National Programs


September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an annual campaign to encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and communities. NPM is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is sponsored by its Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizen Corps Program. While September is the month for recognizing national preparedness, the goal is to engage the public to make preparedness a part of their daily lives every day and not one single month.

This year, we would like to encourage everyone to join the National Preparedness Coalition. The National Preparedness Coalition is the nation’s public online forum organized to improve our Nation’s resilience against all-hazards. It is comprised of individuals engaged in preparedness – and those who want to be engaged in preparedness – who are committed to strengthening, sustaining and enhancing the resilience of their communities. Coalition members Pledge to Prepare – that is, take actions which will strengthen their own personal, family and community preparedness capabilities.

Coalition members can ask questions, share ideas, and post events on the website.  Joining is easy, simply click this link to join FEMA’s National Preparedness Coalition. There are currently over 1,100 members from California and over 10,000 members country wide. Volunteers are encouraged to join as well! Stop by the Region IX “Introduce yourself” thread and say hi after joining. See you there!

NPM Coalition Fact Sheet



Rebuilding Together
The mission of Rebuilding Together is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled and families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence. The goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnership with communities. While some affiliates provide year-round services, all affiliates plan and prepare for National Rebuilding Day, typically held on the last Saturday in April.

Rebuilding Together


National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the Week as an annual celebration of volunteerism. Every President since has signed a Proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials also make public statements and sign proclamations in support of National Volunteer Week.



Future National Volunteer Week Dates
  • April 6–13, 2014
  • April 12–15, 2015
  • April 10–17, 2016

    Make a Difference Day
    Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others–a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors; everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Millions have participated. In 2000, 2.2 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns and helping an estimated 25 million people. Your project can be as large or as small as you wish! Look around your community and see what needs to be done.

    Make a Difference Day