‘Thank You’ signs show appreciation for VDH staff, volunteers
ROANOKE, Va. – After a year of hard work, long days, and countless hours fighting this pandemic, local cities and first responders are saying “thank you” to the Virginia Department of Health and countless volunteers who are doing their part. City officials and first responders from across the Roanoke Valley made signs as a way to show their appreciation. They’ve been patient with the community and they have done an extraordinary job. It’s a huge undertaking,” said Trevor Shannon, the Battalion chief of Emergency Management for Roanoke Fire-EMS. Signs are posted all over the Roanoke & Alleghany Health District, including in Salem, Botetourt County, Alleghany County, Craig County, and Roanoke County.
A Pilsen basement turned into a warming space is a ‘blessing’ for homeless neighbors during frigid weather, but more help is needed
Through at least Sunday, the basement will be used as a warming space from 5 to 9 p.m. with a capacity for nine people. Volunteers to spread the word, pick up homeless people and donations of essentials are still needed, said Morales. When the spaces closes, volunteers help the men find somewhere to spend the night. They open their homes, drive them to shelters or work with other nonprofits to get them a hotel room.chicagotribune.com
Pittsylvania/Danville Health District hit COVID-19 vaccine distribution challenges
Pittsylvania/Danville Health District Director Scott Spillman said after talking to the governor’s office they may receive an extra 15% of vaccines next week. “I told the person last night I am going to talk to them every single day until we get more vaccines,” Spillman said. AdWith phone systems crashing in the past and low internet accessibility, Sovah Health now has a team going door to door to register people on their iPads. With communities of color more at risk, Sovah Health is reaching out to community leaders to spread the word. “We noticed there was a lack of balance there and that’s why we reached out to folks this time around to get to the ground level,” Sovah Health Danville Chief Operating Officer John Kent said.
Vaccine trial participants who received placebo now hop the line for the real thing from Pfizer, Moderna
Levin, 37, said he expected that, if the experimental vaccine turned out to be safe and effective, the trials would follow a protocol known as blinded crossover, endorsed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, among other experts, in which all volunteers come back for a second round of shots. Those who got the placebo get the vaccine, and those who got the vaccine get the saline solution — but everyone remains blinded.chicagotribune.com
Army takes Liberty Bowl spot left by Tennessee’s withdrawal
When that bowl game was called off because there was not another team available, it suddenly left Army looking for a postseason opponent. A spot in the Liberty Bowl became available Monday when Tennessee became the first team to back out since bowl berths were announced. The change to its Liberty Bowl opponent was no problem for West Virginia (5-4). “Our team deserves to be in a bowl and so does the 9-2 Army squad,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said. Frankly, I think we were stunned to find out the opportunity would be in a bowl like the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Southwest Virginia Red Cross recognizes volunteers hard work over the past year
ROANOKE, Va. – On Tuesday night American Red Cross volunteers in Roanoke were honored for their tireless dedication to the community. These volunteers have been manning blood drives, responding to natural disasters and helping in little ways too. Jackie Grant is the executive director of the local Red Cross Chapter and said sometimes recognition just can’t wait until next year. Many of the volunteers received awards for their service. All they had to do was open their cars and awards were put right in their back seats.
Peace Corps volunteers claim retaliation for reporting sexual assaults
CBS News has obtained evidence that the Peace Corps is struggling with sexual assaults in its ranks. A survey shows nearly 20 percent of volunteers experienced some type of sexual assault, and more than half of those say they suffered repeat attacks. Pressure to change a culture of victim-blaming goes back years, but some survivors still claim they are blamed or punished. Kris Van Cleave reports.cbsnews.com
Volunteers deliver Christmas meals and holiday cheer
Volunteers deliver Christmas meals and holiday cheer Volunteers across New York City helped feed thousands of homebound elderly residents on Christmas Day. CBS News' Kris Van Cleave accompanied Citymeals-on-Wheels helpers as they prepared, packed up and delivered food and good cheer.cbsnews.com
U.S. Peace Corp volunteers exposed to Ebola
U.S. Peace Corp volunteers exposed to Ebola Two Peace Corp volunteers in Liberia have been exposed to Ebola, now blamed for 72 deaths there and in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Hundreds of volunteers have been pulled out of Africa. Dr. Jon LaPook reportscbsnews.com
Shiite volunteers mobilize behind religious leader in Iraq
Shiite volunteers mobilize behind religious leader in Iraq While Iraqi government forces are trying to show they’re on the offensive against ISIS militants, there is no denying they are increasingly relying on Shiite volunteers who answered a call to jihad by the country's top Shiite cleric. Clarissa Ward reports.cbsnews.com