Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Are you one of those people who wants to get out there and help when others are hurting? Maybe there actually is something you can do to help fire victims or others who have lost so much in natural disasters. If you want to do this, we want to help you try.

Amava Take: Difficult times can bring out the best in people. If you’re someone who wants to make a difference and you’re willing to be hands on about it, you can help fire victims and be part of a team of people trying to do what they can in a devastating situation. Some people organize local supply donations and deliver them to evacuees.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

We need people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and tap into their compassion.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Following directions is imperative. Trained experts know the most effective ways to help people in crisis.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Nothing typical about any of this, though it has regrettably become more common. 

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

To be of service in a time of crisis is enormously rewarding.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Witnessing devastation up close is heartbreaking.

What made you decide to do this work?

The bravery of first-responders and victims who have lost it all but still have the instinct to be good to others inspired me deeply.

Special Requirements: Requirements vary, but you should be physically fit and capable of following directions even if things change quickly.

Related Classes: Skills for Making Great Decisions, Handling Medical Emergencies.

Finding a Position: The state of California posts volunteer needs during fire season and so do local organizations.  Check your social media and local groups for postings. Most states active emergencies will do so as well. Another thing you can do if you have any spare space is host people in need of emergency shelter. You can also look to the Red Cross  and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for volunteer opportunities.