Volunteers provide an invaluable service and support a number of City endeavors that are important to the overall efficiency of municipal operations at the City of Thousand Oaks. We use them extensively. One exceptional volunteer working for me developed our Green Business Certification Program. He is an MPA student at USC. I have also had a number of volunteers with BS And Masters degrees volunteer to get City experience and they have allowed us to substantially improve our programs. I typically have them work on major projects that we are interested in doing, but do not have the time to dedicate to doing the research and development needed.For the City as a whole, I got the following from our Volunteer Coordinator who just pulled the stats for Volunteer Week. I believe she told me we have over 400 volunteers in various capacities.Volunteers serve on various boards, commissions, and committees and also work at City Hall and in Theatres, Library, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Auxillary Communication Services (ACS), and the Police Department including Volunteers in Policing (VIP), Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), Explorers and Reserve Deputies. During the year 2010, over 1,000 volunteers contributed over 100,000 hours to City efforts, representing over 2.0 million dollars. Volunteers provide exemplary service to the residents, council and staff of the City of Thousand Oaks and allow the City to provide more services to residents without incurring costs.