Congressman Cleaver Joins Roundtable on Neighborhood Safety, Announces Partnership Between AdHoc Group Against Crime and Ring

Jul 27, 2020
Press Release

(Kansas City, MO) – Today, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) joined with the AdHoc Group Against Crime, a Kansas City nonprofit promoting healing and justice, and Ring to announce a new partnership to promote and increase community safety measures in Kansas City. To inaugurate the partnership, Ring and AdHoc will launch a program to donate 750 Ring Video Doorbells to local residents in Kansas City neighborhoods troubled by crime. The devices will be given to Kansas Citians who voluntarily apply to participate and will include free installation and a Ring Protect Basic subscription for the life of the devices.

“The people of Kansas City want to see community leaders work together to create a safer environment for everyone,” said Congressman Cleaver. “By teaming up with Ring and utilizing the latest technologies, AdHoc and I believe this community partnership will foster a higher level of comfort on the part of people who are living in neighborhoods where criminal acts are occurring far too frequently. As these resources begin to be distributed, I look forward to further discussions with Kansas Citians on additional ways in which we can make our community safer.”

“AdHoc Group Against Crime is proud to partner with Ring. This initiative is an example of various sectors i.e. business, government, community organizations, and local neighborhoods coming together to increase safety through the use of technology,” said Damon Daniel, President of AdHoc Group Against Crime. “AdHoc’s mission is to be a community resource for violence prevention and intervention for individuals, families and communities impacted by crime and violence. This partnership helps strengthen our constant efforts to be a bridge that leverages resources to our community.”

At Ring, we believe that when communities work together, safer neighborhoods become a reality," said Leila Rouhi, President of Ring. "Engaging and working with local community groups is an important part of our mission, and Ring is proud to work with AdHoc, and organization that has uplifted the Kansas City community for many years. We look forward to supporting this important organization and providing Kansas City residents with security and peace of mind in their homes."

After receiving input from various local stakeholders, including Congressman Cleaver and Neighborhood Presidents, Ring and AdHoc hosted a virtual roundtable to announce the creation of the video doorbell program and to discuss how technology can play a positive role in community safety. Congressman Cleaver participated in the roundtable along with several local leaders, including Damon Daniel, President of AdHoc; Marquita Brockman-Taylor, President of Santa Fe Neighborhood; and Jackson County Executive Frank White.

Overview of Video Doorbell Program:

  • 750 Ring Video Doorbell devices will be donated at no cost to residents.
  • The devices will be distributed to residents in select neighborhoods who voluntarily apply to participate in the program.
  • The installation costs associated with the device will be covered by Ring.
  • A free Ring Protect Basic video recording subscription will be provided for the life of the device at no cost to residents.
  • Residents who obtain devices will not be forced to register them with police.

To learn more about the AdHoc and Ring partnership as well as to apply for a donated device, you can find more information here.


Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matt Helfant at 202-590-0175 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.