Volunteer Center to Host Training to Organize Volunteers in Times of Disaster and Recovery

Disaster volunteer mobilization simulation training session to be held on November 19

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a clearing house for community volunteerism and a service of the Columbia Association (CA), will hold a simulation training session for volunteers interested in helping staff a disaster Volunteer Mobilization Center (VMC) during times of disaster and recovery. The purpose of the VMC is to coordinate community needs with spontaneous volunteers who come forward to help with tasks such as clean-up or information distribution. The simulation training will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Clarksville Fire Station.

During a disaster, VMC volunteers help to harness the power and impact of spontaneous volunteers by registering and referring them to agencies requesting additional help. VMC volunteers provide a variety of services from greeting, interviewing, making volunteer referrals, taking requests from agencies in need of volunteer assistance, conducting safety briefings and tracking data. In the event of a disaster, trained VMC volunteers would be notified when a VMC is activated. A VMC in Howard County is deployed at the request of Howard County’s Department of Citizen Services and will serve under their direction. VMC volunteers do not self-deploy.

Registration is requested by November 15. For more information or to register, call 410-715-3179 or e-mail Pam@VolunteerHoward.org. The session will be held in the Community Room in the Clarksville Fire Station, located at 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville.

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is a service of the Columbia Association and receives funding from the Baltimore UASI, Columbia Association, the Horizon Foundation and Howard County Government Department of Citizen Services. The mission of the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County (VCSHC) is to stimulate and expand volunteerism in the community by connecting people to non-profit and public agencies in order to improve the quality of life for all people in Howard County. For more information, visit VolunteerHoward.org or call 410-715-3172.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green
General Manager of Communications & Community Relations
410-715-3171
Shelia.Green@ColumbiaAssociation.com

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