Ukiah, CA – Dec. 11, 2011: After its first fund-raising drive, the Mendocino Public Safety Foundation is ready to begin assisting local law enforcement agencies. The Foundation has invited the sheriff and Ukiah, Willits and Ft Bragg police departments to make proposals for equipment acquisition or other projects. All submissions will be considered and, on January 17, 2012, the Foundation will award up to $10,000 in grants.
We extend our thanks to the community for the quick response and all the support received to date. “We are continuing to collect donations and hope to provide more support for law enforcement in the future,” said Ross Liberty.
The Foundation was incorporated in May 2011 as a 501(c)(3) charity to collect tax-deductible private donations. All donations will go to one or more of the four local law enforcement agencies.
“With all the cutbacks, there just isn’t enough public money for public safety,” said Foundation Chairman, Jim Eddie. “Private donations are needed to help the sheriff and police get the tools they need.”
The Foundation is inviting individuals and businesses to become members who will make donations every year. Members get a donor bumper sticker and an invitation to the Foundation’s annual event. Businesses also receive a wall placard acknowledging their support.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors is chaired by Jim Eddie, a lifelong county resident and Potter Valley rancher who served three terms as a Mendocino County Supervisor. Other Board members come from all over the county. Sheriff Tom Allman and the three city police chiefs are ex-officio advisors to the Board. The Foundation’s website is www.ProtectMendocino.org, which accepts donations through PayPal. The Foundation’s mailing address is P.O. Box 123, Ukiah CA 95482.