Thursday, December 04, 2008

Are you good in a crisis?

Every year, volunteers for the city's Crisis Response Team (CRT) are dispatched to provide immediate crisis intervention and referrals to victims and their families who have been involved in a traumatic incident.

If you are interested in volunteering, a new eight week training session begins in January 2009 to help you develop the skills, knowledge, and relationships needed to serve as an effective CRT member. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and in good physical condition. The program is especially in need of volunteers with bilingual capability in Spanish or Korean.

The program is managed by the Mayor's Office in close coordination with the city's Fire and Police Departments. Residents interested in learning more about volunteering for the Crisis Response Team should contact Jeffrey Zimerman, Crisis Response Team Manager, at 213-978-0697 or by e-mail.