City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced the formation of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Citizen Corps Council, which will recruit volunteers to help their community prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Citizen Corps Council activities will be funded by a Homeland Security grant administered through Lancaster County Emergency Management and operated by Volunteer Partners.
“Volunteers are a critical part of any emergency or disaster relief effort,” said Mayor Seng. “The goal of the Citizen Corps Council is to give all citizens an opportunity to participate in making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”
“We saw the importance of volunteers in the past year with their work in the Hallam and Lancaster County relief effort,” said Doug Ahlberg, Lancaster County Emergency Management Director. “The Citizen Corps Council will enhance their organization, efficiency and productivity, enabling an already outstanding volunteer base to become even better.”
“The Council is a wonderful opportunity for Volunteer Partners and the participating agencies to engage community volunteers, our greatest asset, in activities and educational opportunities that will help individuals and the community be better prepared should disaster strike,” said Margo McKendree, Emergency Volunteer Project Coordinator for Volunteer Partners. “Citizen interest and involvement in volunteerism will not only strengthen our agencies, but also our city and county.”
The Citizen Corps Council has five components:
Members of the Citizen Corps Council include local elected officials; neighborhood representatives; the Lancaster County Red Cross; the Salvation Army of Lincoln; the Lincoln Public Schools; the Lincoln Police Department; the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office; Lancaster County Emergency Management; the Lancaster County Medical Society; the Mutual Aid Firefighters Association for Lancaster County; and Volunteer Partners.
Those wanting more information or a presentation on the Citizen Corps Council can contact Volunteer Partners at 435-2100.