Colorado Springs Ambassador volunteer Dean Strain speaks with a couple along Tejon Street on Saturday June 11, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS -
Visitors to downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City will find a few more friendly faces to greet them this summer. The volunteer City of Colorado Springs Ambassadors program has returned for another season.
Team members are part of the Community Advancing Public Safety group, or CAPS for short. They provide maps and information on where to find restaurants, shops and other local attractions.
Additionally, the volunteers receive specialized training to be able to identify potentially dangerous situations and can quickly radio the police or fire departments for help.
Ambassador Dean Strain said he enjoys getting to meet people.
"I just like giving back to the community," he said. "CAPS is a big program, they've contributed almost $2 million worth of time last year which is a big deal."
The Ambassadors are easy to spot. They will usually be wearing bright green polo shirts, or orange vests. They are active during evenings and weekends throughout the summer and winter months.