The United Way of Johnson County will hold two training sessions for volunteers interested in helping staff the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) during times of disaster and recovery. The purpose of the EVC is to coordinate community needs with 'spontaneous' volunteers who come forward to help with tasks such as sandbagging or cleaning up. As a clearinghouse for those in need of volunteer help and those wanting to lend a hand, the EVC provides an efficient process through which spontaneous volunteers are effectively deployed.
During a disaster, EVC volunteers help harness the power and impact of spontaneous volunteers by matching them to tasks where their skills and abilities can best be put to use. EVC volunteers have various jobs to choose from, including greeting, interviewing or matching spontaneous volunteers, taking requests from agencies and individuals in need of volunteer assistance, conducting safety briefings or tracking data. EVC volunteers help get the right volunteers to the right place at the right time during a disaster. Please note that being an EVC volunteer does not involve strenuous physical activity.
Training sessions will be held from 9:00am-12:00pm on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16. Participants will only need to attend one day of training, which includes a simulation. Upon completion of the training, EVC volunteers are asked to commit to being 'on call' for one year, with the possibility of extending for a second year. Trained EVC volunteers would be notified when the EVC is activated and then sign up for times they are available to staff the EVC.
For more information, or to sign up for the training, please contact Jill Schnoebelen at the United Way's Volunteer Center at (319) 337-VOLS (8657) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.