National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It demonstrates to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. This is an excellent time to show your junior firefighters how much they mean to your department, while letting your community know how they can help. Find ideas for planning your junior firefighter program’s National Volunteer Week activities here.
National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light since 1974, has thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Click here for more information. Find more activity ideas from the National Junior Firefighter Program at www.nvfc.org/juniors/resources/resources-for-departments.
FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Applications must be received by March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. Find out more and apply today at www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.
The National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program is excited to announce a new incentive reward level. At 1,000 volunteer hours, registered junior firefighters and Explorers who are NVFC Junior Members will receive a National Junior Firefighter Program challenge coin. The new incentive reward level was made possible by Spartan Motors, Inc. (www.spartan.com).
Your junior firefighters work hard for your department all year long. Your community benefits from the fire prevention outreach, departmental support, and youth development that is provided by your local junior firefighter program, cadet program, or Explorer Post. Honor these outstanding contributions to the junior fire service by submitting a nomination for the Junior Firefighter of the Year or Junior Firefighter Program of the Year awards at www.nvfc.org/awards. Both awards are sponsored by Tyco.