At the last Neighborhood Watch meeting (on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at Casa Rafael on Parkside Ave.), a gentleman from a local CERT mentioned a program called "Citzen Corps". He said that this federally sponsored program might allow us to obtain funding from the government to help make our community safer.
The ever-nimble minds at the Department of Homeland Security created this program on orders from our commander-in-chief, Mr. George W. Bush. In the president's own words:
To capture the spirit of service that has emerged throughout our communities, we launched the USA Freedom Corps initiative earlier this year. As part of that initiative, we created Citizen Corps to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.
Our local mayors, council members, and county commissioners know best what risks their communities face. They also know how best to use the talents and the time of their citizens to prevent, prepare for, and respond to those risks. Because every community is different, we are asking cities and counties across the country to create Citizen Corps Councils of their own design, bringing together first responders, volunteer organizations, law enforcement agencies, and community-serving institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and houses of worship.
From what can be found on the official Citizen Corps website, we have to do a few things before the cash starts rolling in.
There are a couple of programs in place, but we'll probably want to stick with the Neighborhood Watch Program. This program consists of some sort of registry of neighborhood watches. After enrolling on the web-site for this program, things get a little hazy: no one mailed us a check yet.
If anyone out there want to read up on this stuff to find out how we can fund community safety efforts in the 'hood, be our guest! Visit the the official Citizen Corps website, or read the Citizen Corps Guide (a .pdf file that's about 600KB).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org when you find out how to make the cha-ching sound a reality for efforts to improve our area!