After the 9-11 terrorist attack Bob took an interest in Citizen Corps Council, a federal homeland security system designed to bring community-minded citizens around a table to discuss how they could improve public safety, not only in time of emergency but in general. The four main groups involved are a neighborhood watch program, police volunteers, medical volunteers, and an emergency response group made up of trained citizens, all focused on supporting our local public safety and emergency response professionals.
As chairman of Citizens Corps Council, Bob founded and developed the Neighbor to Neighbor Project as a way to reach the community with important information not only about how to help or get help from the member groups of Citizen Corps, but also about how people should respond in an emergency situation.
The N2N Project flyer was born in 2010 after two years of development, during which Bob pitched the vision to community leaders, developed the biannual flyer's content strategy and worked with local banks and businesses to get the word out.
Both Josephine County school districts mailed the Neighbor to Neighbor Project flyer out to their students and families. County residents were challenged to improve public safety and preparedness by simply putting the flyer on their neighbor's doorstep. Most Josephine County banks made the flyer available to the public, as well as some other local businesses.
Bob wrote a guest editorial for the Daily Courier and directed a one-minute TV spot promoting the vision (see below), which was broadcast by KTVL, KAJO/KLDR Radio, and Dove Television on Charter Cable. The Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce covered the Project with two separate newsletter stories to galvanize public involvement with the Neighbor to Neighbor Project flyer, which was heavily supported by both city and county law enforcement.
The Project was funded both by Concerned Fathers Against Crime, and a federal Homeland Security grant, which paid for the printing of 70 thousand flyers, most of which were distributed to the community.