The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Since September 11, 2001, the demands on state and local law enforcement have increased dramatically. And in this time of economic upheaval, resources are at a premium. The already limited budget of these agencies are being stretched further than ever, at a time when the country needs every available officer out on the beat. In many jurisdictions around the country, an exciting effort is underway. Citizens who have the time to volunteer in the community have offered their services to law enforcement agencies. This enables sworn officers to spend more time patrolling the streets. The roles of our VIPS range from clerical tasks, to special events, citizen patrol and numerous other activities.