Posted by: Paulette Aniskoff, Director, Individual and Community Preparedness Division
It’s National Volunteer Week! Join us in recognizing the amazing volunteers nationwide that donate their time in an effort to give back to their community. Last year more than 64 million Americans spent hours in shelters, faith-based and community groups, schools, and other areas making a difference through service. And more than 3 million Citizen Corps-sponsored volunteer hours were logged for supporting preparedness and response activities representing over 65 million dollars for the year.
I’d like to congratulate volunteers everywhere, in particular the Citizen Corps volunteers that promote preparedness and support first responders before, during, and after disasters. FEMA’s Citizen Corps program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals that want to get involved. Local Citizen Corps Councils build on community strengths to:
- Increase awareness through public education and training
- Offer opportunities for involvement through volunteer programs
- Promote whole community engagement through comprehensive coordinated planning efforts
Disaster volunteer opportunities are available for Citizen Corps and its Partner Programs. FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team program educates individuals about preparedness and trains them to support first responders in disasters. Adults and teens can volunteer to make their community a safer and more secure place to live.
There’s also Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps, Neighborhood Watch, and Volunteers in Police Service that recruit individuals locally and use their skills to support public health, fire, and law enforcement services.
Citizen Corps is dedicated to engaging the whole community in an effort to ensure the safety and security of jurisdictions across the country. Whether it’s empowering our youth to become the next generation of community leaders or working with the many wonderful organizations dedicated to supporting preparedness efforts nationwide, volunteers DO make a difference!