Archived News Release from 2010
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Seeking Community Preservation Volunteers to Assist with Code Enforcement
Redwood City, CA - February 16, 2010 - In 2009, Redwood City started a new program of community volunteers assisting in Code Enforcement and Community Preservation activities. The Community Preservation Volunteer program has been a great success, with seven trained volunteers dedicating a total of over 500 hours serving as “ambassadors” for Redwood City’s Building & Inspection division.
The City is now seeking additional interested and committed community members to help beautify and improve neighborhoods and business areas. Volunteers assist Code Enforcement staff by helping with community preservation projects, code enforcement research, and visual assessments of neighborhoods and business areas. Any community member interested in this very helpful volunteer opportunity is encouraged to contact Michel Wayne at (650) 780-7357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer training includes riding along with Building and Inspection staff, and developing an understanding of the policy and procedure manuals for the department. After training, volunteers help Code Enforcement officers with specific case work and participate in outreach to the community. Their volunteer duties include responding to inquiries regarding abandoned cars and rubbish clean up, participating with an officer on sign ordinance enforcement for business owners, or performing important clerical and office related duties. These valued volunteers can also assist at the front counter at City Hall, provide follow-up to code enforcement cases and complaints, assist officers with preliminary investigations of non-health and safety code violations, and handle graffiti reporting, abandoned shopping cart reporting, and special community projects.
“This is a great way for community members to get involved and help supplement services that otherwise would be delayed or deferred due to the City’s budget problems,” said Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira. “My call to action to our community is for everyone to find some organization they can volunteer with – whether it’s a non-profit, a sports activity, a library, or as a Community Preservation Volunteer with Redwood City. Everyone can and should do their part to help their community during this tough economy.”
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