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Train and Serve with Disaster Response

Posted: 3/3/21 at 12:30pm. Written by Kristen Curtis.

This year, COVID-19 has presented us with challenges and opportunities for training and serving with Disaster Response. For at least the next month and possibly longer, we are partnering with Henrico County to serve our community by cooking two meals a day out of one of our mobile feeding units–feeding the medical and support staff members who are administering COVID-19 vaccinations at the Richmond Raceway. This is a perfect opportunity to find out what Disaster Response mass feeding is all about.

You can train online and try ministry without having to travel out of state or “jump into the deep end” of a typical response (where we usually serve 1,500-3,000 meals a day). You can take the online Introduction to Disaster Response and Introduction to Mass Feeding here (be sure to take both courses). The “hands on” portion of your training happens at the raceway as you serve (masks and physical distancing as much as possible are required to mitigate COVID-19 risks in our outdoor mobile kitchen).

You can register here to serve for one day or for a week at a time. Housing is provided free of charge to out of town volunteers at Mechanicsville Baptist Church (private rooms are available for each household).  Crisis Care Team volunteers have also been serving alongside our feeding team to care for the emotional and spiritual needs of vaccination staff members and those receiving vaccines, many of whom have been very isolated this year. If you are interested in training to serve with this team, a Zoom-based, six-week course will be on Tuesdays from noon until 2:00 pm beginning April 20 and ending May 25.  Registration for this course will open soon.

Contact Kristen Curtis at Kristen.curtis@bgav.org for more information about training for Mass Feeding or for Crisis Care. Questions about serving on site at the Richmond Raceway should be directed to Mikayla Barnes at Mikayla.Barnes@bgav.org.