Free ‘reservist’ training, exercise to set up volunteer matching opportunities available now
Ever wonder how the armies of people who step up to help in a disaster’s aftermath get organized to do the most good? Turns out, it’s by volunteers organizing other volunteers. And United Way of Central Indiana is now recruiting people in Hamilton County to be ready for that work and giving them the training they’ll need to respond when necessary.
United Way is offering “reservist” training on Tuesday, June 10, 2-5 p.m. for volunteers who are not already affiliated with a disaster preparedness organization and who will commit to help operate a Volunteer Reception Center when it needs to be activated in Hamilton County.
Volunteers are also needed Wednesday, June 11 from 2-5 p.m. to conduct a mock exercise of setting up a Volunteer Reception Center. Both trainings are at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant Street, Noblesville, IN 46060.
To get full descriptions and to register for either opportunity visit uwci.org/hamilton
“The recent tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma highlight the need for trained volunteers to assist in the rebuilding. The best thing we can do for Hamilton County is to be prepared should a disaster strike, “ said Joan Isaac, United Way’s Hamilton County area director.”
The 2008 flooding in Morgan County was the most recent disaster that led to activation of a reception center in Martinsville to match community needs with appropriate volunteers.