Volunteer: willingly provides services without receiving financial compensation.
Affiliated Volunteer: affiliated with government agency or local organization and who has been trained for a specific role or function. Examples include VIPS, CERT, Red Cross, ARES.
Spontaneous Volunteer: comes forward, at times without being requested, following a disaster to assist a governmental agency or local organization with disaster related activities during the response or recovery phase. Also called convergent or unaffiliated volunteers.
How Local Volunteer Centers Support Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery
Volunteer & Donations Management
Maryland ESF 15, NCR RESF 16, Annex of National Response Framework
UASI (NCR, Baltimore Area Work Group)
Support Citizen Corps Programs, VOAD & local organizations
Recruit volunteers for exercises, drills and trainings
Provide training for managers of volunteers
Resource available to the local Emergency Manager
Communication with local residents
Included in local plan
Operation of Volunteer Mobilization Center/Volunteer Reception Center, if requested by Emergency Manager
Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC)
A model for managing spontaneous volunteers
Introduced by Volunteer Florida
Serves as a point of mobilization, registration and referral for spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers who emerge in response to a disaster or incident
Make the best possible use of unaffiliated volunteers
Volunteer Mobilization Centers operate only at the request of the Emergency Manager .
Serve as a buffer between first responders and well-intentioned, unaffiliated volunteers.
Ensure that urgent community needs are addressed in a timely manner.
Each hour of volunteer work translates into the current rate of $19.51
That figure can be used as “match” for grants or to show the cost saved for the jurisdiction.
On Inauguration Day, there were over 1,400 volunteers working over 8,400 hours totaling over $165,000 of savings or services added
A real impact, value and/or savings can be documented.
During one Day of Service – Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service – over 32,000 volunteers completed 130,000 hours of service which equals almost 2.5 million dollars in volunteer service to the city.
Volunteers are helpful, flexible, cross-trained, and supportive.
Practicing trained skills as incident commander and first responders before the first responder community is able to arrive, as well as role playing for Police, Fire and Health Departments
Independence Day, Cherry Blossom Festival, and other small neighborhood street festivals where a certain number of CPR trained individuals are required before permitting is obtained for the event
Mount Pleasant Fire, Inauguration, Water Main Breaks, Points of Distribution, Volunteer Reception Centers, etc
Keeping them engaged during non-emergencies and special events in order to build their skills sets in anticipation of being stood up or called out