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Special Feature: Safety and Preparedness - Volunteer Opportunities

CitizenCorps
CitizenCorps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. CitizenCorps provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.

Corporation for National Community Service
The Corporation for National Community Service is the nation's largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through the following programs, they provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs:

  • AmeriCorps: a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects Americans in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
  • Learn and Serve America: supports and encourages service-learning throughout the U.S., and enables students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills.
  • Senior Corps: connects individuals that are over the age of 55 with the people and organizations that need them most by helping them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need.
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army was named as an official relief and disaster assistance organization by the Robert T. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act, which also created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Salvation Army has also been chosen to partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to distribute preparedness information throughout the United States.

United Service Organizations (USO)
The USO is chartered by Congress as a non-profit charitable corporation. The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel.

United We Serve
The United We Serve Web site promotes and expands volunteer service in America by partnering with national service programs, working to strengthen the non-profit sector, recognizing volunteers, and helping to connect individuals with volunteer opportunities.

Volunteering in America
The Volunteering in America feature from the Corporation for National Community Service provides state and city trends and rankings related to volunteering.

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
The VIPS Program provides support and resources for agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency. The program's ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.