Volunteer Opportunities

Ready Raccoon with Tyler Heinemann from our Hubs team and Roxanne Corff, Medical Surge team chair

The Bainbridge Prepares initiative is a unique combination of agency- and citizen-led teams, working in collaboration to make our island community more resilient. Our journey to become the most prepared town in Washington state will only be successful with widespread citizen involvement and leadership. Please take a quick look through the list of Bainbridge Prepares teams below; we’d love to have you!

Should you be interested in learning more and volunteering with one of the citizen-led teams, please directly contact the team leadership as noted below the organizational chart:

Community Outreach: This team is focused on outbound communication with citizens across all aspects of the island via web, social, events, training, and more. Operating from a place of love – not fear – this team moves citizens through the stages of awareness towards action. Team: Jan Carey (retired Department of Justice, Homeland Security, FEMA), Allen Elliott (Information Technology, WFR), Danie Chang (retired Air Force logistics), Loren Bast (tech startup and media veteran from the Seattle Times), Stephanie Bell (social media guru), and Leslie Marshall (RN, PhD, professor emerita). Jason Zimmerman from our training partner Empact Northwest is also involved and Rob Dalton (Executive Creative Director) advises this team.

Hubs (shelter system): Hubs provide the following limited services for a limited duration after a wide-scale disaster: information, shelter, food/water, medical care, and psychological care. Hubs have a formal relationship with COBI and are staffed by Bainbridge Prepares volunteers. Team includes: Russ Berg (entrepreneur, CERT, WFR), Dan Bacon (retired Navy), Maradel Gale (CERT, Sustainable Bainbridge), Andrea Chymiy (family medicine physician with extensive urgent care and public health experience and a great blogger), Stacy Austin (project manager), and Tyler Heinemann (Ham operator, WFR).

Psychological First Aid: This team leads trainings for citizens that show how we can ALL lend important emotional support to friends and neighbors in times of crisis. Led by Anne Smith  (Psychotherapy Guild) and Britt Gonsoulin (MD, MPH). Also includes Susan James (MSW, LICSW).

Child Safety and Family Reunification: This extensive team is creating the 24/7 strategic care plan for our children so that no matter the time of day the incident happens, we all know the best actions to take. Led by Kari Murphy (Girl Scouts) and Susie Burdick (KidiMu). Also includes Derrick Capdeville (Boys & Girls Club), Trish King (Island School), Sonja Ross (Island Cooperative Preschool), Jen Kochenash (Odyssey parent), Dr. Jeff McCormick (BISD), Doug Slingerland (Parks & Rec), Maryanne DeSimone (retired educator), Mike McCloud (BHS Paraeducator and BIESPA President), and Kathy Haskin (Peacock Family Services).

Domestic Animal Care: Considering the needs of our furry and feathered friends, this team is working with island veterinarians and animal professionals to create the 24/7 strategic care plan for our domestic animals. Team is led by Diana George (PAWS) with Lisa Horn (West Sound Wildlife Shelter), Eric Stevens (Humane Society), Mindy Anderson (Aunty Min’s), Natalie Smith (Humane Society), and Dr. Liz Greenlees and Dr. Bob Harrington.

Wellness: Caring for the caregivers! This team focuses professional caregivers on providing support for the first responders, Hubs staff, and other emergency workers in the aftermath of the incident. Led by the all-star cast of Dr. Julie Rosenblatt, Bajda Welty (MS, EAMP, LMP), Colleen Huck (IBCLC), and Susan James (MSW, LICSW).

Vulnerable Populations: With a special focus on populations like our beloved elders, low income, people with disabilities, homeless, and more, team leads Rita Elsberry (Island Volunteer Caregivers), Paul Stumme-Diers (Bethany Lutheran, Interfaith Council), Phedra Elliott (Housing Resources Bainbridge), Myra Howrey (Helpline House), and Ray Strazdin (CERT, IVC) would welcome volunteers.

Community Connectivity: Centered on leveraging ham radio technology – since most other forms of digital communication will be suddenly cut off – several members of our Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club (BARC) are thinking through how we best facilitate communications on and off the island. Team includes Tyler Heinemann (BARC President, WFR, AF7BO), Dean Alexander (Ham operator KK6DMA, Coast Guard Auxillary), and Dana Hanford, Jr. (BARC VP & Chief Operator, KC7SDD) are leading this team .

Medical Surge: This team is working though the enormous task of sorting out legal, logistical, and (of course) medical implications of how our island’s medical facilities best plan to address a widespread natural disaster. Led by the dynamo known as Roxanne Corff, RN. Also includes Dr. David Cowan (MD), Linda Shadwell (RN), Karla Mather (RN), Helen Jung (pharmacist), Wendy Jones (RN), Elliott Green (engineer, logistics), Phil Fergusson (retired pharmacist), Ken Warman (GIS mapping), and Dr. Danielle Cheung (MD). The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) team leads are Sarah Lane and Christina Aitchison.

Interpretation (LEP): Providing interpretative services at the Hubs and other emergency locations for our medical and logistical staff. Team leads: Elizabeth Ozimek and Will Perkins.

Food Resilience: Led by Heather Burger (Friends of the Farms) and Maria Metzler (Helpline House), this team is focused on creating a collaborative community-wide network to grow the maximum amount of food on the island possible, preserving and sharing it in good times and emergency times. Think farms + food bank = food security. Includes Mark Arvidson (Army (Retired) – Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness), Christian Berg (COBI Water Resources Technician), Christy Carr (COBI Natural Resource Planner), Leslee Dixon (food consultant), and Ann Lovejoy (public/private sustainable gardening educator).

Spontaneous Volunteers: Creating a system to organize and pre-screen volunteers arriving after the incident occurs. Team includes Tom McCloskey and Jim Hopper (Bainbridge Community Foundation).

Strategic Partnerships: Identifying and creating formal ties with COBI for strategic organizations on the island. Tom McCloskey and Terry Kirby (Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island).

Continuity: The survival and recovery of your organization after a natural disaster is crucial to the rebuilding of our economy. Make your plans now with the help of Tom McCloskey, Jerri Lane (Bainbridge Island Downtown Association) and Rex Oliver (Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce).

Flotilla: Yes, we really are an island. All boat owners interested in loaning their vessel and piloting skills to the community in the aftermath of a large natural disaster, please contact Tami Allen (Harbormaster).

CERT: FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members learn how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards and help organize basic disaster response. Team lead is Gregg Watts (CERT, WFR).

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