Emergency Management News

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What are you doing during National Volunteer Week? #AltusOK #OKready

As severe weather conditions displace many homeowners in parts of the United States, National Volunteer Week takes on greater importance.
This year, National Volunteer Week will be recognized Sunday, April 10 – Saturday, April 16.
Organizations such as the American Red CrossSalvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity take an active role in disaster relief and recovery. They continuously look for volunteers and financial assistance to support their missions. By supporting these organizations, you’re ultimately helping people who are experiencing some of the toughest challenges.
There are several ways you can provide support:
  • Donate cash – a financial contribution is the most effective type of donation; 
  • Offer gifts like clothing, food, and furniture. Other in-kind donations include services such as administrative support, meeting/office space, website development, or expertise in strategic planning and legal advice; and 
  • Volunteer – giving personal time to a worthy cause is one of the most effective ways to contribute to an organization.

Consider volunteering for your local Community Emergency Response Team(CERT). Volunteers assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Find a local CERT near you
For more options to serve, check out the Corporation for National and Community Service – the federal agency charged with promoting and fostering volunteering and national service in America. 

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