Welcome to The Robby Poblete Foundation

Transforming unwanted guns into instruments 

of hope and opportunity

About Us

Our Story

    On September 21, 2014, Robby Poblete was killed by gun violence in broad daylight at a busy intersection in Vallejo, Ca. He was 23 years old. At the time he was killed, Robby was working at a biotech company where he was also learning how to weld. He was on the verge of becoming a full-time employee and was already making plans to build his own weld shop. The firearm used to end his life was obtained illegally, and then resold on the streets. One illegal gun has the potential to be used by countless people, committing countless crimes, impacting countless lives. By turning in unwanted guns, people can prevent  those firearms from being stolen and used for crime, or being accidentally used by a child in the home. Though it does not solve the problem on its own, it can play a part in overall efforts to curb gun violence. In 2013, the first countywide gun buyback program was held in Vallejo. In five hours, the event collected 344 weapons, including 113 handguns, 67 shotguns, 163 multiple assault rifles and 1 military rocket launcher. We propose an annual gun buyback program to sustain and strengthen these efforts to get  unwanted and potentially dangerous guns out of circulation. Using the materials from the melted guns, we propose the implementation of two community programs that will offer hope and opportunity to the people of our communities. 

Our Programs

Collecting unwanted firearms is the first part of our program. The materials from the collected guns can then be used for two community programs:   

  • The Art of Peace: The Foundation will partner with law enforcement agencies, local artists and organizations to repurpose the metal from the melted guns as material for art. The artists' creations will be displayed in an annual exhibit called “The Art of Peace,” and then used to beautify the downtown area and other parts of our communities. 
  • Vocational skills: Crime is most often the result of lack of opportunity. At the time of his death, Robby was learning how to weld. It was a job he loved and looked forward to learning more about. The Robby Poblete Foundation will launch a second community program aimed at vocational skills --  including welding and metal fabrication -- that are in high demand in the workforce. 

  Solano County will serve as the pilot county and will require two years to roll out the gun buyback and both community programs. We will then scale the program to other counties throughout the state.

Get Involved

  • Donate:  The Robby Poblete Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, Federal Tax ID 82-0740692. Your donation to the  foundation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You can help us implement our programs by donating via PayPal here. You can also donate to "TheRPFoundation" using Venmo. Any amount helps. 
  • Volunteer:  Are you a designer, fundraiser, community organizer, event planner, or all of the above? The RPF is looking for people to join our effort to make our communities safer. 
  • Spread the word:  You can help expand our reach by sharing the link to this website on your social media platforms, "liking" our Facebook page and just raising awareness about our cause.
  • Share your ideas:  Our foundation is aimed at creating safer communities by getting unwanted guns off the streets and transforming them into weapons of hope and opportunity through art and vocational skills. If you have any ideas, please send them our way! 

Please email us at info@robbypobletefoundation.org


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