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Virginia Beach volunteer Coordinator Mary Russo greeter for Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to Meet with Citizen Corps Volunteers

Funding opportunities
CERT Grant information and application

Flyer with important info on applying for grants for programs under the Commission for National and Community Service (PDF; 24kb)

Take Part in the President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Learn more about President Bush’s Volunteer Service Award and register as a certifying organization

The awards, created by Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize valuable volunteer contributions, are delivered through local, state and national organizations that are registered as “certifying organizations.”

Virginia Citizen Corps, part of the national Citizen Corps program, gets citizens directly involved in homeland security and emergency preparedness.

Public safety professionals respond to a simulated disaster during a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer class in Fairfax.

Citizen Corps is a national program that gets citizens directly involved in homeland security and emergency preparedness. Citizen Corps — and specifically the Virginia Citizen Corps — allows you to help your community by volunteering some of your time, energy and skills to emergency preparedness and response activities.

Virginia Citizen Corps Councils
Citizen Corps Councils are an integral building block of community-level Citizen Corps programs. These councils arrange the training and information access needed for public education and awareness efforts. Councils can include leaders from emergency management, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, businesses, volunteer and faith-based organizations, and other relevant groups such as schools, health care institutions, and the transportation sector.

See a list of Citizen Corps Councils active in Virginia.

Virginia Citizen Corps Programs
Citizen Corps’ programs create well-trained, readily available pools of local people who know their community well, and who can help during the first critical hours of a major disaster. Although we are still in the process of building a statewide Virginia Citizen Corps network, most of the programs below are already taking volunteers.

New Item! Simply go to a program page below to search for the volunteer opportunities that interest you most.

Community Emergency Response Team
Neighborhood Watch Program
Public Safety Volunteers in Virginia
Medical Reserve Corps

If you cannot find an opportunity that interests you, you may contact us for further assistance.

Citizen Corps Updates using Google
An easy way to stay in touch with what Citizen Corps Councils are doing around the country is to set up a Google news alert. Go to: http://www.google.com/newsalerts?hl=en and enter “Citizen Corps” (in quotation marks) in the news search field and enter your email address and you will receive an email whenever Citizen Corps is mentioned in news publications from around the country! This is a great way to learn what other Councils are doing and to give you ideas for how to get media coverage for your own Council’s activities.