UNITED WAY TO HOLD EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER CENTER TRAINING ON MAY 1
IOWA CITY, IA – The United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties will hold a training session for volunteers interested in helping run the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) during times of disaster and recovery. The purpose of the EVC is to coordinate the large influx of volunteers who respond to a disaster with community needs that arise, whether that is sandbagging, cleanup, or rebuilding.
During a disaster, trained EVC Volunteers improve the effectiveness of community volunteers by matching them to assignments where their skills and abilities can best be put to use. EVC Volunteers have various jobs to choose from, including greeting, interviewing or matching volunteers, taking requests from agencies and individuals in need of volunteer assistance, conducting safety briefings or tracking volunteer hours and impact to assist with FEMA reimbursements. Being an EVC Volunteer does not involve strenuous physical activity.
The training session, which includes a simulation, will be held Thursday, May 1 from 3-5 pm. Location will be provided upon registration.
For more information, or to sign up for the training, please contact Adam Yack at the United Way’s Volunteer Center at (319) 337-VOLS (8657) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EVC is activated by Johnson County Emergency Management or at the request of a local city government. After receiving training, EVC Volunteers are asked to serve a one-year “on call” commitment with the option of extension for additional years. If activated, EVC Volunteers sign up for times they are available to staff the EVC and then help get the right community volunteers to the right place at the right time during the disaster.