Carlsbad offers some unique ways to volunteer. The city went beyond the standard volunteer program to create a Special Volunteer Action Team. SVAT encompasses a widely diverse group of community-minded people who have identified the specialized skill sets they are willing to offer for free. This perspective:
- Offers staff a “Craigslist” of skill sets.
- Opens staff thinking to new options for volunteers.
- Strengthens the volunteer program by expanding the opportunities to serve.
Quantifiable accomplishments include a website project in which SVAT members re-wrote web content, built new links and assisted in moving more than 2,000 pages to a new website. Also for more than two years SVAT members have helped the city’s GIS department with a huge project to map every unit in all multi-unit parcels in the city. When complete, public safety personnel will know the exact locations of every unit.
Some of the talents offered by SVAT members include:
- Graphic artist
- Grant writing
- Environmental report writing
- Event planning
- Hazardous waste manager