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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the expression of civic life has evolved. Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.

Americans volunteer over 8.8 billion hours annually. Volunteers help organizations like yours fill critical gaps in service for nearly every community in the U.S. Without our nation’s volunteers, we wouldn’t have some of the programs that many communities rely on today.

National Volunteer Week began as–and continues to be–a national recognized week that formalizes the recognition of volunteers in our communities. Organizations of all scopes and sizes should take the time to thank our neighbors, strangers, friends, and family who selflessly give their time to help others. 

Here at CRESA, we would like to highlight all of our Public Safety Volunteers providing countless hours to the organizations they serve. Thank you to all of our ARES/Races, CERT, NOW, Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, Search and Rescue, as well as our CRESA Public Education and EOC Volunteers who give tirelessly of themselves to better our community!



Vancouver Police – NOW

The Vancouver Police Department’s Neighbors on Watch (NOW) volunteer program engages community members to serve as the extra eyes and ears for police during highly visible and non-confrontational patrols.  NOW was formed in 2008 and many early Academy recruits remain in the program today.  Our mission is to reduce crime and make Vancouver a safer place, improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, shopping centers and parks and increase collaboration between community members and police.  NOW volunteers have served our community through patrols, call-outs for missing people, identifying stolen vehicles and more.  While our main function is to serve our community during patrols, we also have long and short-term projects to suit all skills and physical abilities. 

“The Vancouver Police Department’s mission is to partner with the community to preserve life, protect property and enhance livability through equitable law enforcement and effective use of resources.  Volunteers help us work toward this mission every day.  The volunteers in the NOW program represent some of the best characteristics our community has to offer: resilience, service and dedication.  The Vancouver Police Department is proud to highlight and thank our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.” – Lieutenant McAvoy Shipp

CERT – Community Emergency Response Teams


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT volunteers can assist others following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Whether interested in learning to take care of themselves and their family, help their neighbors, and/or support their community, the CERT Basic Training program educates volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, such as stay-at-home parents, engineers, students, and seniors.  Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

Thank You

Interest. Dedication. Enthusiasm. Perseverence. These are words I use to describe the CERT, Clark County, WA volunteers. As our program has re-organized and re-structured itself over the past few years, you have continued to show up, participate, offer ideas, and support each other and our purpose. You continue to help educate your family, friends, and neighbors on the importance of emergency preparedness, understanding the potential impact a disaster or major event could have on our community. As we grow our program, learn new skills, and take on additional responsibilities as a team, I look forward to continuing our work together. Thank you for being a part of CERT, Clark County, WA. You are appreciated!

Jodi Blackwood

Program Manager 

CERT Clark County, WA

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