CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Thomas Jefferson Health District’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is recruiting medical professionals, nursing students and other volunteers in the Charlottesville area to provide care to residents with disabilities and access needs during disasters.
Nursing students, personal care assistants (PCAs), registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and others with training and experience in providing personal care assistance interested in volunteering during a disaster will receive training this Saturday, Dec. 3, to join Virginia’s Functional Access Needs Support (FANS) Team in a disaster.
Some 18,000 residents in the Thomas Jefferson Health District (including Charlottesville, North Fairfax and the Central Shenandoah region) have disabilities and would need non-medical personal care and assistance for daily living activities in emergency shelters. The MRC is partnering with VDEM to train local volunteers Saturday at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department to serve this population.
The all-day training session will be Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., including breaks, at:
Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department (entrance #3)
1138 Rose Hill Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Volunteers interested in training should submit an application to join the Thomas Jefferson Health District’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) by visiting www.vamrc.org/vvhs and completing the FANS team training this Saturday. Participants will then complete a shelter training exercise tentatively scheduled for Spring 2017.
“Having a force of trained, response-ready volunteers is a critical component of disaster recovery, especially in assisting those with functional and access needs. With winter approaching and Virginia’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew ongoing, preparedness is a top priority for us, and we are actively looking to build out our FANS team,” said Chris Rini, MRC coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson Health District.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971