I thought I’d give a little background about a group that I feel strongly about, the Guardian Angels. The Guardian Angels were founded by Curtis Sliwa in New York on February 13, 1979. The local chapter began in February of 2007 after Alderman Bill Lynn asked them to come to our town and assess our need for a chapter.
The Guardian Angels, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. There are now over 125 chapters worldwide and 25 in development. Besides the United States the Guardian Angels have chapters in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Phillipines, and Japan.
Besides the Safety Patrol which most people are familiar with, the Guardian Angels also have the Cyber Angels, the world’s largest internet safety group; the Urban Angels for kids 12-16 as an alternative to gangs or drugs through a supportive club environment dedicated to community service; and the Junior Angels for kids 7-11 to
help them develop self-esteem and give them a sense of purpose.
The Guardian Angels work with local law enforcement, fire departments, and with Homeland Security when needed. We conduct Safety Patrols to be a visible deterent against crime, and to talk with people in the area we patrol. We do not do raids, undercover work, or sting operations.
You can join at age 17 with a parent or guardians permission and if
you’re older it’s not a problem either. Anyone who is interested in
joining is encouraged to stop by.
If this sounds like a group you would like to be a part of, we will be accepting applications to join tomorrow, Thursday April 30th, at out headquarters. There will be someone there from noon to 3pm. The address is 230 West 3rd, Suite 411. There is an elevator if you don’t care to take the stairs to the 4th floor. If you can’t make it tomorrow, or have questions you can Repo at (563)579-2301.
We will be doing some fundraising in the near future. All monies raised here stay here and will be used for radios and other gear, hiring people to train our group CPR and first aid, local law and other needed skills, to retain professionals for training session to help our recruits become more proficient in crisis management and violence prevention, and to help the chapter broaden our safety patrols.
Comments are always welcome.