In a new program geared toward reaching out to help volunteer agencies boost recruitment, the village of Godfrey will host regular bimonthly volunteer recruitment drives in conjunction with Code Red sign-up events.
Every other month, the village plans to host agencies that provide social assistance to residents as well as aid to local governments.
The concept is part of Godfrey’s “whole community” approach to emergency management involving all stakeholders, public and private, and especially agencies that provide volunteers.
“It’s extremely important for local government to support those volunteer agencies who support us, and we should do all we can to assist those agencies in their volunteer recruitment mission,” Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra said. “When they are successful, we are successful — it benefits the entire community; we are all part of the same team, it’s a symbiotic relationship.”
Participants could include the Godfrey Fire Protection District, the Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Medical Reserve Corps, Meals on Wheels, the 5As animal shelter or a Bucket Brigade group — any group involved in making the community better, safer and happier.
The first drive will be 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, at Village Hall, 6810 Godfrey Road. The agency will be the Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps, an organization looking for volunteer rescue workers to provide emergency response support with special focus in search and rescue operations, water rescue and first aid details/EMS support. The organization recently assisted Godfrey firefighters in the search for a special needs resident who went missing following a structure fire on Brecht Lane in Godfrey a couple weeks ago. Those search efforts successfully located the man and reunited him with his family within a couple of hours.
“Without volunteers, who would be there to help?” AVEC Commander Ed Drach said. “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.”
The next drive will be in August. The Godfrey Fire Protection District will be looking for applicants to fill the ranks.
To request being placed on the list to be hosted, email email@example.com. To make a contribution or for information about the Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps, contact Drach at (618) 462-2202.