After the Mesa Fire Department responds to an emergency, residents or victims are often in need of follow-up services - from shelter to social services. That's when the department's Connector Program volunteers step in to help put those in need with services that can help them.
Established in 1998, the award-winning Connector Program has expanded from its initial 20 volunteers and limited hours to more than 700 trained volunteers who help out 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year. Services include: social service referral, elder care referral, homeless-shelter needs, transportation, fire victim assistance, financial referral, and motorist assistance.
Connector volunteers get to be involved in their community, learn about fire department operations, receive college credit, work in a team environment with peer support, and get social services experience. To volunteer, you must be at least 18, have a valid Arizona driver's license and insurance, and obtain CPR certification.
To learn more, visit www.mesaaz.gov/Volunteer/Connectors/.
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