Marshfield Area United Way





Volunteer Reception Center Training in March


When disaster strikes many organizations are quick to respond. Fire, police, and other emergency services are the first to arrive and provide vital services to help people and communities affected by the disaster. The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet.

Significant disasters often bring individuals, sometimes from all over the country, to communities affected to offer their assistance. A Disaster Volunteer Reception Center organizes and screens these ‘spontaneous’ volunteers and disperses them throughout the disaster area to help rebuild these communities.

Marshfield Area United Way is looking for participants to attend Disaster Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Training this coming March.  The training is a two-day commitment that will take place on March 5, 2013, from 5:00pm – 9:00pm and March 7, 2013, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Mid-State Technical College, room 126. The trainings are designed to teach participants how to screen and orient spontaneous volunteers when a disaster strikes.  Upon completion, participants will be asked to become part of a Disaster Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) team that will be mobilized after a disaster occurs. 

This training is at no cost to the participants and is part of the “Wisconsin Emergency Volunteer Management Project” grant funded by the Department of Homeland Security.  The purpose is to provide five program elements at the county level to increase county capacity to effectively involve volunteers in emergency response:

1.            Basic training on volunteer management and emergency volunteer
2.            Coalition building with county coalitions.
3.            Managing the WeVolunteer state registry for volunteering (located at
4.            Resources on volunteer management and emergency volunteer management.
5.            Help during an emergency.

Dinner will be provided on the evening of March 5, 2013, and snacks will be provided on the evening of March 7, 2013.  Please RSVP to Marshfield Area United Way by February 25, 2013.  You can RSVP by calling 715-384-9992 or by sending an email to  Please visit for more information or to download a flier.  Special thanks to Mid-State Technical College for hosting our training.