The Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism
This Week we Celebrate Public Service Volunteerism!
For the week of Sept. 23, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), Walpole Medical Reserve Corps and Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford. How do public service volunteers make an impact?
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" – Kathi Garvin Kathi GarvinVolunteer, Walpole Medical Reserve Corps
- Improve health literacy
- Promote disease prevention
- Enhance public health preparedness
- Neighbors help neighbors
- Being better prepared during emergencies for yourself, family and community
- Giving back to your community that you live and/or work in
- Helping those that cannot help themselves in a natural or manmade disaster
- Community beautification projects not only are attractive but help instill a sense of community spirit and pride
Kathi has been an invaluable volunteer member of Walpole's Medical Reserve Corp's steering committee. She has played a big role at the Walpole Public School yearly flu clinics, and was the key to handling needs for dispensing vaccinations during the H1N1 (swine flu) crises. Kathi has volunteered to serve the public through teaching CPR and AED training to Walpole Medical Reserve Corp members, also making her classes open to the community. Her advice, insight and experience as the nurse manager for Walpole Public Schools has been a tremendous asset to the organization and has resulted in keeping numerous members of the community safe and healthy. What public service volunteer opportunities can I pursue? CERT
- Help set-up and operate shelters when residents may need to be evacuated due to natural and/or manmade disasters
- Assisting police and fire departments when an incident overwhelms their resources
- Assisting at emergency vaccine dispensing sites
- Assessing damage of buildings after a natural or manmade disaster
- Taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in the community
*To volunteer for CERT go to http://www.walpole-ma.gov/Cert.html The Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford, Inc.
- Garden Therapy – Assist residents of the Geriatric Authority of Milford in seasonal arrangements and plantings
- Junior Gardeners – Encourage and assist Milford school children in after school activities, including birds, conservation, floral arranging, wildlife and composting/recycling.
- Community Garden Projects – work on planting and arranging seasonal displays throughout Milford, including downtown planters, traffic islands, and perennial garden at the Milford Library.
All members of the Greenleaf Garden Club are expected to help with at least one of our activities. For membership information, please contact Membership Chair Jean DeLuzio at 508-473-7790 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Walpole Medical Reserve Corps
- Yearly Flu clinics
- Emergency sheltering
- Let’s Move Walpole campaign
To volunteer for the Walpole Medical Reserve Corps, please call the Board of Health office at 508-660-7321 of stop by the Walpole Board of Health office at Town Hall. Medical Reserve Corps members are offered free training. The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with CERT, the Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford, Inc. and Walpole Medial Reserve Corps for "Public Service Volunteerism Week." CERT
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people during an emergency. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference in their neighborhoods and community. The goal of Walpole CERT is to train citizens in the following areas: disaster preparedness; disaster fire suppression; Disaster medical operations; and light search and rescue so that they can provide the greatest good to the greatest number of citizens and business in the Town of Walpole during an emergency. Walpole Medial Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address in which he asked Americans to volunteer in support of their country. MRC units were subsequently formed in communities across the country. These units are comprised of volunteers from all walks of life who offer vital support to bolster public health by supplementing existing local resources. The Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford, Inc.
The Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford, Inc. aims to promote the knowledge and love of gardening, floral design, and civic development in the community of Milford, Mass.