However, mentoring youth as a volunteer is where his heart has always been, serving as a mentor for the last fifteen years, which led him to Thrive Longview (formerly known as Thrive 360), where he is currently the Executive Director.
Clent attributes his success through maintaining a strong community of mentors throughout his professional endeavors. He embodies and is committed to a lifestyle of character development, which is the essence of Thrive Longview, a local non-profit organization whose mission is transforming the lives of teens. Clent is also a Co-Founder of the 1919 Longview Remembrance Project and serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Council of LeTourneau University, Longview News-Journal Community Advisory Board, Longview Queens United Steering Committee, City of Longview’s Partners in Prevention Steering Committee, and a Community Partner for the Campus Improvement Team at Foster Middle School and Community Advisor at Buckner International.
Greater Longview United Way
The Greater Longview United Way provides nonprofit organizations with funding through community giving. United Way has implemented the Read to Succeed program, vending machines of books for children, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, a free tax service for those whose income is less than $60,000.
About the Unity and Diversity Committee
The Unity and Diversity Committee (formerly known as Race Relations) was established in 1995 and is sponsored by the City of Longview Partners in Prevention. For more information please call the Partners in Prevention office at 903-237-1019.