News

Vermont MRC Volunteer, Peg Clement, Attends Disaster Medical Assistance Team Fundamentals Course at Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama June 25-30, 2018

More than 200 MRC volunteers applications from across the country were submitted to HHS for attendance to the Center for Domestic Preparedness Disaster Medical Assistance Team (Fundamentals) training courses in Alabama in of 2018; with only a few selected.  I, Peg Clement of Chittenden MRC, feel fortunate to have been nominated for this important training […]



Events

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – NW VT MRC

When: November 23, 2019 all-day
Where: St. Albans District Office, 27 Federal Street, St. Albans City, VT 05478, USA

Youth Mental Health First Aid training with Mary Pickener.    NCSS offered the Mental Health First Aid training last year, this year we are focusing on youth and can bring the session to our membership. […]

Nov
23
Sat
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – NW VT MRC @ St. Albans District Office
Nov 23 all-day
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - NW VT MRC @ St. Albans District Office | Saint Albans City | Vermont | United States

Youth Mental Health First Aid training with Mary Pickener.    NCSS offered the Mental Health First Aid training last year, this year we are focusing on youth and can bring the session to our membership.  If you know of anyone else interested in attending this course, please feel free to invite them!

Come join the Northwest Vermont MRC in taking this course!

Dec
5
Thu
Stop the Bleed – Lamoille Valley MRC @ Morristown EMS Training Center
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stop the Bleed - Lamoille Valley MRC @ Morristown EMS Training Center

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Stop the Bleed trainings co-sponsored by the Lamoille Valley MRC, Copley Hospital and Morristown EMS, who wants to ensure members of our community, workplaces, and schools are knowledgeable in the use of compression techniques or a tourniquet in trying to stop uncontrolled bleeding. Join us for this FREE course.

Dec
9
Mon
Cold Weather Shelter Training – Rutland / Addison MRC @ ELK’s Lodge #345
Dec 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cold Weather Shelter Training - Rutland / Addison MRC @ ELK’s Lodge #345

Training for extreme cold weather shelters is on Monday December 9 at 5:30 pm  to 7:00 pm at the ELK’s Lodge #345 located at 44 Pleasant Street in Rutland. 

During the extreme cold weather last winter “working with other MRC volunteers to staff a temporary shelter was an easy and rewarding way to make things a little better for my neighbors and maybe save a life.” -Dr. Benjamin Littenberg MRC Volunteer.

State of Vermont Agency of Humans Services (AHS) is continuing their contingency shelter plan from last year.  Currently approximately 500 emergency shelter beds and 250 transitional beds for Vermonters experiencing homeless are provided by AHS. When these local programs are full, the Department augments this grant-funded capacity with motel vouchers. During colder weather, AHS relaxes some eligibility criteria for motel beds through a “cold weather exception.”  When extremely cold winter weather coincides with tourism events, Vermont’s largest communities could potentially run out of both shelter, transitional and motel beds, precipitating the need for additional shelter capacity, even in the absence of a declared disaster. Therefore, requiring additional shelter(s) be set up in the higher population areas of Burlington and Rutland.

The contingency shelters do not remove or replace exist programs.  The plan may not be activated all winter or most likely just during high tourist travel weekends when motels space is limited.

The plan:

Rutland 

BROC Community Action will set-up and be the shelter manager for a 40 bed shelter at Elks Lodge #345 at Pleasant Street in Rutland.

The shelter will be supported by MRC volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign-up for one or more shifts; notified via MRC call-down as weather forecasts day(s) before.  The shifts will be approximately 1)Check-in Shift: 5pm to 11:30pm, 2)Night Shift: 11:00pm to 5:30am, 3) Check Out: 5:00am to 8:00am. More volunteers are needed during check-in and check-out. Volunteers duties will be to pass out food, check folks in & out, alert shelter manager to an issues, and assist with breakdown of shelter.

Please join us December 9th  5:30 pm  to 7:00 pm at the lodge, if you are interested in supporting the shelter for orientation to the facility and Q & A situation covering working with vulnerable populations.  If you took this training previously last winter, MRC would prefer you to re-take, so you are refreshed on duties and expectations for serving at shelter.

Hope to see you on December 9th!