Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I am the president of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.
We have received several questions about a phone and mail solicitation by an organization calling itself Search and Rescue Charities that is not connected with our local effort.
Citizens have reported being pressured to contribute to this group. They were offended when they found it was not our local search and rescue group as implied in the phone call and mailed materials. Search and Rescue Charities donation requests are mailed from Olympia, asking that contributions be sent “locally” to 1934 E. Isaacs, PMB230. From there, it is forwarded to an unknown location in Eastern Washington.
Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue does not solicit funds with cold calls or mass mailings. Our members go through a rigorous application and training process to become certified search and rescue personnel. We are volunteers who provide our own search gear, time, transportation and other expenses.
I assure you that the funds we raise (primarily through ticket sales and member dues) go directly to those search efforts, member training and local public awareness efforts. I would encourage you to use caution in donating to this out-of-town organization and keep your search and rescue charitable donations local.
Please feel free to contact me or contact the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, 240 W. Alder St. If you wish to contribute to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue please take contributions to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. Checks should be made out to Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.
We value and appreciate your support and are dedicated to serving our community.