In a rural community with a smaller, more close-knit population, no one agency has enough personnel to respond to all the needs of the county in an emergency situation. The Hancock County Health Department is always looking for people who would like to volunteer their time and experience to this ongoing effort. Whether an emergency is man-made or natural, we need people from all walks of life, including medical professionals, clerical personnel, people with law enforcement or military backgrounds, those with a background in finance or accounting, educators, planners, and runners.
And our volunteers can provide a valuable service not only during emergencies and disasters, but also during the exercises and drills that we conduct to ensure our readiness. We will use volunteers to act in the jobs they would volunteer for, and also as actors for the exercise no professional acting experience necessary! We are developing a volunteer corps who will be able to respond in any emergency. We will provide periodic training and information to help you feel more comfortable working side-by-side with our staff. You will know that you are part of a group of people whose goal is to provide the best care available from the Public Health aspect of prevention and protection. And, hopefully, along the way, you will also have some fun.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete an application and return it to us at your convenience. If you have any questions, you can contact Jessica Croy, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at 217-357-2171, extension 129.
Volunteer Application (PDF 19kb)
If you are already a member of an existing volunteer agency, and your group would like to become involved in Public Health and emergency response, we would love to hear from you. You can become part of our exercises by playing the part of victims, concerned citizens, and maybe even the bad guys.
By teaming your agency with ours, we can build further on the partnering of Hancock County agencies in an effort to work towards the common good. We will come to you to provide Public Health-specific training, and can provide speakers to your group on a large number of topics.
We will work with senior volunteer groups, youth groups, scouts, professional organizations, or neighborhood groups. Let us know what WE can do to enhance your volunteer experience. For more information call 217-357-2171, extension 129.