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Volunteer Opportunities

Washington citizens can serve the community in many ways.

By volunteering to serve on a city board or commission, you can help make decisions that make Washington a better place in which to live. Washington’s mayor and city council rely on the direct input and feedback provided by the citizens who volunteer to serve on its advisory boards and commissions.

The boards and commissions include the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Economic Development Commission, the Glendale Cemetery Board of Managers and the Board of Police Commissioners. Click here to learn about the responsibilities of each board and commission. If you’re interested in serving on an advisory board or commission, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to Pat Brown, City Clerk by mail at 301 Walnut Street, Washington, IL 61571 or by email pbrown@ci.washington.il.us. While the positions are unpaid, the time commitment is minimal (generally one meeting per month, usually in the evening). We seek individuals who are highly motivated with a willingness to learn and act in the best interest of the community.

The Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) are also seeking out volunteer members. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer auxiliary police officer, contact Police Chief Don Volk (309)444.2313. The Washington Fire Department, an independent, not-for-profit corporation under contract with the City, relies on its volunteer members in its service to the community. Contact the Fire Chief at the Fire Station (309)444.2511 for information about becoming a volunteer firefighter. You may also visit their website at www.wfd.dst.il.us for more information. The Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA) is a municipal agency comprised of volunteers that provide additional manpower and resources for public safety. Contact the Police Department at (309)444.2313 for information about becoming a volunteer.

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