Career Story: Coordinator For A Disaster Readiness Program

Coordinator For A Disaster Readiness Program

Job Title: Volunteer Coordinator

Education: Going for my BA in Criminal Justice and BA in Psychology in El Paso Community College

Previous Experience: I am currently an AmeriCorps "Ready for Disasters" Program by United Way in my county. Before that I would just go to school and do volunteer work around the city. This is what led me to AmeriCorps Program

Job Tasks: I contact community organizations, make presentations regarding disaster preparedness to community groups, businesses, professional groups, faith based groups and institutions.

I develop systems to share data between agencies or staff members such as information on property, agencies, and volunteers to improve community's readiness for disasters. I also develop and maintain databases/spreadsheets to track data, property and/or volunteers. I create summary reports to share data as appropriate.

I also call on businesses and non-profit organizations to encourage them to develop a disaster preparedness plan and to assist them in developing a plan.

I assist in development of marketing materials regarding programs or services and attend all required training sessions and meetings. I meet with the site supervisor weekly to coordinate activities and report on any progress made.

Some of the administrative duties of my job include documenting the services provided to the community on a monthly report form to include volunteers recruited, resources obtained and systems developed, maintaining time sheets, submitting reports in a timely fashion.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best thing about this job is that you meet people around the city, you learn many things and about agencies that many people probably did not know. It's great to work together with many people from the community. It's like you're a teacher just teaching how to be prepared in case a disaster were to happen. You inform them in how to be safe. When you complete 1700 hours of service you get an education award for $4,725 that can go towards your education, books, or pay off loans. While doing this you get a living allowance, health care, child care and many goodies.

The worse part of this is that it's a contract and you can only be in AmeriCorps 2 terms. If possible, I would be in it for a long time.

Job Tips:
1. You will be working with many government agents. (i.e. border patrol, cops, the city, firefighters, etc) 2. You learn more about your city 3. You help out the community to become a better place for yourself, family, friends. 4. The age requirement is 17 yrs and above 5. Its a good service learning project that does not disciminate against anyone.

Additional Thoughts: It's a great opportunity for everyone.

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