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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER

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Below are a few highlights on how you can make a difference in the City of Surrey:

  • Skill Development: Volunteering in community safety programs allows young people to acquire and enhance a range of valuable skills. They can develop leadership, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills, which are transferable to various areas of their lives, including education, future careers, and personal relationships.

  • Civic Engagement: Volunteering fosters a sense of civic responsibility and community engagement among youth. By actively participating in community safety initiatives, young volunteers become more aware of the issues affecting their neighborhoods and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of public safety.

  • Empowerment: Engaging in community safety programs empowers young people to take an active role in making a difference in their communities. It gives them a sense of agency and the opportunity to contribute positively to society, which can boost their self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • Networking and Social Connections: Volunteering provides young people with the chance to connect with like-minded individuals and establish valuable networks. They can form friendships, build professional relationships, and expand their social circles, which can be beneficial for personal and future career opportunities.

  • Exposure to Diversity: Community safety programs often bring together volunteers from various backgrounds and experiences. By participating in these programs, youth have the opportunity to interact with people different from themselves, fostering an appreciation for diversity, promoting cultural understanding, and challenging stereotypes.

  • Enhanced Safety and Well-being: Youth volunteering in community safety programs directly contributes to creating safer environments. Their efforts can help raise awareness about safety issues, educate community members, and promote preventive measures. By working towards safer communities, they improve the overall well-being of both individuals and neighborhoods.

  • Personal Growth and Perspective: Engaging in community safety programs exposes young people to different perspectives and challenges their preconceived notions. They learn to empathize with others, develop a broader worldview, and gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues faced by their communities. This personal growth can contribute to their character development and create more compassionate and socially conscious individuals.

  • Long-Term Impact: The experiences gained through youth volunteering in community safety programs can shape individuals' future decisions and actions. Many volunteers go on to pursue careers in public safety, law enforcement, social work, or community development, using the knowledge and skills they acquired during their volunteer work to make a lasting impact.

General Requirements: 

  • All applicants interested must be 16 yrs or older

  • Applicants under 16 yrs may volunteer through their schools under the work-experience program

  • Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing community safety

  • Must successfully obtain an RCMP criminal record check

  • May require a valid class 5 Driver’s License depending on the program (Citizens Community Safety Watch Program must be 18 years of age)
     
    Please note that you will be required to make a minimum one (1) year commitment to volunteer with Surrey Crime Prevention. Program placements are determined by management and based on organizational needs and availability.

     

    Some of the program roles and responsibilities:

  • Report stolen vehicles and license plates

  • Work with community partners on a variety of projects including speed watch, distracted driving, public awareness and education campaigns, special events

  • Observe and report on suspicious activity in communities within the City of Surrey

  • Community enhancement programs & beautification efforts

 

 

*Eligibility to participate in these programs is subject to the approval of management

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