A local organization is in dire need of volunteers and is seeking the help of UCF students.

SAFE of Florida, Inc. is a nonprofit company that works out of Winter Park and is dedicated to youth shooting sports.

The company is beginning to expand and is in need of volunteers, especially for two of its programs. Those interested in volunteering can contact SAFE of Florida, Inc. President Kent Arblaster at 407-782-9735.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe program teaches gun avoidance and trust in adult authority figures to children ages 5 to 9. The measure is reinforced with the Eddie Eagle mascot and the appearance of a police officer. During this program, children receive coloring books, workbooks and stickers, as well as a gun-safety brochure to take home to their parents.

The program is offered to any local organization free of charge.

The other program that SAFE of Florida, Inc. runs is Youth Shooting Outreach Programs in Central Florida. This program is a firearm training and youth shooting program made possible by SAFE's portable eight-lane range. It teaches children 10 through 17 firearm and range safety in a three-hour program. The children are given a safety training and then paired up one-on-one with a rifle instructor for target practice.

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