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Port Charlotte, FL Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Tour

by Ruth A.

I am an AmeriCorps VISTA member working in Port Charlotte, FL at Facilitator for Good Friends, a free reading and literacy program for second and third graders.

On August 27, 2009, I took part in United We Serve Safety and Security Week by touring our new Volunteer Reception Center, housed in the new Salvation Army Family Services Building. This facility provides a place where large numbers of volunteers can be efficiently processed and referred to agencies needing their services during a community disaster, such as a hurricane.

I am also a volunteer member of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), trained in disaster preparedness and supporting emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in our community. This tour, hosted by United Way, was a great way for me to participate in Safety and Security Week, as both a VISTA member and a CERT volunteer, getting ready for an active hurricane season.

As someone who lives in Florida, I know that these trainings are important. When the time comes, I will be ready and our state will be made better for it.

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