For anyone with a New Year's resolution that includes finding a meaningful volunteer position, they may find a perfect fit with the Untied States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard, and is actively seeking more volunteers interested in serving their country and their community.
The Coast Guard's philosophy is "ready for today . . . preparing for tomorrow" against all threats and all hazards. The role of the Coast Guard Auxiliary is to be a "force multiplier" for the Coast Guard.
Training opportunities (most of which are free) include boat crew and coxswain (small boat operator), vessel examiner, boating safety class instructor, public affairs, and many others. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years old, and pass a basic background check. There are no upper age limits or height/weight standards (although for boat crew, you must be able to perform certain asks). There are no minimum service hours - you can serve as little or as much as you want.
For more information or to become a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, call 1-877-875-6296, or visit www.cgaux.org.
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