Current MRC Volunteers
MRC Volunteer Help Needed
WCPHE Environmental Center Re-Use Free Product Room
We’re looking for MRC volunteers; do-it yourselfers, hobbyists or anyone interested in the environment. The Washington County Environmental Center in Woodbury provides expanded space for a Re-Use Free Product Room. This is a great feature of the facility where community members may select free products for their own use; household chemicals; cleaners, solvents, paints, lawn care products, etc. This diverts harmful chemicals from the environment while decreasing disposal and consumer costs. Reduce – Re-Use – Recycle!
MRC Volunteer support is requested on Saturday mornings from 8:45a.m. – 12 noon. We are asking you to consider a recurrent shift; every week, bi-monthly, monthly or once a quarter. Volunteers will be responsible for a guest count and required paper work for each guest who visits. Typically the room is quite busy initially and then settles into a quieter pace, so volunteers are invited to bring a book or hand crafts that can be enjoyed but set aside as guest numbers demand. If volunteer response allows I’d like to try to schedule two volunteers when possible, a little company so you can step away from the reception tasks as needed through the shift. No advance training is required; your MRC badge is not required, though if you have it you should be identified by your badge or you MRC fanny pack. Tasks will include the paperwork and guest count mentioned above as well as interacting with the guests to help them locate the items they might be seeking and some light sorting and reorganizing to keep the shelves in order. Benefits to the volunteer include that wonderful intangible of knowing you are offering your time to support better environmental choices, additionally you may be looking for products yourself and will have first look and some opportunity to request that Environmental Center staff might keep an eye out for certain products or paint colors etc. View the Recycle Center here Please contact me if you are interested in this opportunity and can offer your help. An introduction for volunteers who are signing up to assist with this task has been scheduled for Saturday November 5, 9:30-11:30a.m. at the Washington County Environmental Center
News & Updates
November 9, 1:00 p.m. - National Test of the Emergency Alert System. Watch this video to learn more about this test.
Community Thread Volunteer Newsletter November 2011
Community Thread Volunteer newsletter October 2011
Washington County Public Health Newsletter, October 2011
Community Thread volunteer newsletter September 2011
Community Thread volunteer newsletter, August 2011
Washington County Public Health newsletter, July 2011
Community Thread volunteer newsletter, July 2011
Community Thread volunteer newsletter, June 2011
Training for Current MRC Volunteers
The purpose of continuing MRC training is to equip MRC volunteers with knowledge and skills to respond in a public health emergency, and to retain MRC volunteers by providing engaging opportunities related to preparedness, response and recovery. Towards these ends, six specific training classes have been developed that address a standard set of core competencies.
Current Training Opportunities
Psychological First Aid, Wednesday November 9, 6:00-8:30.
Core Competencies Courses
- Personal and Family Preparedness
- National Incident Management System (NIMS 700.a)
- Incident Command System (ICS of NIMS 100)
- Mass Dispensing Sites
- Public Health Emergencies and Responses
- Psychological First Aid
To confirm your interest in remaining an MRC volunteer, open the update questionnaire save to your computer, complete the questionnaire and return to me as an email attachment. Or simply email me and ask that your name be kept on the list.