BOULDER COUNTY VOAD
QUARTERLY MEETING #3
17 July 2018 / 3:00 PM / VALMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Joycelyn Fankhouser (Boulder County HHS & ESF 6 Lead), Joan Cernich (Red Cross), Richard Brandon (Mountain Health Collaborative), Mary Eldred (Boulder County Community Services & ESF 19), Joyce Glazier (PDA, VOAD Officer At-Large), Chris Current (Nederland Food Pantry), Justin Bukartek (OEM), Karen Steele (Broomfield FISH, Broomfield VOAD), Lisa Nelson (Center for People with Disabilities)
VOAD Volunteers and Credentialing/Visible ID
- Ensures community knows who affiliated volunteers are
- Helps first responders ID affiliated volunteers and let them through lines
- A must to track who is going where
- Must have when going on personal property
- Not every org holds volunteers to the same standards
- Need infrastructure to maintain credentials
- What does each organization require for volunteers
- Who pays to get volunteers qualified?
- May be cost prohibitive if many people need IDs – continual turnover
What level of vetting is appropriate for VOAD volunteers?
VOAD will onlly be able to use volunteers according to vetting and credentialing and training
Could have county specific badge for everyone
Background checks (Colorado state, volunteer mobilizer)
Skills training done by organization specific to them
Depends on the task
What would help with recruiting, identifying, vetting volunteers?
Identify team leads who would be willing to get additional training
Could have different skill tracks – additional vetting for certain jobs
Senior volunteers could be badged and vouch for less experienced on the crew
Maintain list of prevetted volunteers from different orgs
Have tiers of vettedness
Options for Badging
Organization identifier (Lanyard, shirt, etc. that has name of org)
Name tags – identifies Just In Time trainees
Preprinted to lend credibility
Next BoCo VOAD Meeting
Tuesday, October 16th from 3:00 to 5:00. Location TBD
Topic: VOAD elections
The VOAD is looking to expand membership to make sure we are covering needs and different communities around the county. Think about the following questions and send your responses along to Tiernan and Craig: Who should be a part of VOAD? Who hasn’t been attending meetings and should be? What connections do you have that would be of use for the Boulder County VOAD?
Would anyone be willing to be a VOAD liaison? This position is the front line of contact during an emergency and helps to coordinate communication between VOAD officers and Boulder County HHS. Contact Tiernan if you have even the slightest bit of interest (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What volunteer opportunities exist in your organization? What skill sets are you looking for? If there are specific gaps in your volunteer pool or needs that you have then please send that information to Craig. He is working on increasing connections between VOAD members.