Volunteers & Donation Management

Volunteer and Donations Management class today.

Lots of discussion was sparked by spontaneous volunteers.

While easy to handle, complex to handle without a tested and easy system to categories skills and personnel.

Additionally, lots focused on resource and supplies. A casual remark in class is that volunteers can house all kinds of stuff and be able to distribute everything accordingly.

Let me be very honest, I love people that want to help. But if you dump this task on an untrained and unfamiliar set of volunteers, it will not go smoothly. You have to train them, set them in a direction, and of course be as organized and coordinated as you can be. Make them part of your team EARLY!

So to share a perfect example of serving in disaster recovery, I’ll again share the AmeriCorps package we put together while deployed out for Hurricane Maria on the US Virgin Islands St. Thomas.

Outstanding crew to work with and solid bunch of dedicated individuals to the mission at hand. More info about AmeriCorps, click here and AmeriCorp Blue-6 (<—That team is SOLID).

A few takeaways for participants in today’s class:

  • Build relationships before an emergency.
  • Enhance capabilities and knowledge.
  • Evaluate skill sets of your volunteer workforce.
  • Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.
  • Help your neighbor.
  • Do good stuff.

Train your volunteers frequently as they should be a valuable part of our community’s recovery process.

@rusnivek

Showcasing some of the specialty teams in play for the upcoming RNC #RNCINFO

Press event yesterday morning to showcase all the equipment and teams that could be utilized and deployed out for next week’s Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland.

Cleveland Police Sgt Jen Ciaccia lead the effort that started at 0600.

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After events in Dallas, the bomb robot was of great interest to everyone.

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If you take the time to understand the technology, this is an invaluable piece of equipment to any police department.

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Some reporters wanted to try to wear the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) suits.

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NBC Nightly News Correspondent Jacob Rascon even hoped on the Mounted Unit to see what it was like to ride above the crowds.

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Nice guy.

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Don’t worry, Cleveland Police’s Mounted Unit doesn’t j-walk…

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…like you, they use the cross walk.

Bike patrol officers from across the state including Blue Ash Police and Akron Police were out running training throughout the city.

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It’s great to have so many law enforcement agencies working together to ensure safety for all participants.

Additionally, lots of pros working behind the scenes making magic happen.

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Proud to have a so many Public Information Officers (PIOs) working together in the Cleveland Joint Information Center (JIC).

Looking forward to more fun tomorrow.

And yes, it’s t-minus 3 days…

@rusnivek

Hello Blues! #BlueAngels #USN

Got a chance to spend a few with the Blue Angels.

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And yes, Fat Albert was there.

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As you may already know, the Blue Angels are my favorite performance team.

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The do a great job in highlighting and promoting other team members like all the ground support staff and technicians.

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Photo cred: USN Blue Angels

And of course Fat Albert too.

Note: Absent in the class seven aircraft lineup is Blue Angel #6 (opposing solo) – RIP Capt Kuss.

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They had some issues with the afterburners in #7 so they were doing some extra testing on the ramp. Check out the video:

Super loud huh? #awesome

Glad to see so many out there supporting the best aerial jet performance team.

@rusnivek

To the best country in the world…

To the best country in the world…Happy 4th of July everyone!

Our nation who has relentlessly fought to be the home of the brave…because every true American bleeds red, white, and blue.

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And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – President Kennedy, 1960

Let freedom ring.

@rusnivek