Township Establishes Middletown Volunteer Corps
Organizers Needed to Serve on Advisory Committee
After hundreds of residents came forward to help their neighbors in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Township Committee has established a new advisory body, the Middletown Volunteer Corps, to manage the township’s wealth of kind-hearted volunteers.
The Middletown Volunteer Corps will manage volunteer services during recovery phase of Superstorm Sandy. The Volunteer Corps will also be available to supplement the services of emergency responders in times of need during future disasters and serve as a resource for future community-based activities and initiatives, explained Mayor Anthony P. Fiore.
Volunteers are currently needed to serve on the corps’ nine-member advisory committee. The advisory committee is charged with assisting the township in establishing a permanent registry of residents available to volunteer in times of emergency. The advisory committee will develop a strategic plan regarding the organization, structure and mission of the Middletown Volunteer Corp including strategies for recruitment, training and community-based activities in which volunteers can register to participate, he said.
“Middletown is well-known as a vibrant community with a very strong volunteer spirit,” Fiore said. “However, the volume of volunteers we encountered in the wake of Superstorm Sandy was intense. The experience highlighted the need to create a more permanent mechanism to register and dispatch volunteers where they are needed most at any given time.”
Residents interested in volunteering their time to assist in the creation and management of the Middletown Volunteer Corps are encouraged to submit an application on the Middletown Citizen Leadership Form. Applications should be sent to Middletown Citizen Leadership Act, c/o Township Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748. Call 732-615-2015 for more information. The application can be downloaded from www.middletownnj.org. Look under the Boards and Commission section of the website.