Calling All Winter Volunteers! Join the Hypothermia Emergency Response Team!

Hypothermia season (November 1st to March 31st) is the most dangerous season for our homeless neighbors. Last year’s gruesome winter resulted in the deaths of as many as nine homeless individuals and we are expected to have another tough winter this year. Inspired by those of you who expressed a desire to help last winter, CHGM is creating a Hypothermia Emergency Response Team (HERT).

HERT volunteers will be trained to offer basic outreach and emergency services to our unsheltered neighbors. Following the training, HERT volunteers will be on-call to canvass the streets on hypothermia alert nights, days when the government closes due to the cold, and on weekends. HERT members will offer blankets, cold weather gear, snacks, and hot beverages to those they find out in the cold. They will assess them for signs of hypothermia, encourage them to move indoors, and call for assistance with anyone at risk who can’t or won’t move inside.  With the overwhelming coverage area for which the CHGM outreach program is responsible, CHGM is excited to enlist community members to help us meet critical service needs during the frigid winter months.

If you would like to become a HERT member, please attend our volunteer training at our November Community Night on Veteran’s Day (November 11th), at 6pm. It will be a great opportunity to learn basic engagement and crisis response tools, and is a wonderful way to honor our veterans, too many of whom are homeless.

Sign up to attend the HERT training, and feel free to contact Whitney Parnell at parnell@chgm.net or 202-544-0631 for more information about the initiative.

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