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Ask A Volunteer

April 11, 2024 02:00 PM
By: Ready PA

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​Spring is a time of growth and renewal. And just like nature, we're curious about what's out there. So, we chatted with volunteers, asking them questions to learn about their experiences. Join us on this journey of discovery as we dive into the world of volunteering. Let's get talking!

 

What importance does the month of April hold for volunteers and community involvement?

April is National Volunteer Month.  It's a time to shine a light on the volunteers in our communities making a difference.  It's also a chance to grow that opportunity in our own lives.

 

Emergencies can strike at any time. From broken-down cars to large hurricanes, any crisis that disrupts life can become an emergency. How that emergency impacts our lives depends on our preparedness.  In emergencies, preparedness looks like creating and practicing plans for evacuation, building “go-bags," and charging flashlights and phones.

 

How do volunteers get involved in their community through emergency preparedness, and why are local volunteers particularly valuable in these efforts?

Emergency Preparedness also gives volunteers opportunities to engage with their community. Nobody knows a neighborhood better than the people who live in it, so volunteers from their neighborhood are going to know how to help best. Volunteers can lead classes and events in their neighborhood that help with emergency preparedness plans.

 

What roles do volunteers typically fulfill in community emergency plans, both during and after an emergency?

Volunteers also play an important role in the plans created by the community by providing much-needed assistance to support evacuations, shelters, and distribution of supplies. And then after an emergency by clearing debris, rebuilding homes, and providing long-term support to survivors.

 

What are some practical ways individuals can participate during National Volunteer Month to make a positive impact in their communities?

National Volunteer Month is a great time to get involved. You can start by:

  • Attend a workshop on creating an emergency plan, then help an elderly neighbor create a plan.
  • Find an organization active in your area and join an event they have planned.
  • Create a group of friends in your neighborhood that plan to check on elderly neighbors during hot days in the Summer, clear storm drains of leaves in the Fall, and remove snow around fire hydrants in the Winter.

 

Finally, don't forget to say thank you to someone you know who volunteers.​


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