CITIZEN CORPS Click here to go to the Citizen Corps website In January 2002, President George W. Bush launched USA Freedom Corps to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Citizen Corps, a vital component of USA Freedom Corps, was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. The Corps 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.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) Click here to go to the CERT website The objective of CERT is to promote a partnership between emergency services and the people in the communities they serve. Qualified personnel train members of the community in response skills to help victims, organize volunteers in a disaster situation, and collect disaster data and intelligence until more help arrives. CERT skills also may be of great benefit in daily emergency situations. CERT members practice and refine their skills during exercises and additional training opportunities offered by the CERT coordinator. To receive more information regarding Montgomery CERT training opportunities, please contact Montgomery City/County EMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEER AND INFORMATION CENTER (VIC)
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The Volunteer and Information Center mobilizes volunteers and connects people, information and services to meet local needs and build a strong, caring community. Its programs include:
(1) 211 Connects South Central Alabama, an essential community response system for callers seeking information and linkage to health and human services for everyday personal crises and in times of disaster.
(2) HandsOn Volunteer Management, which provides volunteer recruitment, training, project coordination and referral services to build the capacity for effective local volunteers and create a greater impact for good in the River Region.
(3) Christmas Clearing House, a multi-county, coordinated system to screen, register and assist families in need during the holiday season in order to avoid duplication of giving and help those truly in need.
(4) Homeless Management Information System for the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless to identify an accurate count of homeless persons, their needs and the services provided to them.
VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE (VIPS)
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Volunteers In Police Service is a program of volunteers working in partnership with the Montgomery Police Department to assist with patrol and support duties. VIPS contribute thousands of work hours to MPD, working to assist and escort visitors to headquarters, obtain copies of police reports for members of the public, help with filing, assist in logging evidence, conduct vacation home checks, participate in Neighborhood Watch and assist with events such as Zoo Boo and the Alabama National Fair.