Vaccine event volunteers encouraging others to lend a helping hand

Volunteering to help with vaccine distribution in the Charlotte area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -You’ve seen them, and you’ve met them - hundreds of volunteers lending a helping hand at several mass vaccination events.

Just three weeks ago Julia Versteegh was volunteering at Bank of America Stadium - now she’s in Midland, Texas helping others get their vaccine.

“When we were in Charlotte we tried to make it a little more fun, we had fun with the crowd and I’m really looking forward to going back at the end of the month,” Versteegh said.

Versteegh has been volunteering with Team Rubicon for the last nine months, helping with tornado and hurricane clean up. Now she’s traveling the country helping at vaccine clinics with traffic support.

“COVID-19 is a worldwide event and to be helping across America to get people vaccinated it’s so important to everybody and they are so excited to be here,” she said.

JJ Briceno spent hours volunteering at the Spectrum Center last weekend with his organization New Age Flag Football.

He says he didn’t let his lack of medical experience stop him and says every role plays a part.

“If it weren’t for the number of volunteers that they had I can definitely see how it would be difficult for those patients to get in, get a shot and leave in a timely manner,” Briceno said.

Mecklenburg County is continuing its vaccine efforts at Bojangles Coliseum.

The county says they are always looking for volunteers in clinical roles like pharmacists, nurses, MDs, physicians, and doctors but also need people in non-clinical roles like traffic control.

Both Versteegh and Briceno say they’d be more than happy to serve in any capacity they can at upcoming clinics and are encouraging others to do the same.

“They need the help and if you’re able to do it I would definitely encourage you to go out and get involved,” Briceno said.

Mecklenburg County is accepting volunteers for clinical and non-clinical roles. If you’re interested in helping, contact MeckCVMS@mecknc.gov.

Atrium Health says they are welcoming cash donations and are currently in need of inclement weather gear plus meals and drinks for workers. For more information on how your organization can help contact CommunityBenefit@AtriumHealth.org.

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