Volunteer Center of East Central WI plans for disaster
The Volunteer Center of East Central WI is a member agency of the Outagamie County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). For more information about VOADs see the National VOAD website
The Volunteer Center's role in the VOAD is to organize, screen and arrange training for those citizens who come forward to help in time of an emergency. These citizens are not assigned or affiliated to other organizations in the VOAD. The term for these individuals is "spontaneous volunteers."
The member organizations of the Outagamie County VOAD are
- American Red Cross
- CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
- Fox Valley Humane Society
- Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention Disaster Relief
- Outagamie Co. Health and Human Services
- The Salvation Army, Fox Cities
- United Way Fox Cities, 2-1-1
- Volunteer Center of East Central WI/RSVP
Other agencies in support of the Outagamie Co VOAD:
- Civil Air Patrol
- Fox Valley Critical Incident Stress Management Team
- Fox Valley Humane Association
- Lutheran Social Services
- Second Harvest
- Valley Home Builders
- Valley Mounted Search and Rescue
Volunteer Reception Center for Spontaneous Volunteers
Several community partners have worked together in the planning the Volunteer Reception Center. The Center is a structure for processing volunteers that is mobile. It needs to be set up in a place that has easy access and is close but not in the midst of the disaster.
The VRC model used for our planning is one developed by Washington County VOAD and has approval at the state level. If the Outagamie Co VOAD merges with surrounding counties, this model will be replicated to meet those needs.
Our goal is to pre-register as many citizens as possible prior to a disaster so that there will be a group of volunteers will be ready to be activated when the call comes. If you would like to pre-register please print the VRC Emergency Volunteer Registration Form and return it to the Volunteer Center of East Central WI.
Become a VRC Volunteer!
The Volunteer Center is looking for people to be trained to work in the Reception Center in times of an emergency. Are you good under pressure? Do you see your self organizing volunteers more than volunteering yourself? Would you prefer paperwork to sandbagging? This might be a opportunity for you! Contact the Volunteer Center for more information on how to become a member of this group. Training and periodic simulated exercises will be planned to keep skills up-to-date.