Volunteer Center to Host Training to Organize Volunteers in Times of Disaster and Recovery on July 21

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, July 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Miller Library.

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.

Preregistration is requested. For more information or to register, call 410-715-3179 or e-mail Pam@VolunteerHoward.org. Miller Library is located at 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

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 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.

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