The United Nations Volunteerism Report highlighted that volunteerism is a basic expression of human relationships. It is about people’s need to participate in their societies and to feel that they matter to others. It is infused with values including solidarity, reciprocity, mutual trust, belonging and empowerment, all of which contribute significantly to the well-being of individuals, their communities and societies. Volunteers are central to effective Disaster Management in many countries, including Dominica, as they provide additional and well needed support through different skills and abilities. Volunteers are sometimes the first line of response to an incident until the professional first responders arrive. There are several activities volunteers can support. You can join the District and Community Disaster Management Committees in your area and support the various task forces. You can also volunteer to be a part of the Shelter Management Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Warehouse Management and Emergency Relief Distribution, Emergency Communications and many other supporting areas.