COVID-19: How you can help
We will be posting information here about ways that patrollers, alumni and hosts can help with the effort to fight COVID-19. If you know of opportunities for patrollers to assist in local and national efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to know what is already happening in your Division, please reach out to your Division Director.
MEDCOR, Inc. is hiring nationwide for COVID-19 screening positions
Medcor operates telephonic triage, telemedicine, worksite health and wellness solutions and other health and wellness services. They are now offering COVID-19 screening solutions for clients, and they are actively recruiting and hiring for two specific paid COVID-19 screening positions: COVID-19 Telephonic Call Screener, and Onsite COVID-19 Screener. Click here to read a letter from Eric Robinson, MEDCOR’s Executive Vice President of Operations and a patroller at Mt. Rose, located in the Reno-Tahoe area.
Gogglesfordocs.com gathering new or used ski googles to protect health care providers, hosting virtual Apres Ski events
You can see a news story related to how health care providers are using ski goggles and other supplies to close a gap in protective supplies here. To make sure your goggles get to a hospital that needs them, visit www.gogglesfordocs.com and follow the directions to get your goggles where they are needed. You can also tune in for a virtual Apres Ski Music Series to enjoy music and donate. You can find out more and tune in to the livestreams at facebook.com/reverb.
Donate unused medical supplies to local providers
If your patrol has unused medical supplies — especially gloves and masks — please coordinate with your area management (the owner of your supplies) to get permission to donate them to hospitals and other facilities responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The dedicated website — getusppe.org — can direct you to facilities in your area that need supplies, and how to get them where they are needed. If you don’t see a listing for your area, contact local hospitals and medical centers to determine their specific needs before you deliver any supplies.
State of Vermont seeks help from patrollers
From the Vermont Agency of Human Services: Vermont’s ski patrols have unique skills and experience that can help meet the unique health challenges we are now facing. This is the important message I want to get out to Vermont ski patrols—
- COVID-19 is here and Vermont needs your help.
- If you already have a relationship with a local hospital, home health or long-term care facility please reach out and see if they need your help.
- If you don’t have a relationship or they don’t need your help, please sign up with the Medical Reserve Corps. This is true even if you are retired or have a lapsed license or certification.
- The Medical Reserve Corps will serve as a central clearinghouse to match vital needs in Vermont with willing volunteers.
- Anyone can volunteer to help with Vermont’s COVID-19 response: https://www.vermont.gov/volunteer
- With all Vemonters working together for each other—we will get through this.
Illinois is looking for medically trained individuals to join the fight.
By registering with Illinois Helps (https://illinoishelps.net/), an Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP), you can be part of an alert system and respond if available, when activated, to a significant disaster or public health emergency.
Individuals that register here may be potentially contacted to work in a hospital surge or alternative housing setting. If you are not a medical professional, you can find other volunteer opportunities at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.
State of New York seeking qualified health professionals
From New York’s COVID 19 Task Force:
We value the partnership of the National Ski Patrol and are asking for your assistance to distribute the following website and survey link (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/health-professional-survey) to your New York State associated members. During this crisis we need to engage everyone available in our healthcare community to help. If you have additional recommendations for contacting and engaging the healthcare community please reach out to us at COVID19workforce@health.ny.gov. You can also download a letter from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office here: COVID 19 Health Care Professional Letter
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises approximately 180,000 volunteers in roughly 860 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories. To learn more about MRC and how to volunteer, please click here.
CU Denver -Anschutz Medical center (Colorado ) is collecting supplies March 23 – 27, 10:00 a.m. – noon. You can donate PPE items at the loading dock for the Research II building. See campus map with drop-off locations here. If you have questions about these or other needed items, email suppliesforCOVID@cuanschutz.edu.
State of Colorado – Volunteer Opportunities and Application
If you are interested in volunteering in Colorado, you will need to complete this form to register. It asks you to provide information about the skills you have to offer.
Centura Health — Immediate Openings (Colorado and Western Kansas)
Centura Health has immediate openings for temporary part time positions to meet the needs of our staff, their families and our communities in response to the COVID-19 health care demand. (Needs listed include RNs, Respiratory Therapists, CNAs, Medical Assistants, Imaging Techs, EMTs, Paramedics – Applicable Education/Licenses/Certifications required) If you have been impacted by a work closure or are looking to help anyway you can, please apply to this position. A recruiter will get in touch with you as soon as possible. For more information and to apply, click here.
Mesa County Health Department (Colorado)
The Mesa County Health Department is looking for volunteers to help with COVID-19 testing. If you are interested in volunteering for this, you can contact Kelsey Fife (970.201.8391) via text or call. She will ask some questions about your medical training, ability to speak Spanish, risk factors, and contact information so she can add you to a list she is collecting.
Call for Health Care Worker Volunteers (North Carolina)
North Carolina has built a medical response capability through our state’s Health Care Coalitions (HCCs) that can augment all levels of care to citizens affected by a disaster event. The capability includes medical supplies and equipment, as well as volunteer health care and medical professionals who are willing to deploy to affected areas or facilities to provide patient care. This response is provided through the State Medical Response System(SMRS),which recruits and manages volunteers in the following areas:
•Clinical (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
•Clinical Support (pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care)
•Non-clinical support (facility maintenance, safety, and administrative)
If you are able to volunteer, please register though the NC Training, Exercise, and Response Management System (NC TERMS). That system can be accessed through: https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/.