It has been just over two weeks since VacCorps got started and we just reached over 500 volunteers! Thank YOU, amazing volunteer community!! The weeks have been full with receiving volunteers, answering questions, and most importantly, having lots of key conversations.
This week I talked with DeLon Canterbury of the African American COVID Task Force and CEO of GeriatRx. By organizing at the community level, DeLon is working to increase vaccine awareness and access in historically marginalized communities in NC. As a nimble, grass roots-style volunteer organizing platform, VacCorps is uniquely poised to deploy volunteers to help small pharmacies and community centers across NC.
More big conversations occurred with various health officials about how VacCorps can be a complimentary partner to state- and institutional-level staffing. By providing vaccination support staff, healthcare providers’ time and energy can be reserved for getting vaccines into people’s arms. VacCorps volunteers are ready and eager to work as support staff in roles like checking people in, stocking supplies, cleaning surfaces, directing traffic, canvassing, etc.
Last but not least: had several technical conversations with our tech volunteer extraordinaire, Salil Pendse! Salil is responsible for the code that connects volunteers to providers based on zip code, travel radius, roles, languages and availability by weekday. VacCorps is a community effort and I could never do it alone! By-the-way, Salil is really into hiking and backpacking. Here he is hiking in our beloved Umstead Park: