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Douglas County Medical Reserve Corps seeking help for drive-thru flu clinic

September 25, 2011

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Agency: Douglas County Medical Reserve Corps

Contact: Charlie Bryan at 785-856-7357 or cbryan@ldchealth.org

The Douglas County Medical Reserve Corps is in need of several volunteers, including medical professionals, for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s drive-thru flu clinic Oct. 8. Volunteer positions include nurses, pharmacists and physicians licensed in Kansas and experienced with administering vaccinations, as well as registration facilitators, eligibility screeners, interpreters and more. The clinic will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Park and Ride lot located on Kansas University’s West Campus at Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street. It is intended to test local public health emergency response plans. Volunteers will receive the required training the day of the event. For more details or to sign up to help, contact Charlie Bryan at 785-856-7357 or cbryan@ldchealth.org.

Immediate needs

• The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is gearing up for Make a Difference Day on Oct. 22. The volunteer center is coordinating more than 15 projects throughout Lawrence and Douglas County at a variety of agencies. Make a Difference Day was created by USA Weekend in 1992 and soon grew into the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day. This is a great opportunity to gather your family, friends, co-workers, congregants and civic groups and go volunteer for a few hours at one of the many projects available. Volunteers are needed to spruce up local school grounds, collect cans at the KU football game, help vulnerable residents with home-improvement projects and much more. To register, visit volunteerdouglascounty.org or contact Shannon Reid at 785-865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org.

• Project LIVELY, a program of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, is in need of one or two volunteers to clean out gutters for an elderly client. This project wouldn’t take long and would be very helpful for a senior community member in need. If you’re interested in fulfilling this need, times are flexible and can be arranged through Project LIVELY by contacting Sarah Norman at 785-856-5352 or snorman@ldchealth.org.

• The Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Women Build Committee is looking for volunteers to help with its benefit luncheon Oct. 7. Approximately 30 volunteers are needed to assist with setup, registration, serving food, auctioneering and cleaning up the event; different tasks will need to be completed throughout the day at different times. For more specific details, contact Mana Uchida at 785-832-0777 or vista@lawrencehabitat.org.

• The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center is still in need of about 100 volunteers for its upcoming Bert Nash Dash and Bash on Oct. 9. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including setup, registration, course marshaling, staffing the Kids Zone, cleanup and more. There are various shifts available throughout the day, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Matt Little at mlittle@bertnash.org or Cindy Hart at 785-830-1701 for more specific details and to sign up.

— For more volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Reid at the United Way’s Roger Hill Volunteer Center, at 785-865-5030 or volunteer@rhvc.org, or go to volunteerdouglascounty.org.

Comments

Charlie Bryan 3 years, 3 months ago

Just to clarify, the drive-through flu clinic opens to the public at 9 a.m. (not 8 a.m.) and will close when all 500 doses are given. Volunteers need to register with the health department in advance and would begin their shift at 8 a.m. This drive-through flu clinic is being conducted to test our community's public health emergency response plans, and funding is available this year to cover the cost of the 500 doses so there is no charge for getting the vaccination during the exercise.

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