||The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is
a program that trains citizens how to be prepared for and respond to
emergencies that may arise in their community. In the event of a major
disaster such as a hurricane, emergency services personnel can initially
become overwhelmed leaving citizens on their own. CERT training enables
citizens to help themselves and their neighbors by applying basic
response and organizational skills during an emergency. CERT members can
also serve as first responders to an emergency until professional
emergency services arrive.
||The first priority of Fundación Familia Sana
(Healthy Family Foundation) in the United States is to fill the gap in
health disparities within the Spanish speaking community. Initially we
began in the city of Tampa, and have quickly expanded outward into
Hillsborough County. With the help of volunteer public health, nursing
and medical students from the University of South Florida we have made a
difference in the lives of the Hispanic community.
||For more than 30 years
Reliance Center for Independent Living, a non-profit organization
has provided services, free of charge, to children and adults with
disabilities residing in Hillsborough County. Services include providing
new and recycled durable medical equipment, home modifications,
independent living skills training, assistive devices such as flashing
door bell signalers and baby cry monitors for people who are deaf and a
loan program for power wheelchairs and scooters. Currently we have
several unique programs such as an accessible computer lab for the
hearing-impaired, vision-impaired and those with physical limitations.
We provide advocacy and information referrals to both consumers and
States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, uniformed
volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard, as well as the
lead volunteer force in the Department of Homeland Security. The 31,000
volunteer members (men and women) donate time in support of the Coast
Guard and Maritime Domain Awareness missions. Our members come from all
walks of life and all ages over 17 (there is no upper age limit).
Special training is provided free of charge so that we may serve as
functional members of Team Coast Guard. Auxiliarists assist the Coast
Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel
safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental
protection and now we also help with Homeland Security.