Volunteer Groups

Volunteering in Our Community

In a healthy society there’s no substitute for volunteerism. It helps keep costs down, connects people to each other, and most importantly it provides valuable services to the community.

Some of those services require a real investment of time, but others require very little of volunteers. However, both approaches to volunteerism look for reliable citizens who are willing to give of themselves to make their community a better place to live. In the end it’s about our heart for our community.

If you are interested in safety and preparedness issues, a good way to start getting involved is working with your local Citizens Corps Council. See the volunteer opportunities listed below – and take the little step that can make a big difference. Pick up the phone and get involved.

Citizen Corps Council of Josephine County

Citizen Corps Council of Josephine County is federal non-profit organization made up of four groups with city and county divisions: Neighborhood Watch; Community Emergency Response Team; Volunteers in Police Service; and Medical Reserve Corps.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
MRC is dedicated to establishing teams of local volunteer medical and public health professionals to contribute their skills and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need. 541-474-5325

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
VIPS offers training and volunteer opportunities to citizens who would like to work with local law enforcement agencies to provide various services and to maintain a visual presence during community events.  541-474-6374 (city)  541-474-5123 (county)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT provides preparedness and response training to citizens in order to build skilled volunteer teams that can respond to assist our communities during emergencies and at special events throughout the year.  For further information call 541-761-4685

Neighborhood Watch
This is a simple and fun way citizens can learn how to protect their neighborhoods by posting signs, meeting with neighbors, watching their neighborhood, and being eyes and ears for law enforcement.  541-474-6374 (city)  541-474-5123 (county)