JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Doggonit, the Leadership Johns Creek 2017 class is looking for groups and individuals to come help the Johns Creek Police Department’s K-9 unit at its Community Build Day Saturday, March 25, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Volunteers will gather at the Newtown Park Patio behind Park Place (3150 Old Alabama Road) to help building K-9 training obstacles that will be used in a new K-9 training facility.
Leadership Johns Creek is a service-oriented leadership program that seeks to develop, energize and activate community leaders.
Now in its eighth year, the 10-month Leadership Johns Creek program continues to incorporate hands-on learning and team-based projects to tackle real needs in the community.
After learning more about the drug epidemic in North Fulton during as part of Leadership Johns Creek’s Healthcare and Community Health Day, Leadership Team Visionaries decided to take action.
Team Leader Sandra Pastorello says her team was immediately interested in doing something to help.
“We knew that the police K-9 unit assists our officers with finding narcotics and getting drugs off the street,” Pastorello said.
“Supporting the K-9 unit and improving their ability to train in their own facility will help keep our community safe.”
Team Visionaries goal became to provide the Police Department with a training facility as well as the tools needed to support K-9 needs for ongoing training to do their job successfully every day.
That training includes apprehending criminal suspects, sniffing out drugs or explosives and tracking criminals or missing persons.
The city agreed to dedicate land at Cauley Creek if Leadership Johns Creek could raise the funds to provide the needed fencing, equipment, search boxes and obstacles.
With an anticipated total cost of $10,000, Leadership Team Visionaries kicked off their fundraising campaign in February.
In addition to the funds raised from the community on the GoFundMe page, the business community pitched in with major sponsorships.
Additionally, Home Depot and Lowe’s have both supported the project by donating or reducing the cost of the needed materials to make the project a reality.
For Community Build Day, any resident who can swing a hammer or drill screws is invited to show support by assisting in putting together the plywood-based search boxes, A-frame climb, low-crawl box and other canine training obstacles needed to outfit the new K-9 training facility.
Volunteers are asked to wear close-toed shoes and bring their own gloves and tools to assist with the effort.