Regarding your April 1 article, "Sheriff Warns of D.A.R.E. Scam," I would like to clarify any misunderstanding between D.A.R.E. America, a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager.
Before setting the record straight, however, I first wish to commend Sheriff Yeager in his efforts to educate and protect the children of Coweta County. Like Sheriff Yeager, we at D.A.R.E. America have a commitment to children… not just the children of Coweta County, but the more than 1.5 million children we teach each year throughout the United States, as well as tens of thousands more receiving the program in 54 other countries.
D.A.R.E. has been successful because we’ve worked cooperatively with law enforcement agencies since 1983. D.A.R.E. America and our partner, Global Marketing Enterprises, offer people the opportunity to donate to D.A.R.E.
The young people who work on our behalf set up a small table in front of a retail location with the permission of the retailer’s owner/manager only after obtaining all necessary local permits to do so. They never go door-to-door; never stand in the street; and never operate in a residential area. They are always in full compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances.
One hundred percent of the funds raised come back to D.A.R.E. America and support development of new education programs. Moreover, the fundraising activities create additional donations of toys, school supplies, and kits for the homeless, many of which are distributed through the local law enforcement agency where fundraising is being conducted.
More information can be found at our D.A.R.E. to KARE page www.giving.dare.org . Moving forward, we are eager to work closely with Sheriff Yeager, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, and the citizens of Coweta County.
President and CEO D.A.R.E. America