HELP US GET BACK ON OUR FEET

Following the unexpected collapse of our former fiscal sponsor (click the link for more details) in late 2023 we were left with $11K plus in outstanding debts, no direct income, no banking or legal corporate structure, and the natural question; Does CCOP continue to serve our community or do we cease operations?
Our unpaid volunteer board decided the work we do is too important for the community, especially as the San Francisco Police Department is so understaffed at the moment and the Castro neighborhood lost our last San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer coverage, so we established as an independent CA corporation and obtained our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the Federal IRS in early 2024 to continue our safety work in support of the community.
We are asking for YOUR help as we work to rebuild our operations in 2024. We are currently seeking new Patrol volunteers to help us meet the growing service requests from the community, and we are seeking financial support and donations to help us cover the costs of this first year of operations  estimated at $22,000 for 2024.
You can help us in one of four ways – or in all four if you can 🙂
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  1. VOLUNTEER to patrol with us if you can give 3-hours a month to the community by CLICKING HERE?
  2. DONATE any amount through our VENMO account, or through our GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN or mail a check (so we can avoid the VENMO and GoFundMe handling fees) to CASTRO COMMUNITY ON PATROL, 584 CASTRO STREET #731, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114.
  3. TRAIN with us in one of our Community classes, or request a private training class for your organization. The attendee fees for these will help us significantly and you will also learn some valuable safety information at the same time. A win – win.
  4. SHARE this post with EVERYONE, but especially anyone you think may be interested in Patrolling with us or donating to us.

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We greatly appreciate every donation of any amount which helps us in this process and we want to extend our most sincere gratitude to the following significant contributors to our rebirth:

  • The Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence – $2,000
  • Linda Robertshaw – $600
  • Mark McHale – $500
  • Alexander Upchurch – $300
  • James Bowler – $250

GIVE US JUST 3 HOURS A MONTH

   
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Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) is a California nonprofit volunteer safety patrol and education corporation that enhances the safety and security of the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco for residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

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CCOP has patrolled the Castro neighborhood since 2006, deploying teams of three unpaid volunteer Patrollers for a 3-hour shift which they select themselves. This confirms CCOP as the longest serving volunteer safety patrol in San Francisco history.
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As a visible safety presence in the neighborhood, our patrols offer assistance, information, guidance, and support to the residents, businesses, employees, and visitors to the Castro, interacting with thousands of people every year. We are “First Reporters” by calling in Medical, Fire, or Law Enforcement professionals when needed, and we will offer assistance when safe to do so until the professionals arrive.
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We assist other community groups and nonprofits to make their events successful by offering training, volunteer support, and frequently providing safety monitoring for planned and impromptu rallies, marches, gatherings, special events, and annual events including:
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  • Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence Easter in the Park
  • Harvey Milk Day Celebrations
  • Castro Street Fair
  • Castro Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Castro Menorah Lighting
  • Santa Skivvies Run Fundraiser
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We have also been fortunate to participate in many historical moments for the Castro, San Francisco, California, and the country by providing Safety volunteers for some well planned, and some very impromptu rallies, marches, and events such as:
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  • Pulse Nightclub Memorial Event
  • Proposition 8 Rallies and Marches
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Memorial March
  • Women’s March
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Anti-Violence Rally and March
  • Club Q Memorial Event
  • Heklina Memorial Event
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We also conduct extensive outreach and community training in a variety of important topics which help to raise the awareness and responsiveness of individuals and the broader community in general. We collaborate and work closely with Federal, State, and local authorities to offer additional support and resources such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative, and of course the City and County of San Francisco among many others.
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Collaboration and cooperation is an important part of our work in enhancing the overall “fabric of safety” so we actively participate in, and support, many other safety program and objectives, committing time, energy, and resources to help them succeed. Their success helps the community overall, which in turn helps our success. A few of these collaborations include:
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JOIN US / TRAIN WITH US

BECOME A PATROL VOLUNTEER

Anyone of 18 years of age or older is welcome.

Basic training for all CCOP Patrol volunteers involves reading a Basic Training manual which is sent electronically, attending a 2-hour instruction course held via ZOOM and scheduled at a mutually suitable date and time, then completing four (4) supervised patrols within six (6) months of completing the ZOOM Basic Training class.

JUMP TO OUR VOLUNTEER PAGE TO REGISTER AS A NEW TRAINEE PATROLLER


COMMUNITY TRAINING CLASSES

BEGINNERS SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING CLASS

Open to anyone of 18 years or older, normally held in the Castro neighborhood.  $30 per person. Our next class will be held:

ACTIVE SHOOTER BASIC TRAINING CLASS

Open to anyone of 18 years or older.  Click the link above for more details about the class. $20 per person. Our next class will be held:


CORPORATE AND ORGANIZATION TRAINING

We offer specialized advance training to corporations and community organizations.  This training includes 6-class Self-Defense Training,  Active Shooter & Terrorist Incident Training,  Event Protection Training.  Contact us using our CONTACT US option to discuss your specific needs.

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Private Basic Self-Defense Training Class

For nonprofit and for profit entities and groups at your own facility. $60/person for nonprofit groups and $100/person for for profit groups with a minimum of 10 attendees guaranteed to secure the training date.

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Active Shooter – Terrorist Incident – Event Protection Training Class

For Bars, Clubs, Businesses, Organizations, and facilities. $60/person for nonprofit groups and $100/person for for profit groups with a minimum of 10 attendees guaranteed to secure the training date.

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Event Protection Training Class

For Street Fairs, Outdoor Events, and non-facility event organizers. $60/person for nonprofit groups and $100/person for for profit groups with a minimum of 10 attendees guaranteed to secure the training date.

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FIRST AID / CPR / AED CERTIFICATION CLASS

WITH BAY AREA RED CROSS
Open to anyone of 18 years or older with BARC certification provided on successful completion of the class. Class cost is based on current BARC rates.

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“SAFETY is a COMMUNITY EFFORT”

Castro Community On Patrol (Castro Patrol / CCOP) is a California nonprofit volunteer safety patrol and education corporation that focuses on enhancing safety and security of the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco for residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.

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Castro Community On Patrol, 584 Castro Street #731, San Francisco, CA 94114

Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation Tax ID: 99-1829349