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Jackson-Feild Hosts Bible School

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services hosts quarterly Bible Schools each year. Led by our full-time chaplain Rev. Dr. Robin Jones, residents are encouraged, but not required, to participate. 

Jones selects a theme for each week-long session, and conducts daily activities that encourage residents to embark on their spiritual journey.  Her goal is to help children make sense of their experiences and help them understand and, hopefully accept, God’s saving grace.

An important part of Jackson-Feild’s Bible School is the service component. Residents make items and donate them to help others.  Prior recipients have been our military serving overseas, victims of natural disasters and residents at senior centers.

During this recent session of Bible School, the Jackson-Feild boys and girls made “silly socks” which will be given to residents of local nursing homes.  The children had a great time decorating the socks and are pleased to have had a hand in helping others.

How to Volunteer and Donate Responsibly to Support Hurricane Harvey Survivors

When natural or human-caused disasters strike, people look for ways to help survivors.

As we struggle to find ways to help our fellow human beings, we must weigh our options, and our feelings, carefully.

Before heading to a disaster area, consider the complexities of the situation. To make the most of your efforts and assist impacted communities best, consider these tips for donating and volunteering responsibly:

Cash is the fastest way to assist disaster survivors. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources.

  • Many charities specialize in providing relief in disaster areas, yet they face significant financial barriers to getting their staff, equipment, and supplies into impacted areas.
  • Donations helps put experienced disaster responders on the ground, and gives them the tools they need to help survivors recover.
  • Organizations typically prefer cash donations because they allow organizations to:
    • Purchase food, water, medicine, and equipment from secure and familiar supply chains
    • Buy materials locally — which can help rebuild the local economy
    • Conserve resources — money is always necessary and cheap to send, but the cost to ship material supplies can be expensive.
      • Remember, material supplies such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable food require helping agencies to redirect volunteer labor away from providing direct one-on-one assistance to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
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Donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate in order to help disaster survivors.

If you’d like to donate to assist those affected by disaster, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.nvoad.org) is the best place to start.

Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area.Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained and supported to respond in the most effective way.

  • The impulse to help when others who are suffering is commendable.  However, volunteering inside a disaster area can be dangerous, stressful work in extreme environments.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to assist those affected by disaster, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.nvoad.org) is the best place to start

Do not self deploy. Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.

  • Be sure to affiliate with existing voluntary organization before coming to the disaster area, and that organization has been asked to respond.  
  • Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.
  • Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.

Be patient.  Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention.

  • There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Announces July Employee of the Month

Emporia, VA – Christina Pope has been named the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SVRMC) Employee of the Month for July 2017. Ms. Pope, who works in SVRMC’s Surgical Services Department, has been employed at SVRMC since May 2007.

Each month employees are nominated for demonstrating excellence in one of ten Standards of Behavior; the highlighted Standard of the Month for July was Safety Awareness.  Ms. Pope’s nomination included the following statement:  “Christina speaks up for safety and encourages others to do the same; she follows up to ensure that safety issues have been addressed and resolved. The safety of our patients, staff, and facility are of high importance to Christina. She is well deserving of the July Employee of the Month for the ‘Safety Awareness’ standard.”

As SVRMC’s July Employee of the Month, Ms. Pope received a certificate of recognition, balloons,  cookies to share with her co-workers, a cash award, and a chance to be selected as SVRMC’s 2017 Employee of the Year.

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