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Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA)

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita hosts a Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA) each year. CEPA provides classroom and hands-on training for residents to improve their ability to respond to large-scale disasters when first responders may be overwhelmed, and to assist during regular emergencies until first responders arrive. The goal is for graduates of CEPA to be able to care for themselves, loved ones, and neighbors in the aftermath of a disaster.


College-Student Work Experience Program

Volunteer during your summer break and join City of Rancho Santa Margarita staff for this four-week program. This non-paid volunteer program introduces college students to City functions. Students will participate in a hourly introductory lesson to different departments each day, followed by three hours of hands-on experience. Student volunteers will be assigned duties and projects throughout the program to familiarize them with various professions. The casual working environment provides student volunteers with an opportunity to explore careers in local government. At the end of the program students should have a better understanding of the exciting functions and roles that exist in city government. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is a small city with the soul of a small village. Volunteer opportunities of all types abound throughout the City.