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    Florida Commission on Community Service (Volunteer Florida)

    Florida Commission on Community Service (Volunteer Florida) Volunteer Florida is pleased to announce the availability of 2016-2017 Citizen Corps/CERT grant funding.

    The grant application is posted in the Grants section on the Volunteer Florida website at www.volunteerflorida.org. Proposals are due July 29, 2016.

    After September 11, 2001, America witnessed a wellspring of selflessness and heroism. People in every corner of the country asked, "What can I do?" and "How can I help?" Citizen Corps was created to help all Americans answer these questions through public education and outreach, training, and volunteer service.

    These Councils build on community strengths to implement the Citizen Corps programs and will carry out a local strategy to have every American participate. This strategy includes public education and outreach, training, and volunteer programs and activities, including the A principal Citizen Corps Program – The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

    CERT is a training program that prepares people to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, citizens can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With this training, volunteers can provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene. CERT volunteers also support the community year-round by participating in community preparedness outreach activities and distributing materials on disaster preparedness and education.

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