The Fairfax CERT Association, as a 501C(3) charitable non-profit organization, we depend on your generosity to help fund programs that put our outstanding volunteers to work throughout the county.
Our largest program is providing emergency response training to people from every part of the county (and many from neighboring jurisdictions). Since 2006 we have trained nearly 4,000 people throughout in Fairfax County. We have an active CERT membership list of nearly 850 dedicated CERT trained volunteers. However, as an affluent county just outside of Washington, DC our residents are in the cross-hairs of many threats. So we cannot take a break to enjoy our great success. We must keep working to bring the concept of readiness to everyone.
In 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, County Supervisors turned to the CERT Program for help with distributing food to those hit hardest by the cut back in economic activity. Our CERT volunteers stepped up to plan and work 35 (and counting) food distribution events. Through those events we delivered nearly two million pounds of food directly to those in need.
It is clear that we must not only train more volunteer responders. We must develop our capability to respond to a greater variety of needs. We must continue to train CERT members and equip the CERT Program to improve our readiness to meet unexpected needs. We are looking beyond to build our community teams with training right in their communities with a mobile training platform.
We are so fortunate to have access to highly trained and incredible volunteer instructors and training staff. Many of them donate hundreds, if not thousands, of hours each year in support of our mission and goals. But we need more than just their hours. We need the equipment and gear required to meet the expanding new missions we are being called upon to support. This requires funding beyond that which our small grant provides. We need your continued generous support. Thank you so much for considering supporting our efforts!