We couldn’t be here without you
The greatest benefit of being a volunteer in our Squad is that we are a large diverse group that is committed to providing a valuable community service without passing the cost directly onto our patients. Volunteers are the heart of our organization, keeping us up and running 24/7.
Of course, it can be difficult to find time to volunteer — but the personal satisfaction and fulfillment can be enormous when you directly connect with your community to make it a better place to live and work. According to research, volunteering can reduce stress, combat depression and provide a profound sense of purpose. Most importantly, when you volunteer at WEFAS, you play a critical role in saving lives. You’re part of a legacy that began more than 80 years ago — one that will continue to serve the community for years to come.
What sets WEFAS apart from other organizations is our culture. Once you become a member, you become family. At times our work can be demanding, but we count on each other to get through each challenge, so we’re always at the top of our game. You will quickly discover how the volunteer spirit of our members fuels the energy you need to work your shift.
What our volunteers are saying
“The impact the WEFAS community has had on my life has been profound. It has made living in West Caldwell one of the best decisions of my life. The squad is my family and I know they would do anything for me. It is a good feeling to know that someone is always there for you and that your community is counting on you to be there for them.”
“Volunteering for an all-volunteer organization can be risky. Without leadership from a paid staff, the ship can sometimes be pointed in no direction. I have found the volunteer leadership at WEFAS to be impressive. From our crew chief to lieutenant, everyone communicates expectations, provides feedback and shows that they care about my experience as a volunteer. If I can’t make a shift, there is always someone to help me out.”
“I wanted to be a nurse, so being an EMT was a no-brainer. I have always been shy, an introvert. I have found that dedicating my time as a volunteer EMT has helped me to make new friends. Today, I enjoy a wider network, and I have boosted my social skills.”
“I always look forward to my shift because I know I will be part of helping someone get through something tough. And, it gives me an opportunity to bond with my ‘other’ family. I thought I would do this for a year, I just celebrated my 27th anniversary with WEFAS as an EMT.”