FREMONT – If you’ve been volunteering during the last week, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve done so out of a genuine desire to help. Tracking your volunteer hours is another way to maximize your contribution to flood recovery.
The Fremont Area Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) has been established to coordinate volunteer efforts and to help track volunteer hours. During disasters, it is vital for communities to track their volunteer hours, so those hours can be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for potential match to FEMA grants.
The VRC is currently located at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Delaney Hall, 3400 East 16th Street, Fremont, NE. Their hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
If you have not already registered at the VRC to volunteer, you are encouraged to do so. They have a systematic approach to categorizing volunteers and resources. The VRC is the most effective way to connect volunteers with those who need them. If you are in need of volunteer efforts for assistance, you may contact them at 402-253-0448. They will connect you with someone who has the ability to fulfill your needs.
If you have volunteered during this disaster outside of the VRC and have not tracked your volunteer hours through other means, you may follow the link below, fill out the form, click submit, and it will automatically go to the VRC.
For example: There were over 100 volunteers who helped fill sandbags and place them for two days. These hours were not tracked. Please consider filling out the form so those volunteer hours can be captured.