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New Year, new ways to give back

By: Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer
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One of the things that make Folsom such a special community is the spirit of generosity and service. Folsom volunteers regularly invest their time, talents and financial resources for the betterment of our community. They are a powerful resource and instrumental in upholding Folsom’s most valued community traditions.  

I want to encourage Folsom residents to engage and invest in the community. The New Year offers a number of new opportunities to volunteer with the City of Folsom.

As fires ravaged regions of our beautiful state last year, we saw firsthand the power and importance of public safety volunteers during emergency situations. The City of Folsom is currently seeking volunteers for our Community Emergency Response Team and Citizens Assisting Public Safety (CAPS) program.

Ever wondered what you would do in an emergency situation? What if you could help others that were injured? Would you like to assist first responders during or following a disaster? The Community Emergency Response Team may be the opportunity for you. CERT volunteers work hand-in-hand with first responders during emergency situations, staff first aid stations at community events and help educate the community about emergency preparedness. CERT volunteers must complete an eight-week training session. The trainings begin in March and registration is now open.

Volunteers are also needed for the Citizens Assisting Public Safety (CAPS) program, which assists the City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments with a variety of functions.

CAPS volunteers assist with conducting vacation checks or patrolling parking lots as extra eyes and ears for the police department. They are also commonly seen helping with public education and safety fairs, working at the front counters, assisting with traffic control during parades and DUI checkpoints and leading the city’s Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch and Dog Walker Watch programs. The first step to becoming a CAPS volunteer is to complete the 11-week Citizens Academy. Applications for the 2018 academy are available online and in the lobby of the Folsom Police Department and are due by Jan. 31.

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is also seeking volunteers for the docent program. Volunteer docents serve an important role in helping to promote the Zoo Sanctuary’s educational mission of teaching responsible behavior toward all animals. Docents host school tours, staff booths at community events, help with youth camps and assist at special events. The docent training class begins Feb. 12 and continues through March 19.

Folsom Parks and Recreation hosts numerous special events throughout the year that benefit the Folsom community by reinforcing family bonds, encouraging friendships and promoting health and wellness. Many of these favorite Folsom traditions require a team of dedicated volunteers, including the Eggstravaganza, Glow Run and Wacky Dash. Volunteers assist with registration and packet pick-up, set-up and clean-up, course control and other tasks.

There are dozens of other ways to get involved and volunteer throughout the year. Volunteer at the city-wide Community Service Day, held annually the third Saturday of September. Support the Folsom Public Library and join the volunteer team. Join a City Commission or Committee. Report issues in your community through our service request platform See Click Fix Folsom. Stay up-to-date on City of Folsom news and information and connect with us on social media. Watch and participate in City Council meetings, held the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 6:30 p.m.

Learn more about engagement and volunteer opportunities at folsom.ca.us/getinvolved. I’d like to thank the countless volunteers that share their time, talent and resources to make Folsom the wonderful community that it is today.

I welcome your comments at epalmer@folsom.ca.us.