The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, is seeking volunteers to aid in recovery efforts in the event a disaster strikes our area by managing volunteer reception centers in Santa Rosa County.
Volunteer reception centers are an important clearinghouse for field volunteers and help to ensure volunteer resources are effective and efficiently dispatched to areas of need when it is deemed safe by officials. After Hurricane Dennis, over 600 volunteers coordinated through VRC's gave more than 23,800 hours helping to place tarps on homes and clearing debris for local residents.
Volunteers manning the reception centers should be at least 18 years old and will work full or split shifts between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. when notified of a center opening. Orientation and on-going training will be offered to citizens who can help in these vital roles of disaster recovery.