"Cities and counties across the country . . . create Citizen Corps Councils of their own design, bringing together first responders, volunteer organizations, law enforcement agencies, and community-serving institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and houses of worship. Some Citizen Corps Councils will feature local activities that reflect new and existing national programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Teams, Volunteers in Police Service, and the Medical Reserve Corps. Some will include local programs that involve partnerships with law enforcement agencies, hospitals, first responders, and schools. What all Citizen Corps Councils will have in common is that our local leaders will be working to expand opportunities for their community members to engage in volunteer service that will support emergency preparation, prevention, and response."
- President George W. Bush
In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush outlined a proposal for volunteer programs to enable average citizens to help their communities in the event of a major disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, or terrorist attack. Since that time, more than a dozen Citizen Corps Councils have been set up in New Hampshire and the number is growing. Local councils are overseen by the State Citizen Corps Council, which distributes funds for local councils.
Local Citizen Corps Councils coordinate programs such as Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service, (VIPS) and USA On Watch. These programs are set up to meet local needs and organizers work closely with local officials.
Citizen Corps Councils may receive start-up grants of up to $15,000. For further information on Citizen Corps and its programs, contact:
Dolloff Building 4th Floor
117 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
NH Citizen Corps or Citizens Corps