Volunteers can contact Pam Woolbert at (530) 275-5212 or
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North Valley Stand Down
Thank you for volunteering. The following are tips that have been gathered from past Stand Down experiences.
- Expect to have about 40 veterans per tent. Try to learn each veteran's name. One tent leader had everyone sign in as a way to help remember names. Another idea, is to write and tape each veteran's name onto their cot.
- Medications are to be turned in to the medical clinic. Make sure your veterans do this. The color of the circle on the name tag will tell you if the veteran has a medical problem and needs medication like diabetes.
- It's good to know if you have a veteran in your tent with medical problems. When you do a sign-in sheet, you may want to make notes about medical problems on that sheet.
- Know what's going on at Stand Down. Know the daily schedule; check the bulletin board for last minute changes; know when and where various providers will be. It will be important to have this knowledge to assist the veterans in navigating the event. A layout of the area and schedule will be available on site; we will try to adhere to the schedule as close as possible.
- Try to keep everyone out of the tent during the day. Be assertive, persistent, and direct. Continue to remind veterans of the services available and strongly encourage them to connect with services.
- Do whatever you can to encourage cohesion and unity throughout the Stand Down.
- Remember to be respectful, patient, and receptive: Say Thank you i.e. thank you for your service. Thank you for coming.
- Be aware/alert for situations that may need to be handled right away. Someone from the command tent is available at all times; there is also 24-hour security on site for major conflicts.
- Mediate conflicts: if there are conflicts within your tent, mediate. If you need heIp, don't hesitate ask for help or call upon Stand Down leaders (such as Dale Streetman, Jim Richards and Shannon Araiza stationed in the Command Tent).
- No drugs, alcohol, weapons, violence, or attitudes.
- Smoking is permitted in smoking areas only.
- Legal assistance will be available.
- V A Social Workers: check in with the Tent Leader to see what they need.
- Tent Leaders: utilize your V A Social Workers!
- If you're not needed at your assignment, please check in with the Volunteer Desk
- After veterans our service providers & volunteers will be called for meals.
- Remember all "goodies" i.e. clothing, bedding etc. are for homeless veterans only.
Personal Care Tips:
- Remember No Open Toe Shoes!
- Personal cell phones should be used discreetly -do not loan to anyone.
- Please do not share personal information, or take veterans home.
- Remember to wash you hands often and drink plenty of water. Keep areas tidy.
- Use Mosquito repellant
- Injuries -report to the medical personnel immediately or the command tent.
- Tents will be called by name for showers and chow time.