Volunteer Information for COVID-19
Governor Phil Scott is calling Vermonters into service with the launch of a new website allowing people to sign up for volunteer assistance to support the state’s response to COVID-19:
The website directs those with medical and healthcare skills to the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), and those with other needed skills to a quick registration process to sign up to help.
Those with medical experience or other health care background and the ability to volunteer are needed to bolster the ranks of Vermont’s current health care workforce. The volunteer website directs these individuals to Vermont’s MRC units, community-based groups of volunteers who can supplement local emergency, health care provider staff and public health resources. This is needed because Vermont’s existing health care workers are going above and beyond to respond to this challenge as it unfolds, and they are going to need reinforcements.
The Vermont Medical Reserve Corps is seeking these qualified and experienced volunteers:
- Licensed and certified health care professionals; People with mental health, or other types of clinical or professional experience;
- Health care administrative experience, such as with medical data entry or language translators; and
- People who have worked with displaced individuals, such as homeless shelter programs.
This effort is about drawing more skilled personnel, such as retirees or those not currently employed in the healthcare field, into the response and not about redirecting existing healthcare workers.
Other individuals who do not have medical or healthcare backgrounds but are willing to volunteer their time in Vermont’s response effort can register at https://vermont.gov/volunteer and indicate their expertise and availability.
We expect to draw upon many skills to meet the challenge of serving those affected by COVID-19, potentially including drivers, food service, construction, IT, security, skilled trades and more.
In addition to volunteering their time, Vermonters can also contribute to blood banks, food banks, and other emergency supply efforts. The American Red Cross of Northern New England faces a severe blood shortage and many local food banks and other community organizations are in need of support and donations of supplies. In addition to volunteering, Vermonters can also give back in the following ways:
- Donate PPE: Donations of N95 masks, medical and industrial grade or surgical masks can be brought to your nearest State Police Barracks. You can find the location nearest to you here: https://vsp.vermont.gov/stations.
- Give blood: Visit the American Red Cross to learn how to safely donate blood: https://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont.html.
Our state is at its best when Vermonters pull together to help each other. The coming weeks will be very difficult, but united in common purpose, we will face, fight and defeat this virus – and emerge stronger together.
Volunteer Safety Information for COVID-19
When Vermonters need help, Vermonters want to help. While Vermonters are staying home as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19, some are stepping up to ensure their neighbors have what they need. This type of community support is crucial, but we need to make sure our helpers and volunteers are still using social distancing practices to protect our most vulnerable vermonters.
The Vermont Department of Health recommends that if you volunteer:
- Keep a distance of six feet away from those you are helping, and other volunteers.
- Avoid entering the homes of those you are providing services to.
- Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If you feel sick or learn that you have had contact with someone who is sick, stop doing volunteer work immediately.
- Keep a list of anyone you come into close contact with in case contact tracing is required.
- Wear clean gloves when handling items that may be given to people with a weaker immune system, and when you are close to someone who may be sick.
These common sense practices can go a long way while Vermonters take care of each other.
Stay up to date at healthvermont.gov/covid19
Join AmeriCorps Today!
There are over 80,000 opportunities to serve in AmeriCorps each year, and 450 of those opportunities are right here in Vermont! There are opportunities that work for everyone, from full-time year-long service positions, to 300 hour positions over the summer or during the school year. Learn more about serving in AmeriCorps in Vermont and find an opportunity for you by visiting our AmeriCorps State Programs.
Next Commission Meeting
The next meeting of the SerVermont commission will be on June 8, 2020 from 2 - 4 PM. This meeting will be held as a virtual meeting due to COVID-19 restrictions. All SerVermont meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend virtually if interested. If you would like to attend the meeting virtually please let us know in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with log-in information so you can attend. Thank you for your understanding.
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