Volunteers urgently needed, March 31, 2019

Volunteers Urgently Needed.

31 March 2020


Two groups of volunteers are urgently needed: first, a group of volunteers to help out at Elizabeth House; second, a group of volunteers to collect material for or sew/assemble face masks for local medical facilities.

Elizabeth House

If you are not in one of the CDC at-risk categories and would be willing to help out at Elizabeth House, please let us know and we’ll pass the names to Ellie Ramsay, OSLC Mission Lead for Elizabeth House.

CDC at-risk populations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html

Request from Nancy Olsen and Ellie Ramsay:

Hi Dave, I am asking your help in finding 4 volunteers to serve at Elizabeth House on Tuesday, April 7. We need 2 at 4:00 and 2 at 6:00. This is an on going commitment to the community that OSLC needs to fulfill.

Unfortunately the regular volunteers are in the CDC at-risk population and cannot come in. I will come in for the 4:00 shift to organize the cooking and making lunches. We are expecting 40 dinners who will do pickup only. The early shift be gone before clients arrive. The 6:00 shift will box the dinners, put them on a table at the front door where one client at a time will pick up a dinner and bagged lunch one at a time. The volunteers will stand well back.

It would be a big help if you could ask for volunteers via the group email you are using.
Thanks.” Nancy Olsen

…Keeping Elizabeth House open is considered a necessity, and the State of Maryland Office of Emergency Operations has provided a letter called a “Volunteer Travel Letter” which will be provided to everyone who might be traveling as a volunteer or might be questioned. Our Savior has assisted many times and I hope that at a time like this we can again be counted on to serve the needy…” Ellie Ramsay

Home-made Masks

If you are in possession of material from which home-made masks can be assembled, or have sewing skills and are willing to help make them, please let us know and we’ll pass the names to the OSLC Mission Lead for this activity. Information on materials for, and how to assemble face masks:

University of Maryland: https://www.umms.org/capital/coronavirus/how-you-can-help/masks

Forbes How-To: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2020/03/20/calling-all-people-who-sew-and-make-you-can-help-solve-2020-n95-type-mask-shortage/

Several people have already responded to the previous request for volunteers and we thank you for being available. For those who have previously responded, please let us know if either of these opportunities are something to which you feel called.

Please send all responses back to: DisasterResponse@oslclaurel.org

Dave McGuffey

OSLC Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Coordinator


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