57916 Volunteer-TEAM RUBICON SEEKING GALLATIN COUNTY VOLUNTEERS
MILITARY-LED VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION WITH A GLOBAL FOOTPRINT HELPING WITH LOCAL COVID 19 IMPACT
Gallatin County will soon have some extra – and capable – hands helping communities. Team Rubicon (TR) – a military veteran led volunteer organization – will be mobilizing in Gallatin County to help with core capabilities, food bank help and delivery.
TR membership lead Mona Betzler explained in an email that details of the specific task from Gallatin County Emergency Management are being assessed, but more Greyshirts (TR volunteers) are needed to help in Gallatin County.
TR was founded to pair military expertise of returning veterans with community needs in order to benefit all involved, bringing a sense of purpose, community and self-worth to volunteers as well as much needed help in communities.
TR has responded to over 400 natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria Florence and Michael. For example, Greyshirts have helped people impacted by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, severe weather, tornadoes, wildfires – and now COVID 19.
TR has a stronger foothold in Missoula, but is quickly expanding into other areas of the Treasure State. The current operation in Missoula, in conjunction with Missoula County Emergency Management, has involved gutting a vacant hotel, cleaning it up and preparing it to serve as a COVID 19 shelter, explained Amy May, TR Missoula communications coordinator – Northwest Territory.
Greyshirts have helped with food distribution to the elderly and have also, at the request of a local hospital, helped volunteers assemble protective masks for medical personnel.
May, who has experience as a large incident command specialist, firefighter, and EMT said she is proud to be a part of TR.
“[Greyshirts] help their communities, making sure that when there is an emergency they are taken care of, but it not only helps the communities, but first responders and also veterans coming back – allowing them to repurpose those skills. It is all around a good thing,” she said.
She said TR is always looking for additional volunteers – either military veteran or civilian.
“Nationally, we have 110,000 members and it is going up everyday,” she said. “We can put [volunteers] to work and help train them to help their communities.”
For more information or to get involved, visit teamrubiconusa.org
Writer’s note: I am a proud Greyshirt who joined Team Rubicon a few years ago to honor a Marine Corps Veteran I knew who died by PTSD/suicide