Bio-Defense Network has worked successfully with several communities on various aspects of volunteer recruitment and management.
- Dallas County – MRC Volunteer Recruitment – Following the successful recruitment of new Closed POD hosts, Dallas County expanded Bio-Defense Network’s responsibilities in 2014 to include volunteer recruitment for its Medical Reserve Corp. Our recruitment goal is 1,000 new MRC volunteers between January 1 and August 31, 2014.
- Maricopa County – Volunteer Reception Centers – Bio-Defense Network assisted the county in writing a Volunteer Reception Center plan and identifying and recruiting several locations to serve as VRCs during an activation that would require a large number of volunteers to be processed and assigned.
Supporting volunteerism is a core foundation of Bio-Defense Network. Dolgin and Reddick are two of the founders of PandemicPrep.Org, a non-profit grass roots organization in St. Louis that provides education on pandemic and bio-terrorism preparedness. PandemicPrep.Org has conducted three to four educational forums every year since its inception in 2006. Every session is free and open to the public. More than 1,200 people have attended one or more of its forums and have benefitted from the information provided there. Dolgin and Reddick remain on the non-profit’s executive committee.
Dolgin and Reddick also are affiliated with the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, and took leading volunteer roles in the creation of a Closed POD for the university. An innovative approach taken there was the involvement of the University’s School of Nursing, which has established a Closed POD training session within the regular nursing curriculum, meaning a steady flow of dispensers will be trained to staff the Closed POD.