On December 19th the San Rafael City Council honored the 20th anniversary of the City’s Volunteer Program. The Council acknowledged the vital role volunteers have played since its
incorporation- the first Fire Department was all volunteers!
CERT members: Paula Doubleday, Cory Bycoff & Maggie Lang (not pictured: Amy Likover and Ann Bauer).
“Volunteers add so much to our City services,” said Mayor Gary Phillips. “It’s just wonderful to walk around and see so many engaged citizens contributing to our departments and programs.” Since August the Volunteer Program has posted weekly spotlights of volunteers, staff supervisors, and programs that rely on volunteers. Marin County CERT Coordinator Maggie Lang was spotlighted as the staff supervisor of San Rafael’s 375 active CERT volunteers. Each year the City counts almost 2,000 volunteers who contribute 35-40,000 hours, valuing the volunteer service at almost $1 million dollars.
The City’s Volunteer Program serves as a hub for community members, connecting them with opportunities and it assists City departments to recruit and manage volunteers. Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities; for example: record keeping with the Police, managing Friends Books, on Community Emergency Response Teams, teaching residents sustainable practices with Resilient Neighborhoods, picking up trash in the streets for Public Works or San Rafael Clean, helping a child read at Pickleweed Library, or organizing senior luncheons at B Street Community Center. If you are interested in learning more about other volunteer opportunities in San Rafael, contact Ann Bauer at Ann.Bauer@cityofsanrafael.org