Last night, volunteers and victim advocates for the Grand Junction Police and Fire Departments were honored at our annual appreciation banquet. We benefit from the assistance of over 60 public safety volunteers, who handle a plethora of tasks, like speed enforcement, data entry, customer service, and assistance to victims of crime and tragedy, just to name a few. These dedicated volunteers allow us to provide a higher level of service to our community through their gift of time, freeing up our public safety employees for priority responses. Without them, some of the tasks they tend to simply couldn’t be completed. Our volunteers contributed a staggering 21,904 hours of service to our organizations in 2017. If they were paid just minimum wage for those hours, it would cost the City of Grand Junction over $200,000. The benefit of these dedicated community members goes far beyond cost savings. They are part of our law enforcement and fire families, with some serving alongside us for well over 20 years. Simply stated, we’re grateful.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or victim advocate for the Grand Junction Police Department or the Grand Junction Fire Department, you can contact our volunteer coordinator, Jeannie Lewis, at (970)549-5130, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mary Harmeling, our victim advocate coordinator, can be reached at (970)549-5290, or email@example.com.