Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Crisis Response Team Volunteers Needed

Every year, volunteers for the city's Crisis Response Team (CRT) are dispatched to provide immediate crisis intervention to victims and their families who have been involved in a traumatic incident. Volunteers serve as liaisons between victims and emergency personnel, and give referrals to those affected.

If you are interested in volunteering, a seven-week training session will begin Tuesday, January 18, to help develop the skills, knowledge, and relationships needed to serve as an effective CRT member. Training sessions will take place each Tuesday and Thursday evening through March 3 at the Grace E Simons Lodge in Elysian Park. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and in good physical condition. The program is especially in need of volunteers who are fluent 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 via e-mail at LACRT@lacity.org.