Ukiah, CA – November 18, 2019: The HERO safety education program is coming soon to three school districts in Mendocino County serving nearly 1,000 students. Following a full year of research into the program and negotiations with its founder, Safe Kids, Inc., the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation gave the green light to start a three-year pilot to test the effectiveness of this innovative program locally.
At the October meeting, the Foundation’s board unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with five signatories: Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE); Safe Kids, Inc.; Arena School Districts; Leggett Valley Unified School District; and Round Valley Unified School District. The Foundation will serve as fiscal agent, Safe Kids will provide training to the schools, and MCOE will work with district administrators to gather data that can assist in determining results of the pilot. Based on that eventual report, the Foundation will consider expansion of HERO countywide.
The three school districts were selected through an application process using criteria determined by the Foundation in collaboration with Michelle Hutchins, Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools. The Foundation will cover the approximately $20,000 project cost. We thank MCOE for their support in this effort.
Initiated by law enforcement officers and educators, the program “is specifically designed to teach K-12 students how to respond to violence with simple, easy-to-remember and truly effective strategies. Based on Empowerment Theory, the H.E.R.O. Program gives students the confidence to respond to any kind of danger…teaches students to overcome these situations by empowering them and instilling confidence in their own decision-making abilities.” For more information visit https://safekidsinc.com.
The project is a result of our search for an appropriate and meaningful response to the nation’s gun violence epidemic, almost since the Foundation’s 2011 inception. The tragic shooting a year later in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut began a dialogue to find a role within our tax-exempt 501c3 charitable mission of public safety that could somehow address this ongoing problem in our society. We are gratified and inspired to work with others creating positive solutions that reach across a diversity of cultures.
Ukiah, CA – June 3, 2019: The Public Safety Foundation is pleased to accept a $10,000 donation from the Savings Bank of Mendocino County for the purchase of a pet disaster relief trailer equipped with crates. As described in their letter:
With the funds from the bank, Sheriff Tom Allman and George Hodges will purchase the trailer and have a graphic image applied that includes the bank’s logo. This pet disaster relief trailer will be used locally and potentially as mutual aid in nearby counties to provide a safe place for pets during a disaster.
Knowing that their pets are safe and receiving care will allow families to have some peace of mind, so they can focus on their personal evacuation and recovery needs.
As we approach another wildfire season, many thanks to our local community bank for this valuable contribution to Mendocino County’s safety needs!
Hosts Johnny & Gloria Keyes with Search & Rescue team members
Ukiah, CA – September 11, 2018: The day was a great success, with over 100 served from our new grill. Foundation board members were on hand with Sheriff Allman to welcome first responders and friends. As the lunch hour dust settled, we caught these images of volunteers and lingering guests outside the Forks Ranch Market. We were prepared to serve more, the nearby encampment of far-flung firefighters and personnel having recently vacated the area. Our thanks and gratitude are extended to all who responded to the River and Ranch Fires in Mendocino County, indeed to all those working for public safety in the face of wildfires in California and beyond.
Ukiah, CA – September 5, 2018: Please join us Tuesday, September 11 from 11am to 2pm at the Forks Ranch Market, 3152 North State Street, at Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah, as we welcome and thank All First Responders and Military Personnel – firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs, veterans, and SAR volunteers in the wake of California’s largest wildfire.
Lunch is free of charge, courtesy of Johnny & Gloria Keyes and the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation. More information: (707) 463-4085. Download poster
Ukiah, CA – For Patriots Day, Sheriff Allman and the Public Safety Foundation are planning a barbecue to appreciate all of the courageous responders to the Mendocino wildfires. A generous donor has enabled the Foundation to purchase an industrial, tow-behind gas grill for disaster response needs. We will help break it in with a little celebration together, so mark your calendars. The event will take place outside the Ranch Market, at North State Street and Lake Mendocino Drive in Ukiah. More details will be posted.
Ukiah students rally for gun safety at the Courthouse
Ukiah, CA – March 24, 2018: Local students gathered with sympathetic community members at Alex Thomas Plaza, then marched down State Street to the Courthouse for a rally to end gun violence. The event coincided with over 800 marches in cities throughout all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. The groundswell of action followed the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.
At our meeting of March 22, the Foundation discussed how we can constructively address the growing problem of gun violence, in ways consistent with our role as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. It is not the first time the board has considered this controversial issue. With a movement sweeping the country, now the time is ripe to reopen the conversation. We have several ideas and will consult our membership before proceeding with any major new program. In the meantime, we think it’s important to maintain an open dialogue and find common ground among our diverse community.
Ukiah, CA – Recently it came to our attention that our contact address, email@example.com, had not been restored after the crash of our domain over a year ago. We were still getting your PayPal donations, since another email was active. But the address posted on this website did not function. Because of turnover in our board volunteer team (the Foundation has no staff), this took awhile for us to notice and repair. The good news is that firstname.lastname@example.org is now up and running again.
We at the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation offer our sincere apologies to anyone who tried and failed to reach us. Please be assured that the Foundation is alive and well, meets regularly, and is always looking for more and better ways to support our local law enforcement agencies. Our board members appreciate all of membership and donors to this organization, and we invite the community to contact us anytime.
Other ways to reach us: By voice mail at (707) 467-3661 or by mail to P.O. Box 123, Ukiah, CA 95482. Thank you, and stay tuned for more news of the Foundation!
Ukiah, CA – Cesar Mendoza is a Foundation scholarship awardee who attended Police Academy in Santa Rosa for a year-long training program starting in January 2016. On December 12, 2016, he was sworn in as an officer by Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey, with two other new officers in a ceremony at City Hall. Proud family, friends and supporters were on hand to witness the milestone event. Cesar (second from left) is bilingual and active in the local community.
Brooktrails, CA – January 2, 2017: To start the year off right, our website is back up and running. The blog was down for a few weeks, unfortunately, and several postings were lost. Looking ahead, we’ll make up for that with new ones as 2017 unfolds. On behalf of the foundation directors, have a happy, safe and peaceful New Year! Stay tuned for more news of the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation.
Redwood Valley, CA – April 24, 2016: The Mendocino Public Safety Foundation’s annual meeting was held at the beautiful Barra Event Center. Foundation directors, friends and supporters gathered for a barbecue and presentation by Sheriff Allman and some of his deputies. A K-9 officer retirement ceremony was held for these brave canines who have served so well. Many thanks to all for supporting our law enforcement community. Some images of the day:
Blog Editor’s note: This was re-posted February 20, 2017 to replace the post that was lost when our site was down for awhile.