What is Gangs Out of Downey?
Gangs Out of a Downey (GOOD) is a non-profit organization established in 1989 that works to maintain Downey as a gang-free community. Our coalition of volunteers represent a wide swath of industries, including law enforcement, criminal justice, education, social work, media, and more.
Are there gangs in Downey?
There are no active gangs in Downey. While there are gang members who reside in the city, there are no established gangs.
How do you accomplish your mission?
We combat gangs primarily through Education, Prevention and Intervention. We help fund a police officer on all three Downey public high schools, and also sponsor various programs at elementary and middle schools.
We have provided more than $42,000 to the 10-20 Club, a non-profit agency that provides social services to at-risk Downey youth, including group and individual counseling, anger management classes, drug testing, drug and alcohol treatment, and a crisis hotline.
We are also proud to fund city staff at Brookshire Park, ensuring the park space remains gang-free for the local neighborhood.
How are you funded?
GOOD operates entirely on donations. We hold several fundraisers throughout the year, mostly notably our annual springtime luncheon.
Where can I learn more?
GOOD meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. in the second floor training room at Downey City Hall (except July and August). Members of the public are always welcome. Please also visit our website, GangsOutofDowney.org, and like us on Facebook.