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Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training Recruits Volunteers

  • A Disaster Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) training held Nov. 11 and 13 at the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce recruited nine new volunteers - for a total of 25 volunteers – for our VRC team.
  • A VRC is where spontaneous volunteers will go in the event of a disaster.  During a disaster, there are two types of volunteers:  spontaneous and affiliated.  Affiliated volunteers have a relationship with a volunteer organization, such as American Red Cross, and have been trained and vetted.  Spontaneous volunteers are unaffiliated and may not be trained, but have skills, energy and compassion to share after a disaster. 
  • In the event of a disaster, any spontaneous volunteers who arrive at a disaster scene will be directed to the VRC, where they will fill out an application, be interviewed and screened, matched with a disaster volunteer opportunity, trained and fitted with a wristband before being sent back out to the disaster scene.  This will make volunteering during a disaster much more organized, efficient and reduces liability.
  • During a disaster, local emergency services are swamped with calls for help and requests for information while trying to stabilize the situation, so a VRC is a valuable asset. 
  • In south Wood County United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center and Wood County Emergency Management has partnered to train and recruit VRC volunteers.
  • We’d like to thank the following for helping to make our VRC training a success:  Tropical Smoothie Café and Domino’s Pizza for being dinner sponsors; and Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event.
  • If you missed the November training, mark your calendars for the next training:  March 10 and 12, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Wisconsin Rapids Lion’s Club.  For more information, please visit our website at www.volunteerinnerwisc.org and click on “Volunteer at Events.”

 

United Way Releases the 2014 Holiday Give and Get Help Guide

  • The holidays will soon be upon us! Many people prefer to celebrate and give thanks by helping others, sometimes in lieu of exchanging gifts or dining with family - many people give gifts to the needy and volunteer as a family instead.  Others like to make donations at the end of the year for a tax deduction.  Whatever the reason, United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center is here to help you decide how to give back, with the help of its 2014 Holiday Give and Get Help Guide for South Wood and Adams Counties.
  • The Holiday Give and Get Help Guide is a comprehensive listing of holiday-related volunteer opportunities; and of the different types of donations you can make, including children’s toys, food and winter clothing, etc.  The guide also gives information on how individuals who need help can access each program.
  • To view or receive your copy, click here or call 715-421-0390.  You can also pick up a copy at McMillan Memorial Public Library in Wisconsin Rapids.

 

United Way of Inner Wisconsin Creates Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable

  • In an effort to build coalitions around its seven strategy areas, United Way of Inner Wisconsin has created the “Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable,” which will meet quarterly.  The first meeting will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:00pm at River Cities Bank (lower level conference room). 
  • The roundtable is an opportunity for agencies and local businesses/organizations that provide supportive health services to an identified population with a need come together:  to talk about their programs and educate the group about the resources they provide; discuss issues that are impacting their abilities to help people; and talk about systemic changes that can help improve the clients’ quality of life.
  • “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and build understanding between the different supportive community health programs in south Wood County,” said Angie Loucks, the roundtable facilitator and Campaign/Communications Coordinator at United Way of Inner Wisconsin.  “Working together we can move the needle on local issues and create lasting change in our communities.”
  • If your agency, business or organization provides supportive community health services to a specific population with an identified need, please feel free to join our roundtable discussion.  To reserve your seat at the table, please RSVP to Angie Loucks at 715-421-0390 or angie@uwiw.org