Mr. James Newberry, V33016
I am a sixty seven year old retired businessman from San Mateo. I thought after retirement about 13 years ago that I would be perfectly happy spending my free time collecting classic cars, and indulging in other hobbies. I was wrong.
Approximately three years ago I found myself looking for a new challenge. Fortunately I found out about the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Senior Volunteer Program and signed up. I logged 2,600 volunteer hours my first year, and 3200 hours last year.
I started my volunteer career in Redwood City, and had the opportunity to work at a newly formed CHP Command in Castro Valley. I am now undertaking my biggest challenge to date. Starting in January of this year I have been privileged to work at Headquarters in Sacramento. I am assigned to the Community Outreach and Marketing Unit.
Through the (CHP) Volunteer Program I am experiencing the happiest and most exciting chapter of my life.
If you're retired or about to retire, or you work part time and want to give something back to your community, this is the perfect way to do it.
Mr. Will E. Austin, V0713
On September 11, 2001, Will vowed to do something for his country after he discovered our nation had endured a terrorist act. He read a newspaper ad from the CHP that was looking for volunteers. Will immediately contacted the CHP and applied for a position in the Senior Volunteer Program.
Will reported to Baldwin Park Area Office in April 2002 and progressed through two weeks of training. The training included administrative assistance, defensive driving, and traffic control. Additionally, Will is a certified child passenger safety technician. Currently, his responsibilities include issuing receipts, editing correspondences, and participating in ride alongs. Will also has a great passion to promote traffic safety messages for the CHP. He contributes to CHiPs For Kids, Every 15 Minutes, and recruitment functions.
Will prefers to be busy all the time. "I'm a young 63-year old, and I want to keep doing things," he explained. Will enjoys assisting officers in the field and is proud to be a member of the CHP family.
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